Answering two questions today about Stampin’ Up! products.
Kathy asked if Stampin’ Up! will ever release the InColor inkpads in ‘spots’ as well as the usual jumbo sized pads. Kathy, I haven’t heard anything but never say never. Stampin’ Up! are actually extremely good at listening to their customers and demonstrators and I have seen them implement things that have been requested. I can certainly send in your suggestion to Stampin’ Up! and who knows, maybe one day they will find that it’s feasible to do the InColors in the spot size. Great suggestion too Kathy, I’m sure there would be many people out there interested in this.
Rachel asked about the best way to attach ribbon to card. Rachel, I use a variety of methods and the adhesive I use depends on how I want the ribbon to sit on the card. For example, with this card I used plain old sticky tape to attach the ribbon. I cut the ribbon to measure about 6cm longer than the cardstock then used sticky tape to secure the ends of the ribbon to the back of the cardstock. And then see the ‘knot’ in the ribbon on the right? Well that’s an extra piece of ribbon that I slid underneath the original ribbon then tied into a knot. It’s so much easier than trying to tie ribbon around the whole piece while making a knot.
Now if I want the ribbon to sit 100% flat onto the card such as in the card below, then I will use Sticky Strip across the whole piece of ribbon. It stays put and that ribbon isn’t going anyway.
There are other times when I want to tie a ribbon around the whole card and into a bow but I still want the ribbon to sit fairly taut, such as in the card below – in this case I will put a strip of SNAIL Adhesive (Stampin’ Up!’s roller adhesive) to the back of the ribbon before placing it on the card. This secures the ribbon while I make a bow and also holds it down nice and flat. Actually in the card below I’ve also used mini glue-dots… the bow just kept drooping so I put a mini glue-dot behind the loops to help them sit nicely in place.
A couple more tips for gluing ribbon: If I’m using Ric-Rac then I’ll place some mini glue-dots on the back of the ric-rac… this holds it in place so it doesn’t flop around. The mini glue-dots are also small enough to hide behind the ric-rac and easy to use.
For ribbon that is very sheer, even see-through, I use a Xyron. The little 150 Xyron (or the ‘X’ as some people call it) is great for ribbons as it’s inexpensive and the adhesive is transparent.
Hope this answers your question Rachel. Thanks for asking, I’m sure there’s others out there that were wondering the same thing.