Tuesday, November 22, 2011

All Puffed Up!

Goodness! From the title it sounds like I might be talking about our neighborhood turkeys! We have anywhere from 8-20 turkeys roaming the neighborhood in the fall and winter. I think they are in hiding until Thanksgiving is over! November is quickly zooming by and 2012 will be here before you know it! 


I love wide ribbon! Sometimes I can't fit it into my design, and then have to choose a smaller width, but today's project incorporates one of my favorites: the 1.5 inch Black Gingham Ribbon:

Today I want to share a quick, little tutorial with you showing the way that I "puff up" my ribbon. I learned this from a friend awhile back, and I am sure there are other, and maybe even easier ways to do it, but this is how I do it!


First you will need a little handful of batting, some linen thread, and your ribbon of choice:

Tie off a section at the end, leaving room to fold under a layer of cardstock:

 Next, tie off a section with the thread and fill with a tiny bit of batting:
 Continue to tie and fill until you have as many "puffs" as you would like:
You can tack the openings shut with thread, or leave them open. One option for additional decoration is to add another contrasting ribbon or bow. Here I used Black Grosgrain with a white stitched edge:
Trim your thread ends, and cover the thread with pearls or another embellishment, or more contrasting ribbon all down the puffed piece. Fold the ends underneath a cardstock layer. All done!


Designer paper is the Mariposa Stack by DCWV. The sentiment is Word Art from TLC Creations. For more info and a close up, please also visit my blog, Joy in a JAR.  
Thanks for stopping by today!

11 comments :

  1. very pretty...love this technique and am definitely going to try it on one of my cards soon! thanks

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  2. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Will try this!
    hugs

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  3. How cool this is, what a great idea :-) Thanks for sharing !

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  4. Thanks for sharing! Great idea, and gorgeous card!!!

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  5. wow! amazing inspiration! thanx for this cool idea!

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    silvi xoxo

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  6. I never would have thought of that idea, very cool :)

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  7. Oh what a fun Idea! thanks for sharing! :0)

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  8. Hi, Wow this is fantastic love your idea its so nice and different, :) Sandra H

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  9. OH I am SO trying that this weekend!!

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  10. Oh my! Your card is so lovely and I think this is such a cute technique for ribbon. Thank you for sharing the how tos! :)

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