Sunday, June 8, 2008

Tutorial For a Woven Ribbon Card

I have had many, many requests for directons for the woven card in our gallery for our polka dot ribbon contest. The fabulous card in question won the contest for best card and was made by Ann Lind. You can click here to go to the gallery which includes her card. Ann sent me detailed directions and I have followed them here with a few changes.

First, I decided to make a square card. My finished card is 5.5" x 5.5". First I cut a piece of white cardstock 4.5" x 4.5". You can see in the photo that I put a line of adhesive around the outer edges. I used my ATG, but mono or snail would work fine also.

Next, I started cutting strips of ribbon to start the weaving process. I chose Daffodil, Turquoise, and Azalea from Pink Hedgehog Paper Crafts. Clicking here will take you to our organdy page. I chose these colors because they are close to Primary colors and will make green, purple, and orange where they cross. Ann suggested using white ribbon (or solid colors) as a base if you are going to be weaving with polka dot organdy ribbons. Begin sticking on the strips of ribbon, starting at the center.

Continue sticking on strips of ribbon until the majority of the card is covered. It doesn't show too well in the photo, but I found it worked best to leave a tiny bit of open space between the strips to allow the weave to lie nice and flat. At this point, Ann stitched down the ribbons to keep them in place.

Once you have placed all of the strips in one direction, begin weaving strips in the other direction in an over-under pattern. I found it easiest to pull up the end of each crossing strip as I wove the ribbons under them. I simply restuck the ribbons to the adhesive as I worked.

Continue weaving until the card is covered. After finishing to this point Ann stitched once again to hold down the second layer.

Cut strips of white cardstock 1/4" wide and 4.5" long. I used this step instead of the stitching steps Ann used. Cover the back of the strips with ATG or other adhesive. Stick them over the top of the ribbons to secure your weaving. This finished piece is 4.5" x 4.5".

Next, trim the excess ribbons from the edge of your piece using nice, sharp scissors.

Cut a piece of turquoise cardstock 5"x5" and center a Nestibility circle over the cardstock. Run the piece through your Cuttlebug or similar device. You could also cut a circle using the CM cutting system or any similar tools.

Cut a piece of cardstock 11" x 5.5". Score and fold in half, this will be your card base.

Adhere the woven piece to the card base, in the center.

Adhere the turquoise piece over the woven piece.

Cut a piece of Pixie Pink cardstock 4.75" x 4.75". I randomly stamped mine with the flowers from One of a Kind by Stampin' Up!. After stamping, cut a scalloped circle in the center using Nestabilities. I made the scalloped circle slightly larger than the circle cut out of the turquoise piece.

Adhere the pink piece over the remainder of the card.

To finish the card, I cut a scalloped oval out of white and a regular oval out of Pixie Pink. The sentiment is also from One of a Kind and stamped in Tempting Turquoise. I added three jaunty ribbon tails to the back of the tag and adhered to the card.

Thanks to Ann for sending in this great card and sharing the instructions. Enjoy making your own versions. Please feel free to submit your artwork to us at We will make a special Woven Ribbon gallery to hold your creations.

Happy Stamping~~Heidi


Leslie Hanna said...

I have sooooo much ribbon, I should try this. Thanks for the detailed instructions!

Jennifer Love said...

This is SO cute! Thanks for sharing!

Charlene H. said...

Thank you so much for posting this. I was asking you a while ago about how to do the ribbon weaving and totally forgot to check back. It is a very beautiful technique.