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How To: Stamp & Distress Ribbon

How To Stamp & Distress Ribbon

Hello everyone! DeeDee here  today to help ring in all the beautiful new releases.   I received four yards of the newest ribbons and am excited to share with you today a tag I created.

How To Stamp & Distress Ribbon

My main tutorial today is on stamping and distressing this lovely portion of ribbon. It’s super wide and has a great amount of “realty” for stamping on! Watch the following video to see the How-To on altering the ribbon:


How To Stamp & Distress Ribbon

I’ve also distressed the ivory printed canvas ribbon by tearing it down the center. I love the effect of the half butterflies mingling with the thread at the top of the tag. It does scream “BUTTERFLIES” across the whole tag, but still tells a part of the story.

How To Stamp & Distress Ribbon

For a little added depth on the tag I popped up the distressed ribbon on Scrapbook Adhesives foam squares. This also helps even out that layer of embellishing. When I tucked the Sequin Heart behind the butterfly it ended up a little uneven. Fixed 🙂

How To Stamp & Distress Ribbon

And last, you can see the Raffia Bows in this photo. I’ve used them to replicate the antenna on the butterfly. I mentioned in the video, it seems to make it feel a little more moth like, which is nice. I always try to show you new and different ways to use the beautiful May Arts Ribbons. I hope you’ll take some time and experiment with any ribbons you have, they don’t always have to be a bow!

By DeeDee Catron


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  1. Iris Soscia

    Gorgeous tag – love the shabby chic look.
    isoscia at aol dot com

  2. Carla Hundley

    Quite nice looking.
    Carla from Utah

  3. Emily H

    Gorgeous!!! I love this look! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Miriam Prantner

    Love how you transformed that ribbon, just beautiful!

  5. barbara macaskill

    Another MUST HAVE!!! Love this! TFS!!

  6. Mary Mac

    This project shows that even distress just how beautiful the new ribbons are.

  7. Shannon

    Great tutorial, looks like fun ribbon to play with.

  8. Cindy S

    How cool!

  9. Denise Bryant

    Thanks for sharing your project!

  10. Rebecca Ednie

    Great tutorial. Thank you

  11. TracyM #6773

    FABULOUS tag – LOVE the mix of ribbons, textures and layers!!!

    THANK YOU for sharing your inspiration and tutorial DeeDee, really enjoyed how you transformed your butterfly into a moth and your fun stamping & distressing too 🙂

  12. Darlene Gabriel

    Such a beautiful tag!

  13. Julie Gastelum

    Awesome ribbon, would love to try it out.

  14. Heather Thompson

    that is a great idea. Such a great tutorial. So many great ideas coming out with new release week. I love it. Thank You DeeDee for sharing

  15. Michelle Welch

    Love it

  16. Patricia

    Thanks for sharing . I really would like to have a chance to work with your adhesive Fleur-de-lis scroll design ribbon.

  17. DinT

    What a great project and inspiration.

  18. Misty Deatherage

    This is just beautiful. I love the idea of tearing the ribbon!

  19. Amy C.

    This is a beautiful tag!

  20. Lucy E.

    What a pretty tag! I love the distressing on the ribbon! It really emphasizes the vintage look.

  21. Tonya

    Love the vintageness of this tag! Glad you added a little bling to it!

  22. Roberta Mosher

    Have stamped on ribbon in the past. Thanks for some new suggestions.

  23. Ange

    Very pretty and creative!

  24. Michele (by belle)

    LOVE!!! It looks like I am going to have to have some of that sequined heart ribbon!!!

  25. Laura Strack

    Great Video, Deedee! I’d have to save the wire that you cut off from the canvas ribbon, too. It might make some great antenna for a butterfly, as well. Love this Tag so much!! Thanks for sharing all these wonderful ribbons and distressing techniques.

  26. jean marmo

    Just beautiful!

  27. fusiafscrapping

    This tag is AWESOME. Thank you for the tutorial – I have learned a lot. Now I’ve got to try to make mine on my own:D

  28. bearsmother

    Why do we always think everything has to be clean and neat and organized. Your tag looks great with the distressed ribbons. I’ll have to get off my neat-freak bandwagon and start distressing some of my ribbons. The tag is great. thanks for upsetting the apple cart of neatness.

  29. Sue D

    Very pretty and thanks for the tips on distressing the ribbons.

  30. Anita Braddock

    What a Beautiful Tag Love the Vintage look the details are sper. love the distressed look and the added Ribbon makes that special touch. thanks for sharing

  31. SuZeQ

    GENIUS. This is really a great idea – thanks so much for sharing.

  32. Dorothy McCarthy

    This is a great idea! Thanks!!

  33. Dorothy Seiler

    Great project, so creative!

  34. stamping sue

    Great vintage style tag with all the new ribbons. thanks for sharing
    stamping sue


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