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Types Of Ribbon For Card Making And Scrap Booking

Aug 17, 2007
One of the most popular accessories to use when creating cards and scrap book pages is to accessorise it using ribbon. Adding ribbon to a card can really finish it off giving it a professional finish and really make a card stand out.

Ribbons today are manufactured from many different types of fabric from satin to nylon some are patterned some have decorative items such as sequins or pearls added to them others have stunning edges.

Grosgrain ribbon is often used for card making, grosgrain ribbon is one of the more heavy ribbons and is normally made from silk, it can be purchased in a huge variety of colors. Grosgrain ribbon has a sort of ribbed look to it and is bold and usually consists of 1 solid color.

Satin ribbon is made of a smooth silky material either silk or rayon, it has a glossy look and is sometimes dull on the back. Satin ribbon is great for card making and scrap booking because of its shine, it is also commonly used for gift wrapping. This type of ribbon comes in a variety of colors and sizes to suit any project you are creating.

Velvet ribbon is probably one of the harder ribbons to work with when card making, this ribbon is luxurious and adds a touch of elegance. Velvet ribbon is soft and is a silky densely piled fabric with a plain back. Velvet ribbon is available in many different colors and sizes.

Organza ribbon is becoming more and more popular with crafters, it can be purchased in every color you can imagine and every size possible. It is a lightweight ribbon that has a sheer crisp look. Organza ribbon is especially popular for wedding cards.

Organza Ribbon can be plain or extremely fancy, it is extremely versatile and looks stunning when made into a big bow for the front of a card.

Gingham ribbon is one of my personal favourites it is a medium weight plain weave ribbon which has a check or plaid pattern. The checks in gingham ribbon are equal in width so they resemble little squares. Gingham ribbon has been around for centuries and is becoming more and more popular. Gingham ribbon comes in many different colors and sizes.

When using ribbon for card making it is important to use the correct adhesives, some ribbons are see through and there is nothing worse than seeing glue or a huge sticky dot where the ribbon has been fixed to the card. If adding a bow try and incorporate something that will set it of and also fasten it to your project, I find a brad work just fine and it will secure the ribbon at the same time.

What ever type of ribbon you use you will not be disappointed, I find when I have finished a card and I feel there is something missing a bit of ribbon sets it off a treat.
About the Author
Vicki Churchill writes for several sites that specialize in scrapbooking and step by step guides on cards to make.
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