Sunday, April 24, 2011

Folded Ribbon Trim Tutorial

Did you enjoy yesterday’s step by step Water Color with Markers Tutorial?  It can be a tricky process, but with a little practice, I’m sure you’ll accomplish wonderful works of art!

This weekend, as promised, I’ve got a bonus tutorial here on Created By You!  The folded ribbon trim on last week’s Sketch Frenzy Friday Card generated a lot of questions, comments and emails requesting a step by step tutorial… and I try my best to keep my readers happy!

Here’s a new card featuring the folded ribbon trim and featuring the summer mini catalog sneak peek stamp set:  Touch of Kindness.


The cute little kittens, butterflies, and grass were water colored with markers and an aqua painter.  Their tummy’s were filled with white paint from a Signo White Gel Pen, applied in small circles until the entire area was filled.

Of course, what you’re really here for is the folded ribbon tutorial… so here we go!

Supplies needed for the folded ribbon trim technique:

  • 5/8” Satin Ribbon +/- 2x the length you intend to cover
  • Mini Glue Dots
  • Tweezers or plier
  • Patterned paper
    • NOTE:  if your pattern paper (designer series paper) does not have a linear pattern, drawing two lines with a ruler and pencil will help you keep your ribbon straight.

For today’s tutorial, I have intentionally chosen a linear patterned paper (designer series paper) which will help me align both mini glue dots and ribbon folds.

Step by Step:

  1. Begin by placing a mini glue dot 1/4” from the edge of the card stock.1foldedribbontut_Cbyu
  2. Attach the ribbon at an angle to the card stock.2.foldedribbontut_Cbyu
  3. Fold the ribbon along the line and place a mini glue dot beneath the fold.  The mini glue dot should be attached to the designer series paper and new ribbon layer, near the far edge of the ribbon (not the old ribbon layer)4foldedribbontut4cbyu6.foldedribbontut_Cbyu058243.foldedribbontut08423012cbyu
  4. Add another mini glue dot along the same horizontal line as you did in step one, and continue folding back and forth along the two horizontal lines.  Two mini glue dots will be added with each fold.8foldedribbontut20945cbyu
  5. When you reach the end of the card stock, it may be necessary to fold the ribbon one more time before tucking it to the back of the designer series paper.9foldedribbtut29-945cbyu
  6. Place mini glue dots on the back of the ribbon ends, and attach to the back of the designer series paper.

The ribbon is not pressed completely flat… LOL, you could iron it if you wanted it flat!


For a little extra touch, I added a small strip of ribbon and a vanilla rosette.10foldedribbontut5418932875483cbyu

Hope you enjoyed this mini tutorial!

Have a wonderful Easter!



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Lauri said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial!! I love the look of the folded ribbon! Happy Easter!

nana_cindy42 said...

Yes! I did enjoy this! I also enjoyed the watercolor tutorial yesterday! Can't remember if I left a comment.

Happy Easter to you and your family!!! {{HUGS}}, Cindy

lisa808 said...

Thank you & Happy Easter!

Debbie said...

Thank you for the easy to understand tutorials. These have been great!

Adriana Benitez said...

Adorable card and love that ribbon technique. Thanks again for sharing the how-to with us :)

Charlotte said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for providing us with a tutorial showing how to do this fabulous ribbon treatment! You are so sweet to take the time to provide us with tutorials showing us new techniques.

Jean Fitch from jlfstudio said...

Beautiful Sharon! Thanks for the step by step. I'm not a fan of the ruffled ribbon I'm seeing everywhere but I really like this look with the more precise folds. Lays flatter too for mailing. Now if only the little ribbon roses from Occasions weren't gone now. Have to go back to making my own now!

Hope you aren't seeing too much fallout from the southern storms. Seeing everything going on these days in the weather I'm grateful for our fairly normal weather here in Southern Oregon.