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Posted by on Jul 17, 2012 in Cardmaking 201, Stars and Stamps, Tutorial | 3 comments

Tutorial: Ribbon Flag

Tutorial: Ribbon Flag

Welcome! Thank you for stopping by to see this week’s tutorial, brought to you by Julie Fountain. You can see her original post here at Handmade By Julie. Doesn’t this card look like a lot of fun? Feel free to give it a try and stay tuned at the end of the tutorial for a few ideas of how to increase your ribbon stash. You won’t want to miss out on this one!  -Nancy

The original tutorial reads as follows:

In this tutorial I’ll show you how I created the American flag on this card, using ribbon and rhinestones. This technique is a great way to use up small amounts of leftover ribbon.  You can create any color or themed flag that you want!

The supplies:  ribbon, adhesive rhinestones, silver cardstock, star punch, scallop border punch, ink and sentiment stamps, designer paper, coordinating cardstock. Not pictured: adhesive tape

First, I cut my papers to size, punched where needed, and stamped my sentiment.   The blue star paper is 5.5″ x 4.25″ to cover an entire card front.  The white cardstock is 2.5″ square.   The red is 5.5″ wide and however tall was needed to fit the sentiment after border punching across the top.   The silver strip “flagpole” is 1/4″ wide by about 5″ but it will be trimmed shorter.   I punched one silver star for the top of my “flagpole.”

Flip your silver flagpole over and run a strip of adhesive tape down several inches.  Leave a little space at the “top” for your punched star to be added later.   Adhere the ends of ribbon strips – my ribbons here are about 3.5″ in length.

After you have your first layer of ribbons down, flip the flagpole over and put another strip of adhesive on the silver side, then carefully fold over each ribbon and press it into the adhesive.

Optional: repeat this process with a second layer of ribbon if you are creating an American flag like shown.  For my flag, after I had the red gingham in place, I put more adhesive right over the top of it to adhere down my blue grosgrain.

I used a strong adhesive (red liner tape) underneath the flagpole to adhere it to my white cardstock square.  I dotted a little bit of ATG onto the white cardstock beneath the flag to keep it in place, but I let the ends hang loose for about the last half-inch.   I trimmed all my ends on an angle to prevent fraying and because it looks cute :)

Add some adhesive rhinestones for “stars” on the flag, and pop your silver punched star on the top of the flag pole, and your flag is complete!

I trimmed my flagpole to the bottom of my white square, but I think it would also be cute to let it extend to the bottom of the card.

Thanks so much for sharing with us today, Julie! Be sure to leave her some nice comments for this well-done technique.

When I first started using ribbons as an embellishment, I found it to be one of the more frustrating kinds of embellishments to find a good supply of. Ribbon bought from the craft store can be one of the more expensive things, especially in large quantity. It’s also difficult to store and use 25 yards of the same ribbon, too. Here are a few fun ribbon ideas if you are looking to increase your supply and not go broke!

  • Shop with a friend or several. . . if each of you buy a different spool and split up the ribbon, everyone comes away with a little bit of each kind or color.
  • Watch the dollar bins and off-season sales for some great finds!
  • At every card-making party or gathering, offer a basket of ribbon scraps. Everyone who puts a little ribbon in, can take a little ribbon out, like a swap. Fun!
  • Keep your eye out at garage sales, estate sales, second hand stores and thrift stores. I have often seen huge baskets of ribbons for great prices.
  • Save ribbons off of everything… old floral arrangements, new clothing and gifts! Remind your family to save ribbon scraps for you… I just got a box in the mail from my Mom, who knows about my ribbon hoarding. She sent me several cute odds and ends and a few dollar bin finds too. Thanks, Mom!
  • Check EBay for some great finds. I once hit a “lot sale” being sold by a lady who made hair bows for little girls. She was selling a huge box of assorted odds and ends of scrap ribbons that she had left over. I bought a huge box of her scraps for just $5.00 . . this supply is still keeping me busy to this day!

Finally…. give todays’ tutorial a try and post your card here using the Linky tool… Mz. Julie has generously offered some tutorial candy today for everyone who gives this technique a try! Just look at this collection of patriotic ribbons! Aren’t they gorgeous?


To enter, link your card up here. We will pick a random winner next Monday night and announce on Tuesday!  Good luck everyone!


  1. Julie what a great tutorial. It looks like a fun technique to try. I like your tips on picking up ribbon. Thanks for the opportunity to win some great ribbon too.

    Sharon S.

  2. Dang this is adorable Julie! I found some red, white, and blue ribbon and I’m ready to link up! 🙂

  3. So cute! I am going to dig out some of my ribbon and give this a try!

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