Friday, November 23, 2012

Christmas Bow tutorial












               How was your Thanksgiving?  Mine was lovely and simple.  Lots of yummy food and the blessings of my Mom, Dad, husband, and son...and of course the animals.  We gathered around and ate and than chit chatted.  So thankful for simple times like that. They are the memories I hold most dear.  Hope yours found you well and happy...and full of pumpkin pie! 
                              Now that thanksgiving has passed, it is definantly time for full on holiday crafting. Have you started?  You better get to crackin....it will be here in a New York second.   It always comes faster and faster each year. You can never have to many holiday cards in your arsenal. With cards comes bows..so I thought I would share my bow method again using my beloved red seam binding from Really Reasonable Ribbon  .  You know me and my cheating...it is so much easier to use separate bows... and for me the best way to go about getting that perfectly imperfect crumpled look I love.  I did a full wrap around on this card...wrapping all the way around the cardstock and tieing a bow near the top.  I wasn't too concerned with the first bow.  I than added a few of my paper diecuts to the card base.  Than.. as you can see in the second pic I tied my second bow and adhered it.  I use hot glue.  I am too impatient to wait.  I always hold it there for a second with my finger right in the center which causes the ribbon around the bow to "poof" up..which I like.  I also sometimes will wet a paper towl just a smidge and wrap  my ribbon in it lightly to crumple it up again.  I notice sometimes when you start playing with it it can start to straighten back out .  I usually use two separate bows..but once in awhile will add a third if it is not full enough.  The trick is to alternate the bows so they criss cross each other.  Easy peasy.  From there it was just a matter of adding my goodies to the card and I was done!  I would love to hear if you tried this and it worked for you!  Hope you enjoy..and I didn't confuse you too much!  Happy craftin and hugs, cherry
                                                          
        Ribbon-  Really Reasonable Ribbon Red Seam binding
        Cardstock- Wplus9 stamps
        Pattern paper- Pretty Little Studio Home for Christmas
        Diecuts and images- Pretty Little Studio Home for Christmas
        Buttons- my vintage stash
        Candy cane- TJ Maxx
        Paper fringe- handmade by me
        

15 comments:

Geri said...

Sweet, Cherry...and I LOVE the 'Christmas Love' previous to this!

Ros Crawford said...

This is so pretty ... That's how I usually do double bows too and I always use hot glue ... it does give a great effect ... Glad you had a lovely day!

Kay said...

Thanks for sharing the bow technique. I must have missed it first time around and I always admire your bows :)

pattyo said...

Pretty project! Thanks for sharing the bow tutorial.

Meredith MacRitchie said...

I do mine the exact same way - though I don't use hot glue... maybe that's why mine don't look as nice as yours? I always envy your beautiful bows!

vallie taylor said...

Hi, I don't leave posts, but want you to know how much I enjoy your blog. Thanks for sharing about the bow. I have been wondering about that. Of course you use TWO! You are a daily inspiration and THANK YOU! I just got my Make it Merry by OA and Farm Girl and Crate paper Sleigh Ride. I can't wait to get started on cards and FUN!

TLady said...

GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!! :) I WILL have to try DOUBLING my bows!!!!!! :) I LOVE the fullness!!!!! :) AND I like that candy cane too!!!!!!!! I made a SLEW of them one year...MAYBE, I'll have to use them on my cards this year??? :) SUPER BEAUTIFUL JOB!!!!!!!!! :)

Barbara in AZ said...

Oh my gosh, I can't wait to try your bow technique! Thanks for sharing. The card is adorable.

Audrey Pettit said...

This is just beautiful, my friend~ and you do always have the most fabulous bows!!

Angela said...

Thank you! I've always loved your bows and hoped for a tutorial. Do you glue the two bows together?

Joann Burton said...

Many blessings to you. This is the one I have been waiting for. I must have missed it the first time. And your creation is lovely. I always keep up with you and your wonderful creations although I have to say with the Holidays I did not comment as much, but please know I think you are one of the most creative people I have had the pleasure of meeting on the blogworld. Thank you again for the tutorial. joann sassy raggedy

Joanne Leddy said...

Your bows are always so wonderful ... and I love how you embellish them. I think I have some Christmas "picks" from years past - I should dig them up ... no sense in them sitting in the closet, right?

(Yes, I did crochet the tree ... )

Maria said...

Super CUTE Christmas card! Thanks for the tutorial on the bows! Glad you and family had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Take care!

Charlene said...

So cute!!! Love that little Santa and all the goodies!

Lisa said...

This really puts me in the festive mood Cherry ~ love all of your jolly details! We're helping our son and DIL move and then I'm going to get crackin!