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Posted by on Apr 17, 2012 in Cardmaking 201, Stars and Stamps, Tutorial | 14 comments

Tutorial: Paper Ribbons

Hello! Here is a fun new tutorial brought to us by the nicest lady – Rô Philippsen who actually hails from Brazil! She is a designer over at the Imaginisce Blog and graciously agreed to share this fun technique with us. Have you ever been mid-card and discovered that you need a ribbon or bow – only to be frustrated because you can’t find one to match? I know that this happens to me all the time! Here is a fantastic solution – make a pretty bow out of coordinating patterned paper! Genious! Please enjoy this fun, easy and fast tutorial and share your creations too! And now, proudly presenting. . . the paper bow tutorial.  (*drumroll*)
 – Nancy

Paper Bows – by Ro Phillipsen
I love bows! I always use bows on my projects because I think they
add an extra charm and beauty to my design.
I use different types of bows, from ribbon, and several models of paper!
So, today I would like to share with you how to make a beautiful paper bow for your projects.
It’s very easy, let’s go!
Step 1 – Cut 4 strips of paper measuring 1 x 6 inch.
Step 2 – Fold each strip in half.
Step 3 – Fold the half of each strip to the opposite, and then adhere
 the end the backside of the loop where they meet.
Notice in the picture:
Step 4 – Do the same to all strips and this is what they should
look like when you are done.
Step 5 – Glue one piece behind the other.
Step 6 – And now glue the two pieces together, like the image:
Here is a card that Rô Made with this kind of paper bow:
Fantastic, right? You too, can make paper bows to match any card by following these easy steps. You can certainly make your bows thinner, smaller or add different things to the centers for embellishment. Since they are made of paper, they also flatten down nicely for mailing. . . perfect for our OWH cards!! Now go, make, share! And leave Rô some love for sharing with us today!



  1. So this isn't too much dimension for mailing? I always worry about that.

  2. What a great idea! Thanks for the tutorial!

  3. How cute and what a fun idea! It could be bulky for mailing but we could always use out button dies and flatten it slightly. I'm sure it will flatten with all the traveling anyway 🙂

  4. This is such a neat technique! Thanks for the tutorial, Ro! I love the fact that you can ink the edges of the "ribbons"!

  5. Paper flattens nicely – I can't tell how thick that button is, but the part that worries me more is the thing hanging off the top…lol 🙂 Cute card, just needs a bigger envie 🙂 🙂 🙂

  6. Get outta the city! This is great– love the suggestion of using the paper buttons! Great idea!

  7. What a totally clever idea! Thanks for the tutorial Ro – I've got to try this!!

  8. sheer genius!

  9. I love bows too and this clever technique will really come in handy. I've got to try this tomorrow — thanks Ro for sharing your tutorial. Thanks, Sharon S.

  10. This is so wonderful & EASY! Thanks for the tut!

  11. Your paper bows are really neat!! I look forward to trying this out! Thank you for such a great idea!

  12. Great tutorial!

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