Using ribbon on cards

By Katriel, Wed, 2011-02-02 13:52

1   Grosgrain
This closely woven ribbon has a distinctive ribbed appearance and is one of the more heavyweight ribbons featured here. Make a greeting tag to go on the front of a man’s card and tie it with this Doodlebug Design Striped Grosgrain ribbon in Baby Boy, to finish. To buy:, 01424 71570.




2   Velvet
This plush ribbon is so luxurious. The more pricey velvet ribbons are made from silk thread, with cheaper alternatives made from cotton or synthetics. Why not patch your stitching onto a piece of card, tie the top with 16mm wide Berisfords’ Velvet ribbon and attach it to a card blank for Grandparents’ Day on 12th September this year? For stockists:, or 01453 883581.


3   Sheer
This lightweight ribbon has a more open weave, making it translucent. Chiffon and organza ribbons fall into this category. Tie this 25mm wide Red Organza Ribbon in a bow and stick it to a loved one’s card. Alternatively, stitch the bow directly onto your aida.
To buy: 01753 539222.


4   Satin 
Satin ribbon is smooth and shiny and sometimes dull on the reverse – so make sure you use it the right way up! It’s perfect for very special occasions – use some of the 7mm wide Blue Turquoise Satin ribbon from Ribbon Oasis to tie a tiny metal dummy charm to a new baby card. To buy:

5   Adhesive
These clever ribbons have a self-adhesive backing, which makes them quick and easy to attach. Peel them off from the roll or backing sheet, cut to size and place on your card – voila! Use one of these DCWV Adhesive Ribbons in Far East around an aperture on a bon voyage card. To buy:, 01282 691090.


6   Greeting 
Nervous about writing greetings on your cards? Then get some greeting ribbon. Just cut a sentiment from the roll and stick it above or below your stitching. Or inside your card, of course! If you’re stitching party invites, you’ll get your money’s worth from this Celebrate ribbon spool in Party. For stockists: 01453 883581,




7   Ric rac
With its repeated zigzag shape, ric rac is perhaps
the most distinctive ribbon of all. It comes in stacks of colours and is a winner for kids’ cards. Try stitching some of this Red Ric Rac Braid in a square around your design, then patch your work onto the front of a child’s birthday card. To buy:, 01424 715701.

8   Metallic
As the name suggests, this ribbon comes in a metallic finish. If you’re making party invites or Christmas cards, you’ll find it very useful indeed! Use a ribbon slot punch along the edges of your stitched card, and thread this Gold Narrow ribbon in and out of the holes, for a glitzy finish. To buy:, 01753 539222.


9   Wired
You can get different types of ribbon with wire edging, including organza and satin. It’s handy because you can sculpt the ribbon into any shape you like. Bend some of this 15mm wide Regal Purple Wired Chantel ribbon into a star shape for a congratulations card and cross stitch the word ‘congrats’ to go underneath. To buy:, 01258 455889.


10  A multitude of ribbons
Berisfords is the largest ribbon manufacturer and supplier in the UK including satin, sheer and greeting ribbons. Use them to decorate stitched birthday cards, new baby greetings, cards for loved ones and more. For stockists: 01453 883581,


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