Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Valentine Ribbon Plate

Happy New Year to my poor neglected followers! I haven't forgotten you, I am just entering my busiest time of the year, and I am meeting my obligation for The BugBytes today, and I wanted you to know that I am still alive but that I will definitely be hit and miss for the next few months.

I actually had another project done and photographed and because I am nuts decided that it was the wrong time of year for that particular project and to make this instead - so I will be sharing the other project next month or the month after. I have had ribbon plates on the brain since my friend Dayna posted this one a few months ago, and was lucky enough to pick up some small ones at Hobby Lobby on my last trip.And after the ease with which this project came together,  I can definitely see some more in my future!

The details: 
The image is from LoveStruck 2010 and is cut at 3.75 inches out of red vinyl. I will admit I had to cut it a few times before I got a clean cut, but it had been a while since I had replaced my blade. In fact, the longest part of the whole process was attempting to cut the image twice before biting the bullet and getting a new blade out (this is about where the mumbling and grumbling started too but that's another story). A new blade was just what I needed, and then it was actually very easy to weed the image, place painter's tape over it and transfer it to the plate. 

I thought the American Crafts XOXO ribbon I had on hand was a nice fit with the image, and I used about a 42 inch length of ribbon, which went all the way around the plate and gave me plenty left to hang the plate. I tied a knot in the back and then a bow at the top which I did not photograph for fear you would all laugh at my sad bow skills. 

This really was a simple and easy project - in fact  - I am sure this blog post has taken longer than the project did! If I am not a frequent poster over the next few months, I haven't forgotten you - just that pesky life getting in the way - I will be back!

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