Category Archives: Resource

How to “anchor” a ribbon

Heartfelt Inkspiration campers have used this technique many, many times to secure ribbon so that it doesn’t slide around the card.  You may know this as a “one-hole bow,” although I don’t use it for a bow, only a knot.

The key is a hole that is punched through the panel you’re using — this could be a card front or a panel that will be adhered to something else.  Threading your ribbon through this hole means that not only is it secure, but it’s much easier to tie — like having that other person’s finger you always need!

Here are the instructions:

  1. Punch a 1/8” hole where you want the knot to be.  (If the knot needs to be further than the punch’s reach, use the universal eyelet setter.)
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  3. Insert one end of the ribbon from the inside of the card to the front, leaving enough tail to tie.
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  5. Wrap the long end of the ribbon around the front of the card.
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  7. Bring it around to the inside again and feed it through the same hole as before.
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  9. Even out the tails, one on each side of the ribbon that runs across the front of the card.
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  11. Check to make sure the ribbon is not twisted inside the card. Tie a single knot; trim tail ends.
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That’s all there is to it! Do this half a dozen times and you’ll never forget how!


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Color Combo Machine

You open your closet.  Stare at the bottoms.  Stare at the tops.  What goes together?

OK, truthfully, I don’t have that problem, but I do struggle with combining colors when I’m stamping.  The Stampin’ Up! Color Coach is a wonderful tool, one I use all the time.  But imagine a resource that has an infinite number of color combinations — and it’s interactive!

That resource exists in the Scraptitude Color Combo Machine.  The link is the image here and will be a permanent link in the bar at right.  Here’s how the “machine” works:  From the panel of Stampin’ Up! colors at left (scroll down!), click the one that will be your primary color.  Click the little Search button.  I tried this with Soft Suede and it returned 218 combinations!  That ought to keep me busy!

Or, try more than one color.  Adding Bordering Blue to the search gave me only one result, with four colors, but the combination is stunning.

Just for fun, click the Surprise Me button.  The result, a totally random combination of colors, is surprising — sometimes surprisingly beautiful!

The Scraptitude site was created by Laura Ferro.  It’s brilliant!


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