I love it when my Papertrey goody box comes each month. The first thing I do is dig out the ribbon spools. There is such a fun variety of colors, textures and styles that I nearly start drooling right there on the spot. When I'm gathering supplies for my projects, I almost always reach for Papertrey's coordinating ribbon colors. They add texture, dimension and such a nice finishing touch to projects. Today though, I'm putting the ribbon front and center. Check out what I have up my sleeve today!
Let's get right to the project, shall we? Start by gathering up some fun colors of Papertrey Perfect Match Exclusive Ribbon. I'm using a variety of Sweet Blush, Dark Chocolate, Spring Moss, Spring Rain and Ripe Avocado.
Grab your Scor-Tape. Haven't heard of it? Here's the details right from the Papertrey website:
Scor-Tape is an amazing product. It is a premium double sided adhesive, best on the market, acid free, heat resistant and incredibly sticky tape. It can be used with embossing powders, foils, beads, glitter, ribbon etc. It is the perfect permanent adhesive for card making, boxes, books and especially our exclusive My Timeless Templates line! We carry this tape in two widths, 1/4" & 1/2". This is good stuff folks, you won't be disappointed.
Begin your project by cutting a piece of cardstock (I'm using PTI Kraft) to 4.25" x 5.5". Lay this on a craft mat...the Teflon surface helps to peel the tape off very easily. Adhere strips of 1/2" Scor-Tape over the entire surface of the cardstock piece as shown below. The tape edges will extend beyond the piece of cardstock and will adhere to the craft mat.
Below is the cardstock, completely covered with Scor-Tape.
Peel off the sticky backing of the Scor-Tape.
Next, cut strips of ribbon a little longer than the width of the cardstock. Place the ribbon strips horizontally all the way down the cardstock.
You'll end up with a completely ribbon covered piece of cardstock. It's pretty already, isn't it?
Peel the cardstock off of the craft mat and turn upside down on a cutting mat. (I'm putting my quilting supplies to good use here). Using a clear ruler and rotary cutter, trim off any excess ribbon.
Turn your piece over and now you're left with all straight edges.
Using a rotary cutter, clear ruler and craft mat, cut the ribbon covered cardstock into strips. You want to cut the opposite way that your ribbon lays....so if your ribbon lays horizontal, make vertical cuts. You can cut the strips into any width you desire. I used 1" and 1/2" strips.
Now you have what I've lovingly named "Rib-N-Strips". Kind of like Chicken Strips or Riblets...fun little morslets of ribbon that you can pile high in a basket...and gobble up on all your projects!!
And of course, I had to play with my Rib-N-Strips. Here's a few cards I whipped up using Papertrey's Wise Owl and Paper Tray stamp set. I used a combination of stems, flowers and leaves to make some fun cards.
Base card is Papertrey Stamper's Select White, then Kraft and Dark Chocolate. Ink colors are Ripe Avocado, Sweet Blush and Spring Rain.
Here's a close up shot of the Rib-N-Strips. I was pleased that there was not a lot of fraying of the ribbon. I think that when the strips are cut with the rotary cutter, it pushes the ribbon edges into the Scor-Tape, giving the ribbon a nice sealed edge. Be careful though as I'm sure if you handle the Rib-N-Strips too much the edges might fray. I used Scor-Tape again to adhere the Rib-N-Strips to my projects.