Friday, July 13, 2007

Goodies and a Bow Tying Tutorial

This is a card I made for my upcoming card class. I love the way it turned out...and I just have to say that I'm lovin Groovy Guava, actually all the new In-Colors. I didn't think I'd like Soft Sky, but it has grown on me immensely.

Anyway, this one is pretty straightforward...I stamped the paisley stamp from Polka Dots & Paisley on the Guava card base and then stamped the sentiment from Hugs & Wishes. Then I stamped the flower in Tempting Turquoise on my White cardstock, punched the corners with my Ticket Corner Punch, and sponged the edges with Guava. Then I layered it onto Turquoise and Black cardstock and tied a ribbon around. Easy and cute!

So when I first started stamping, I had the HARDEST time tying fact I just tied knots instead. My bows were always crooked and ugly. Then one day I had a MOMENT...and I figured it out! I thought I'd attempt a tutorial to show you how I do it. Maybe it'll help at least one of you!

STEP 1: Turn your image upside down and wrap ribbon around, crossing left over right.
STEP 2: Tuck the piece in your right hand under the left piece and pull each piece to a vertical position.
STEP 3: Pull the top piece to the right side, and the bottom piece to the left side. Try to keep the ribbon as flat as possible.
STEP 4: Make a loop (I call it a "Bunny Ear" LOL) with the right piece, keeping it on the right side, and again, keeping the ribbon flat without twisting.
Step 5: With your other hand, make a Bunny Ear with the left piece. Sorry, I had to take my own pics and only had 1 hand. :)

STEP 6: Cross the pieces, left over right. I use my middle finger to keep the center from coming loose.

STEP 7: Tuck the loop on the right side under the one on the left side. I use my fingers in the loops to keep tension on them.

STEP 8: Turn your image right side up and adjust the loops and the "tails" until your bow looks like you want.

And here's the finished product! It's a small tote that we'll also make in the class that holds 6 cards and envelopes. Cute, huh? Yeah, I was pretty proud of myself. And sparkles!
So if you live in the DFW area and want to take a me! I'd love to have ya!

ETA: Sorry, forgot to post a recipe again!!
Stamps: Polka Dots & Paisley, Hugs & Wishes, Petals Jumbo Wheel
Paper: Groovy Guava, WW, Basic Black, Tempting Turqouise
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Groovy Guava, Basic Black
Accessories: Ticket Corner Punch, Turquoise Grosgrain, Black Brads, Dimensionals, Marvy Giga Scalloped Rectangle Punch (punched 2 & layered)


babyboxermom said...

This is so great for a class. For the tote, did you punch two scallop squares and layer them? It's just too cute!

texasjodylynn said...

OMG, that is SO cute!

laos348 said...

Very nice! And I"m one of those who always knots so I will have to try your technique - thanks for sharing!

lacyquilter said...

Great project. I had to chuckle. This is exactly the way my son has always tied his shoes. I honestly don't think he knows any other way to make a bow. (He's gonna be 19 next month.)

Colleen Schaan said...

This is one I need...have you noticed that NONE of my cards have bows...lots of knots, but no bows...I will have to give your method a try. I am left handed and that always seems to become a factor in bowmaking!

Adorable card and super adorable tote!

Flossie's Follies said...

That tote is adorable, and thanks for the bow tying tutorial, I am bow tying challenged.

christina (cmf1216) said...

So cute -- love the card and matching tote!! Great color combination!

AJ said...

fabulous!! Your class will love it!! ;)

Dawn said...

Great tutorial! I admit I am ribbon challenged and do knots. Well that is if my husband isn't home...haha! He does better bows than I do!

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