Day 14: Snowflake Ribbon
I can’t believe that this is my first ribbon-based Christmas card in this challenge! I feel I’ve let myself and my ribbon addiction down!
I first saw this sensational (yes, high praise I know, but really, it is!) ribbon in my favourite local craft shop, Tutbury Crafts. It’s made of organza, and has white snowflakes running along the length of it, each picked out with glitter too. I wouldn’t usually know what to do with such a wide ribbon (it’s 2.5″ wide). It would be perfect wrapped around a Christmas cake, but it’s quite big for adding to a card. But I liked the fact that each snowflake was contained within it’s own white square with a little border between each one. This made it easy to cut so that I could make the ribbon snowflake the main feature on the card.
To make the snowflake topper:
- Take the snowflake ribbon and cut down the middle of two borders, leaving a snowflake in a square, plus approx 5 mm of ribbon either side.
- Cut a pale blue square of card to the same size as the snowflake square.
- Wrap the remains of the border around the back of the card, securing with double-sided tape. This way there is no glue or adhesive showing though the organza of the ribbon.
To make the card above:
- Mount your snowflake topper onto a square of iridescent silver card using double sided tape, leaving a border of approximately 3 mm.
- Again using tape, mount this square onto a white A5 card blank, leaving an even border at the top, and left and right sides.
- This leaves a space below to place a peel-off greeting.
To make the card below:
- Use double sided tape to stick the original snowflake topper to the centre of a white square card blank.
- Chalk around the edges of the card with pale blue chalk, smudging it with your finger to soften the edges.
- Place a ‘Merry Christmas’ peel-off above, and a ‘Happy New Year’ peel-off below the snowflake.
I only bought a metre of ribbon (I can’t remember how much it was, but it was under £1 I’m sure), but made 10 cards quite easily from it. The trick was working out how to fix it to the backing card, and what colour backing card to use, to get the best from the ribbon. I’m really pleased with how these have turned out – they’re elegant, and a bit different to a lot of my other cards (no Christmas trees!).