Cards from Ribbon Scraps

I have a lot of ribbon, a LOT, so wanted to come up with a way to use some of it and thought it would be fun to make card fronts out of ribbon. I’ve never seen anyone else do this, and thought how simple….

I bought this set of stamps and dies from Amazon and liked two of the three stamp sets, but didn’t like the one that makes tags. Link: (I’m not affiliated with Amazon, and give you links just so you know where I bought these tools.) To use these stamps, leave them on their plastic backing, and using a glue stick (I use ones from Avery, link: attach the stamp sheet into your stamp positioner and stamp it three times for a good impression (at least that’s what it took for me to get a good impression.) I used clear embossing powder and heat set the images before running them through my Vagabond die cutting machine. link:

The first card I showed is using a gold mirror card front that is 4 x 5 1/4″ and I started by putting a thicker ribbon on a diagonal across the gold front. I found it was easiest to lay tear tape on the card front and then put the ribbon on top of the tear tape. I tried putting tear tape on the back of the ribbon, but that was time consuming and not as easy as it sounds. I used different thickness of ribbons and used ones that looked good with each other until the front was covered. Then took a piece of fun foam and glued it to the back of the gold mirror card front, and attached it to a 5 1/2″ wide by 8 1/2″ tall, scored at 4 1/4″ card base, to make an A2 sized card. I didn’t show this card process in its entirety because it was my practice card.

The second card I made I put thick pieces of tear tape 1/2″ wide on a card front that was 4″ x 5 1/4″ on the 5 1/4″ length on either end and put Avery glue stick on the rest of the card front. I used three different retired Stampin Up ribbons in a rusty red, a mossy green color and a dark lavender as well as seam binding in white that matches the stitching in the other ribbons. I laid the Stampin Up ribbons across the top and worked my way down the card front, with a row of seam binding, then back to the SU ribbons covering the front of the card. I used one of the sentiments I bought from Amazon on very thin foam tape link: and laid it on the seam binding near the top of the card. I made a bow out of the lavender ribbon laying on the seam binding in my bow jig link to a variety of bow jigs I attached it to the card with Glue Dots and then put fun foam under the card front and attached it to a lavender 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ card base.

Poppy card: I started with a red card base 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ and put carpet tape link: to cover the entire front of the card with 1/2″ covered with two strips of 1/4″ tear tape. Started with a row of red ribbon, then black ribbon. I had pretty poppy ribbon 1 1/4″ wide (not wired edge, as wired edged ribbon is tougher to put on a card front as the wires aren’t always straight and that is obvious on cards made with only ribbon). I put a row of the poppy ribbon, then the black, then red, then black, red, and ended with black ribbon.

Green Card: Same card size, started with carpet tape covering card front then laid a horizontal row of lime green ribbon, then a row of green diamond wrap link:, then a row of green glitter washi tape then repeated them to the bottom of the card. I added some green enamel dots on either side of the sentiment that I laid on the second row of lime green ribbon from the top of the card.

Blue Lace Card: Same card size covered with carpet tape, used a navy blue w/off-white ribbon, then a navy & off-white striped ribbon, then two rows of navy organza ribbon with an off-white lacy ribbon w/tear tape only on the top edge gluing it to the organza ribbon, then repeating, and the last row is a wavy navy ribbon that is thin. Sentiment is on thin foam tape on the striped ribbon.

Peacock: 5 x 7″ card base with gold glitter card stock to cover it, then glued the peacock ribbon on the 5″ length in the center of the card, and two rows of the lime green diamond wrap on either side. Added a sentiment on foam tape over the peacock feather near the center of the card.

Hope this gave you some good ideas for using up your ribbon scraps.

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