I can't wait to swap this fun, relatively simple -- but very elegant card at Stampin' Up's annual convention which starts Wednesday. On the Kraft card stock layer I scored a line 2" from the top as a guide so that when I inserted it into my new Finial Press Embossing Folder I could line it up so the embossing stopped at that line. Such a nice way to make it look as if your card is more layer-rich than it really is (and that's what makes it stay within the Post Office guidelines that cards cannot be thicker than 1/4" to go through at the standard machine processing rate.)
The greeting from Full of Life is stamped in Not Quite Navy ink -- the same color as the little Eyelet Border punched accent strip and the card base. The taffeta ribbon is Kraft and there is a little tutorial to show you how to mass produce a simple knot "bow" when you are making a lot of cards and want to save ribbon.
First -- find something to tie your ribbon around -- in my case the clear plastic top on my small bottle of Stampin' Up's Stampin' Mist stamp cleaner is perfect. I only needed a 9" piece of ribbon for my card -- I have plenty of length in the tails while I'm tying because that little loop around the top will become my "bow" -- so I don't have to try to tie those short ends like I would if I was tying it the traditional way by wrapping the ribbon around the card. What you see is one shorter "tail" at this point because I want my bow off center.
Here's what it looks like when slipped off the bottle top -- see that little loop? It will get snipped right in the middle at an angle with my nice sharp Ribbon Scissors from SU (love those -- better than any very pricey sewing scissors I've ever owned!)
So here it is snipped -- and you have two nicely angled ends on your knotted "bow."
Before I adhered my embossed mat layer onto the card base, here's a peek at the back and how you just tape down the ribbon's ends. You're saving not only that 3" gap on the back -- but also the extra ribbon you would have had to have to tie that bow. Make sense? I hope so. It's really fast if you work assembly line fashion -- so I tied all my ribbons around the bottle -- then snipped them all; then attached them all -- you get the idea.
Enjoy and check back all week -- don't forget -- a new video project on Friday!!