Sewing is HUGE on cards these days... But it's not for everyone. Many don't have a machine or just plain are "allergic" to sewing however may still want some of that same look that you can get. A couple of those same fun things can be achieved by a few tricks! While playing with my Papertrey Ink Saddle Stitch ribbon I remembered something I made in my youth... something with gathering. (I think it was an attempt at a skirt. LOL!) That is the inspiration for this no-sew ribbon trim project!
So... how about learning how to do some quick gathering tricks with this awesome ribbon. You would have giggled at me if you were a fly on the wall when I started playing with this concept. I had every color out and was scrunching my heart out... it was so addictive. Here is how easy it is...
(I used bright colors to show you because of the contrast) First.... it's hard to trim the ribbon to the exact needed length right from the start because of the gathering...so you will need to cut a larger piece than you think you will need. Next, lift out the end of the thread from ONE side of the ribbon (do this on both ends ) and gently start scrunching the ribbon into the middle.
I used sticky tape style adhesive here to adhere it to the cardstock.
After it's on you can form it a little to give it some continuity. (wrap the ends around the back of the cardstock and tape it to secure the side... or use a liquid glue to secure the end so that the stitch doesn't come out... use fray check on the ends if you do that though)
It adds such a feminine feeling to this card. (I used masking and sponging to color the flowers with Spring Rain and Enchanted Evening inks)
Don't the ruffles look fantastic with the flourishes! Now... if you were to go buy gathered ribbon you would see it's a bit spendy. What a great way to stretch your creative funds huh!
So... after playing with one-sided gathering.... I thought about gathering/ruffling both sides...
It was such fun pushing that ribbon and scrunching! Heehee! You can see the extra leftover thread from the ribbon on the ends.
Such a quick and simple way to add depth and texture to a project!
I wanted to say also that I love the True Black and Fresh Snow ink! Look how great True Black looks on that Bitty Dots paper! So nice and solid.
Aren't you excited to try this now?!?! What can you see making with these fun ribbon trims? There are some other fun things that I've discovered and will be sharing soon. I can't wait... can you tell how excited I am about this! Heehee!
Let me know your thoughts... and thanks for poppying by!
supplies not listed already- Marvy Corner Punch, Papertrimming Buddy with Pinking blade, (Kraft, Spring Rain, Enchanted Evening, Vintage Cream, White, Smoky Shadow) Cardstock, True Black Buttons.