Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wednesday Trends - Pleating Ribbon

Hi everyone, Heather here for this week's Wednesday Trends... :) I get a lot of questions on how I pleat and ruffle the ribbon on my cards, so I thought I would take some time today to show you how you can create pleats.  Pleating is a very easy technique to do, and it really looks lovely on your completed cards.  The only supplies you really need are ribbon and Scor-Tape (I usually use the 1/4" width for pleating).  I know some people use their Tombow tape runner or red line tape, but I find that the Tombow adhesive isn't strong enough to create a permanent bond (the pleats will pop back up), and red line tape is a little too unforgiving if you make a mistake while pleating/ruffling.

To start out, apply a piece of Scor-Tape across the base of the card (or whatever cardstock you'll be adding the ribbon to), and remove the paper backing.  Adhere about 1/4-1/2" piece of ribbon to the card base, and fold the next section of ribbon to create what will become the pleat.


Hold the pleat in place, and press down another 1/4-1/2" section of ribbon to secure it to the card base.  You should end up with a pleat that looks like this:


Repeat the process along the length of the Scor-Tape strip, and you should end up with this:


Next, add little strips of Scor-Tape to the sections of ribbon adhered to the card base:


Remove the paper backing, and gently press the ribbon loops into the adhesive to secure:


See... that's it! Super easy! :) Here is my completed card:


Have a great day!! :)

-Heather P.

10 comments:

  1. you are such a rockstar, heather! great tutorial!

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  2. Super easy to follow tutorial! Thanks so much! I've been fiddling with the unforgiving red tape - off to try with the Scor-Tape now!
    TFS!
    x

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  3. So, that's how it's done! I've always wondered and was afraid it involved sewing. I can handle tape! Thanks for the directions. :)

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  4. That's a great tip. I had done pleating on a project but did not use the right adhesive and it came off! Bummed for sure...this would have helped me pick the adhesive. Learning by trial and error...LOL!

    Smiles!
    Gwen

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  5. Fabulous tutorial Heather! I'll have to give this a try! :) Thanks for edumacating me. ;)

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  6. Woohooooooo!!! Thank you oh great one for this FABULOUS tutorial!! I can't wait to give it a go now!! :D

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  7. looks great! very similar to how I do it-will have to try the score tape! thanks for sharing!

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  8. Okay.....now you've made it look oh-so-easy, I'm gonna go home tonight and give it a go!! Thanks for sharing your tips with us. xx

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  9. Thank you SO MUCH for the tutorial. If you will follow up with one on how you do your gorgeous ribbon ruffling I will be SO HAPPY. I cannot tell you how much ribbon I have RUINED trying to duplicate the lovely ruched affect you get with your ribbon ruffles!

    You are the QUEEN of RIBBON, I bow to your genius!

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