Friday, September 24, 2010

Embossed Ribbon

You're definitely going to like this technique!  The ladies made this card at my Technique Tuesday classes this week.  I found the idea on Barb Mullikin's blog.  I tried using heavy starch as she recommends, but the embossed image wasn't crisp enough.  Maybe it's the North Carolina humidity!  Instead, I used "Stiffen Stuff" (found at your local craft store) and it worked beautifully.  You simply spray the ribbon, pop it in the microwave for 30-40 seconds and you'll have nice crisp ribbon.  Then you're ready to run it through your Big Shot using the embossing folder of your choice.  Here's a close-up photo of the ribbon:

One other little tip....I don't know about you, but I have difficulty coloring in stamps with markers especially when they have small crevices.  The ink tends to pool in the crevices resulting in an image that isn't very clean.  Instead of using the Pear Pizzazz marker on the center portion of the image, I inked the entire image with the Pear Pizzazz stamp pad and then wiped off the other areas with a paper towel.  I was then able to use markers to finish coloring in the image.  The result was no ink in the crevices and a brighter green for the image.

The inspiration for the layout of the card came from a display board at a recent team meeting.  I love this color combo - very retro.

Here's what I used:

Friends Never Fade

Baja Breeze
     5-1/2x8-1/2 Card Base
     Scrap for Scallop Circle
Early Expresso
     4x5-1/4 Large Layer
     Scrap for Circle
Pumpkin Pie
     3-3/4x5-1/8 Embossed Layer
Whisper White
     Scrap for Main Image
Greenhouse Gala DSP
     3-3/4x 2-1/2 Layer

Pear Pizzazz Stamp Pad
Pear Pizzazz Marker
Baja Breeze Marker
Pumpkin Pie Marker

SU! Square Lattice Embossing Folder
SU! Finial Press Embossing Folder
Scallop Circle Punch
1-1/2" Circle Punch (non SU!)
1-3/8" Circle Punch
5/8" Old Olive Satin Ribbon
Stampin' Dimensionals

Have a great weekend!

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  1. I love the ribbon on this card......and the colors you used really make the card. Great Job!!!!

  2. Gorgeous. Another way to do this is run the ribbon through the Xyron, attach to the card and then run through the Big Shot.