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OWH Tutorial – Ribbon Brad Trick


Operation Write Home has a new tutorial up for Sandy Allnock’s Ribbon Brad Trick.

I’ve posted this video before – it was the video that caused me to realize that Heat Embossing is magical.

I took the Ribbon Brad trick to heart and did it six times.

The card looks wonky as I haven’t put it on a card base yet.

Wausau Fleck cardstock. Ribbons are Dashes Dots and Checks from Michaels. Brads are Recollections. Sentiment is Doodlebug in Versacolor Black with Hampton Arts Clear Embossing Powder.

Heat embossing…


…where have you been my whole life?

So, as I’ve said before, I’m totally new to this card making thing – started September 2012. Over the course of these past few months, I’ve watched loads of videos about various aspects of card making. I’ve learned a thing or 47 along the way. I’d seen videos that featured heat embossing but was never pushed to try it.

Along came the May Arts blog hop. I jumped right to Sandy Allnock’s post. Her card was beautiful – brown with turquoise plus a vintage phone. She had a video to go with it, to explain the card construction as well as her nifty “attach a ribbon to a card with a brad” technique.

At 1:19, I was mesmerized. That’s the point where she just started to heat emboss the telephone. Something about seeing that flat image blossom into textural loveliness made me go “OK, now I get it.”

Went out and bought a heat gun, embossing powders, black pigment ink and a clear embossing ink. Came home and tried out a simple sentiment with curly border. Having never done it, I was distressed when, after pouring on the clear embossing powder, the image became pale but then BOOM, a little bit of heat and my “thanks” just popped.

Wausau Fleck cardstock base, pattern papers from DCWV Summer Stack, Sentiment from Doodlebug Design, Embossing Powder from Hampton, Ribbon is American Crafts.

*This card is my submission to this week’s Shopping Our Stash Challenge – Use your oldest ribbon. This ribbon is, I think,  4 or so years old. Bought it originally for making hair clips that I stock in my Etsy store. It looks like an accessory item to this paper.

Card for a Girl with a ribbon bow tutorial


This is a continuation of yesterday’s post about General cards for girls. Sandy Allnock, president of Operation Write Home, has put out a request for cards for kids that heroes can send home to the little peeps in their life.

My other cards had twine accents. I decided to use the ribbon bow tutorial that Sandy put up while at CHA. I love that this trick saves on the amount of ribbon I had to use – I can make two cards with the amount of ribbon I would have used on one if I’d had to carry it onto the back of the cardfront.

Wausau Fleck cardstock front, solid pink is from Core-dinations Botanicals pack, patterns from DCWV The Stack. Sentiment is Studio G Lynette Anderson Taylor in Memento Tuxedo Black. Ribbon is from Michaels. Ribbon ends secured with dotted tape. This also helps to conceal the holes that I punched in the card.