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Exploring Womanhood > Heart of the Home > Craft Projects > Homemade Cards, Gift Wrap & Gift Bags

Ribbons for Handmade Cards

Adding ribbon to a handmade card can enhance its design beautifully. Below, we share with you several different ways to use ribbon on cards. (All images are copyright STAMPIN' UP!, 1990-2004.)

Card #1: Ribbon on the Binding
Using a thin, metalic cord, lay the cord in the binding of the card (see photo) and then tie it in a bow along the spine on the outside of the card (see photo). You don't need to use any adhesive for this look; just tie it so that it fits snuggly against the binding.


Card #2: Ribbon as a Card Topper
This one works best with an average-sized ribbon. (The one in the photo is grosgrain.) Put a bit of adhesive on the inside of the card where you want your ribbon to be. Measure the ribbon, making sure you will have enough to tie the bow on the outside. Lay the ribbon inside the card over the adhesive (see photo) and then wrap it around to the outside of the card and tie the bow. (You can center it or put it on either side.) Tip: Tie the bow with the card facing upside down to you, and it should come out right side up.


Card #3: Ribbon on the Side
Use a wide organdy ribbon for this look. Punch a hole in the card where you want to thread the ribbon to create the bow. Wrap the ribbon around the outside of the card first, then into the inside. Thread both of the ribbon ends through the hole, and gently pull them through (see photo.) Tie the ribbon on the front so that it gathers the whole ribbon together (see photo.) Snip the edges of the ribbon to make them neat.


Card #4: Ribbon down the Middle
Choose the cardstock you will use for your card and fold it in half. Using a second piece of cardstock in a contrasting color, cut a ribbon to fit the card, then use adhesive to attach it behind this cardstock. Then attach this cardstock to the card. You can cover the ribbon with a decorative square. (The example uses a metalic ribbon.)

Card #5: Double Ribbon down the Middle
Using the above technique, attach a wider ribbon first to the second piece of cardstock, and then attach the smaller ribbon for a double ribbon look. (The example uses a wide organdy ribbon with a thin, metalic cord.)

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