Each month I send out two newsletters to my customers. One brings you up to date on promotions offered by Stampin' Up! and announces my classes for the month. The second one is full of great samples using Stampin' Up! products. This month's newsletter has a great article written by my friend, Debbie O'Neill, on tying of bows. Besides opening a stamp pad this is the number one challenge my customers face. I hope you enjoy the article and if you want to receive my newsletter each month please sign up in the box in the right hand sidebar of this blog.
Q: How do you tie great bows? I look at the catalogue and see perfect bows, but mine never turn out looking that nice. What’s the trick?
A: There sure are some amazing bows out there! You are right — there are a couple of tricks. First of all, there are many ways to tie bows. I’ll share a quick tutorial below with one of my favourite bows! Second, knowing which types of ribbons work best with certain bows is a big help. And lastly, once you’ve learned about the first two tricks, the last trick is just good old fashioned practice!
It always gets “oh’s, ahh’s, and wows"! Book a workshop with me this fall and we can plan to include some great bows in the demonstrations and make 'n’ takes. You and your friends will love knowing how to make a variety of bows for cards, scrapbooks, crafting, and even basic gift giving! The Elegant Bow is one of my favourites because it is easy, flat, and looks like you know a secret bow-tying trick, which you will! I’ve included a quick tutorial for you below that I hope you enjoy!
Elegant Bow Tutorial
1. Lay a 5" piece of ribbon out flat. Add a dab of SNAIL to the center.
2. Fold in the right end of the ribbon and adhere to SNAIL. Add a dab of SNAIL on top of the ribbon end.
3. Fold in the left end of the ribbon and adhere to SNAIL. Add a dab of SNAIL on top of the ribbon end.
4. Place one end of a 2" piece of ribbon over the center of the folded ribbon creating an upside down “T" shape. Add a dab of SNAIL on top of the ribbon end that is over the folded ribbon.
5. Wrap 2" piece of ribbon around the folded ribbon until it overlaps and adheres to itself. Pull ribbon snug so it is flat, but not so tight that it causes the ribbon to gather.
6. Trim off excess ribbon.
7. The Elegant Bow is complete. Press it flat or push the ends gently to puff it up a bit based on your preference. Adhere the elegant bow to your project alone or layered on a strip of
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