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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Technique Lover's Challenge #286 - Ribbon Butterflies Tutorial

Hello everyone!!! It's my turn to host the TLC challenge on Splitcoast this week and I have a real fun one for ya!!! I bet you have a boat load of ribbon scraps just like mine....let's use them to make something fun!!! My challenge is called *anything but a bow or knot*....that's right....no bows or knots with the ribbons!!! I want you to think of some creative way to use your ribbon scraps!!
I am going to show you how to make some ribbon butterflies which use about 1 1/2 inches of 7/8" ribbon and a little twine or wire.

Wrap the twine around the ribbon piece and tie a knot (this kind of knot is OK...giggle) at the edge, gathering the ribbon in the middle as you tighten the knot.

Tie a double knot to secure and fluff the wings....

Leave about a half inch of the twine for the antennas.

The green polka dot 1 1/2" wide ribbon was used for the flower bases....they were cut with a Stampin Up! flower die and glued to the card over the ribbon stem. The leaves were cut with a die from green grosgrain ribbon and the edges were ruffed up a little. The orange gingham ribbon was gathered with a needle and thread along one of the long edges...I started out with about 3 inches of ribbon and after gathering I sewed the two short side edges together, glued the flowers to the green bottom layer and added the buttons with twine. The sentiment is from Nina Brackett's Elegant Post set.

Recipe:
Stamps: Nina Brackett's Elegant Post
Paper: White, Old Olive, The Paper Studio dp
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Ribbons, Twine, Buttons
Here is another sample using wire and a different shaped butterfly.


This ribbon is 5/8 inches so it was a little easier to work with. Attach the wire the same as the twine and twist the ends to secure.


I curled the antennas on the end of a paint brush for a fun, whimsical look.




The ribbon strip was also gathered with the wire...the ends were left long enough to slip on the button, twist the ends to secure the button, and curl the ends.



The pearl flourish and the sentiment from Rubbernecker's Party Time set finishes it off.
Recipe:
Stamps: Rubbernecker's Party Time
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Mellon Mambo, Kiwi Kiss, Webster's Pages dp
Accessories: Ribbon, Buttons, Copper Wire, Zva Pearl Flourish


I hope you have fun with this challenge.....I can't wait to see what everyone creates!!!



24 comments:

Kimberly S said...

What a wonderfully creative idea Joan! The butterflies are so sweet, and both cards are simply gorgeous! :)

Becky said...

These are fabulous ideas..I love them.

Pat (mspfd) said...

What a super fun challenge. LOVE your ribbon butterflies! Your samples are inspirational and fabulous!

Angella D. Crockett said...

Joan, this is so fantastic!!!! What an awesome tutorial! Can't wait to try this! God bless you, GF!!!!

Julia Aston said...

what clever uses for ribbon Joan! thanks for the great tutorial

Mothermark said...

Absolutely precious! Woot!

Grace said...

Oh Joan... these are all great ideas!!! Thanks for sharing them with us!!!

debbie said...

WOW, I love all your examples and those ribbon butterflies are adorable, can't wait to give that a try!!

Cook22 said...

Well, if that isn't the cutest way of making ribbon butterflies. I've only ever done them by tying a knot (which I suppose wouldn't have been allowed today) and snipping the ends. But of course they didn't have antennae, which makes these totally perfect.

Amber (bambi64) said...

too cute! ribbon butterflies.. who woulda a thunk? love your second card with that ribbon treatment.

Linda Palmer said...

Some great ideas!! Love the idea of using the scraps of ribbon. Love the ones with the wires.

Janie Printz said...

You are just the most clever lady to think up this idea of using our scrap ribbons to make these cute little butterflies ... Beautiful little cards & what cheap embellishments. Oh except for those gorgeous pearl flourishes. Where can we buy them ?
Hugs, Janie

Bev J. said...

Neat butterfly project. I have been gone the last two days so no stamping done, but want to try this. tfs

Julie- justwritedesigns said...

Terrific, Joan! I might even be able to handle some ribbon butterflies. I'm so ribbon dysfunctional it's not even funny. At least not to me. My ribbon laughs at me daily, lol.

maryr917 said...

what a great idea to use ribbon scraps-so creative-love both your cards

Dani said...

Oh Mylanta! How cute! Guess what I'll be trying later today... :)

Shelly Schmidt said...

What a great tutorial- I love the idea of the whisps on top- what a fancy card you created with all of the embellishments- love this!

Rose Ann said...

Both of your cards are beautiful, and I love your butterflies!! Thanks for the great tutorial!! I will have to give these a try!

Joanne (jojot) said...

aren't you the clever one...to make butterflies from scraps...

Katie Renz said...

Love it!

marilynprestonn said...

Sure enjoyed using this easy tutorial Joan. I will try them again. Thank you so much for this fun way of making butterflies.

:) Kindly, Peggy

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Oh my, I'm going to have to try these ribbon butterflies....AWESOME!

meemee48 said...

THOSE RIBBON BUTTERFLIES. WHAT FUN!

Connie said...

I found your blog by google because I was looking for simple ways to make butterflies with ribbon. I love your version & even tried some.
Thanks for the inspiration Joan.

Connie (Stamp300)