Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Perfect Non-Slip Organza Bow

I have been working on my DT card today for Penny Black Saturday next week.....it's using acetate (VERY IN AT THE MOMENT) and organza ribbon.....well how do you fix organza to acetate without ending up with a gluey mess...well I can't show you the card but let me share with you a little trick I learned some years ago and it's the perfect way to do a non-slip wrap around bow on acetate or in fact on cardstock. Now I've seen demos on Craft TV shows....."just wrap the ribbon around your card and tie in a bow" OK first you need to borrow someone's finger to hold the knot (and I don't always have access to somebody's finger) and it maybe stays in place for the duration of their demo but let me tell you after a bit of handling it will be slipping and sliding around all over the shop. Because I have been crafting for donkeys years I assume that everybody knows these things and forget that there are lots of new crafters out there so this is for you.
I used satin ribbon for the demo because the camera isn't always happy with organza. Folk at demos have said to me I just stick my satin ribbon down with D/S tape.....OK that's fine but I don't think you get that proper wrap around look so I still do it this way whatever type of ribbon.
Please forgive the camera work....these are not your usual professional tutorial pics.

Here is the finished article on an acetate card......

and the back just as neat as the front

First punch two holes at the folded edge of your card in the centre
P.S. A very useful comment from Eveline - she only uses one hole....so always open to suggestions, I gave it a try and it works....the only thing I would say if you are using a heavier wide ribbon it might be better to go with the two holes.

Then lay the ribbon over the holes and turn over....

You are now going to feed the ends of the ribbon through the punched holes...and when you turn your card over it will look like this
All you have to do now is tie your ribbon in a knot and tie your perfect bow.
Voila - one perfectly secure wrap around bow that is not going anywhere....give it a try and let me know how you get on.
Love Kath xxxx

29 comments:

Allison said...

ah- very interesting
AllisonX

Pearl said...

O this is heaven sent, Kath ! I have the hardest time tying a good if not perfect bow & know that a tool of some sort is the answer ! So much ribbon but no bows when I use them ! lol ! must try this soon !

thanks much !

Jennifer said...

Brilliant idea!!! Thanks so much for sharing. Can't wait to try this technique.

All Pink girl said...

Wow you are sure one cleaver lady Kath xxx
what a fab idea ,thanks ,Dawnxxx

Dawny P said...

Now you know me and me bows... I sort of love em. This is fabbitastic lol xx. I've never used that way before but I will now. Perfect!!. Thank you soo much Mrs Kath for this tip - you are sooo talented - and I cannot wait to see the finished card on PBSC xxxx

Tip Top said...

Heheheheh!! The ribbon queen is impressed! I usually make a sticky and sweary mess! Or if I'm really lucky, it works first time and no cursing!

Suzanne said...

Brilliant Tutorial Kath!
Wonderful Idea! Thanks for Sharing!
Will try not to use it on every Card from now on lol!
Hugs Suze x

Chris said...

Holy Moly you make it look so easy Kath... I always have trouble tying ribbon, well that is when I can pull myself away from stroking and drooling over it...lol Parting with it is not my strong point but I am certainly going to give this a go. Thanks for the tutorial... anything that makes crafting easier is a hit with me!!
hugs
Chris xx

Milly Moo Cards said...

Hi Kath - that is just so helpful. I always struggle with a good bow - now I know what to do. Will def be giving it a try and let you know how I am getting on.
Love Terri

Milly Moo Cards said...

Hi Kath - that is just so helpful. I always struggle with a good bow - now I know what to do. Will def be giving it a try and let you know how I am getting on.
Love Terri

Milly Moo Cards said...

Hi Kath - that is just so helpful. I always struggle with a good bow - now I know what to do. Will def be giving it a try and let you know how I am getting on.
Love Terri

Eveline said...

I do that with just 1 hole. I saw Pam Smerker do that on her blog (on the video's she makes every Friday) and I just loved the easy way she tied her ribbons. You need more ribbon but you get lovely bows.
Eveline.

vintage wil said...

brilliant idea,thanks for sharing.

Jozza said...

Good lord woman - you're a genius!!! Yippeee! I'm going to try that later :o)

Thanks so much.

PS. I see you've been making things again - slow down - I can't keep up!! I'm at work so I'll be back later to have a proper look :o)

SammieJay said...

Wow -thanks! Haven't had a chance to try it yet, but that's one tip I won't forget. Storing up for the next time. TFS!
SammieJay

mudmaven said...

Thanks so much for the great tutorial! I and my stampin' gals too often struggle with bows. What a great idea! Thanks. ~chris

joey said...

How clever is that!, thanks for the tutorial i think this might just help me ALOT! lol.x

Bunny B said...

Great tip!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

tracie said...

oh wow Kath what a fabulous demo, I will definately be using this trick in the future - thanks hun.
Hope your having a good week, there's a little something for you on my blog :)x

Carol said...

oh wow what a fab idea...definately going to try this one...tfs

Anice said...

Wow Kath that is brilliant! Right you might be seeing that on a future TV Crafting show, obviously crediting you with the technique!!!
Anice xx

Kimberley said...

As ever thank you for sharing your knowledge.

metalicbutterfly said...

thanks for sharing such a fantastic idea Kath


Emma x

Penny said...

Good one Kath - thanks! I am definately bow-challenged :)

Kathryn said...

You are my HERO--
Seriously -- I've always wondered HOW people did that -- now I know.
Thanks so much for the lesson!
Made my day or I should say it made my week -- it's been a tough one.

:)

Shelly said...

Thanks for a great tip Kath! I'll have to try that ;o)

Sue said...

Thank you so much Kath, that is so easy when you know how isnt it?? I will give it a try.

lola rose said...

Fab - thank you Kath : )
Liz
xx

Rhynah said...

Wow! I'm totally trying out this tie-a-bow -thing soon. Thanks for the hint!

Lovely creations, btw. Very inspiring! :)

- Rhynah

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