Welcome to Day 3 of May Arts Week on the Paper Crafter’s Library Blog! We’re so excited to partnering with May Arts to showcase their stunning ribbons. I don’t know about you, but here at Paper Crafter’s Library we’re ribbon lovers – you’ll find ribbon on almost all of our projects – which is why we’re so thrilled to have May Arts as an Invited Sponsor. You haven’t seen ribbon until you’ve seen May Arts Ribbon – they offer a multitude of different colors and styles of ribbon to suit any preference and taste – and all of it, top quality!
Every day this week we’ll be sharing fantastic projects featuring May Arts ribbons created by both the May Arts Design Team as well as the Paper Crafter’s Library Designers/Educators. At the end of this week, two lucky winners will receive their choice of FOUR rolls of ribbon from the May Arts website. One winner will be drawn from all the comments left either here on the Paper Crafter’s Library blog or the Paper Crafter’s Library Facebook page , and one winner will be drawn from all the comments left either on the May Arts Blog or the May Arts Facebook Page. Remember, each comment you leave is one entry, so be sure to visit every day not only for the great project ideas, but also to enter your name into our give-away.
About May Arts
May Arts Ribbon was founded in the early 1980’s in Riverside, Connecticut. The original products were high-end silk flowers imported from Taiwan, which were decorated using quality ribbons. The decorative ribbons proved so popular among customers that the business gradually evolved into a dedicated ribbon wholesaler.
As a family-owned and operated business, May Arts began a long-standing tradition of quality, affordability and exceptional customer service. We are dedicated to carrying on this same tradition by offering high quality products at competitive prices. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is always happy to answer your questions or to assist you in placing your order.
May Arts carries a wide selection of quality ribbons to choose from; such as grosgrain, silk, satin, burlap and a variety of prints and patterns. All inventory is held in stock, so we can ship orders out right away—typically the same day.
Where to Buy May Arts Ribbons
The May Arts website is their wholesale site for online and brink and mortar retailers. We’ve linked to it so that you can easily view their entire product line in one place. There are numerous places where you can purchase May Arts Ribbons including many local scrapbook stores as well as online stores. Two of the online stores that carry the biggest selections that we are aware of include Amazon, who carry the complete May Arts Ribbon Line (plus you can qualify for free shipping). Click on the link we provided and it will take you to our May Arts Ribbon Search Results. To find a particular ribbon, go to the May Arts website, find the name of the ribbon and color and then enter that into your Amazon search results. Please note that through Amazon you’re buying by the roll. Most other online and local scrapbook stores sell May Arts Ribbon by the yard. One of the online stores that carries a great selection is Ribbon Carousel.
May Arts Design Team Project
Our next May Arts Designer with her lovely project is Karen Baker. You can see the fabulous project below but in the meantime, here is a little bit about Karen:
My name is Karen Baker and I’m a graphic designer by trade, wife, mama to two energetic young boys, and always a crafter at heart.
I like to expand my boundaries by experimenting and showcasing the capabilities of each stamp set I pick up. I’m quite fond of the clean and simple design style, which you can see on my blog The Bald Dragonfly.
I’m lucky to have the title of stamp illustrator as well! I hope you enjoy the project created below especially for Paper Crafter’s Library.
Father’s Day Ties
Chevrons are really on trend these days in fashion and the crafting industry. May Arts offers a variety of fresh and cool colors in their 382 collection: striped twill that features the chevron pattern. I teamed up the citrus green color (382-34-46) with a paper cutting die in the shape of a tie (I used this one from Wplus9) to create a fun, 3-D card perfect for any man in your life.
I started by adhering ~2.5 inch length of ribbon to the same size piece of double sided adhesive, being careful to only remove the secure backing from one side of the adhesive. Then I ran that through my die cutting machine, as well as a piece of cardstock. I also ran a small piece of ribbon through the machine, utilizing the top portion of the die only, as well as making sure that my ribbon laid in the opposite direction.
Once I had the pieces cut, I took a carefully took a lighter to the edges of the die cut ribbon to remove any frayed edges. I then adhered the larger portion of the die cut ribbon to the cardstock after removing the backing from the adhesive-this gave the die cut ribbon more stability. Then, I formed the 3-D portion of the tie by adhering the small portion of the die cut ribbon to the larger portion with a 3-D foam square.
I finished the card by attaching the tie to a trimmed length of May Art’s black twill (FN10) and then securing that to a trimmed piece of cardstock. Here’s a quick tip to get even angles on both your pieces: cut the ribbon and cardstock at the same time! I secured both pieces to an embossed card stock panel, stamped a sentiment, and then glued that all to my card base.
I plan on making a few of these cards in different color schemes and giving them as a set. You could even mix and match solid ties with patterned ties, as May Arts offers a wide selection of solid colored twill as well!
Paper Crafter’s Library Designer Projects
Today we’ve got a number of different projects created by our Paper Crafter’s Library Designers featuring several different kinds of May Arts Ribbon.
Our first few projects feature the Netted Ribbon – I absolutely LOVE this stuff as it can be used for SO many different things.
First up, we have a video tutorial for this “Mom” card created by Tracy – Senior Designer/Educator for Paper Crafter’s Library which features both May Arts Netted Ribbon and Ruffled Ribbon to create the focal strip across the front of the card.
You can view a video on how to create this Mom card here.
The next two projects are both mixed-media pieces which I created. The first one is this Just Be You Canvas. In mixed-media, texture is key – with any art journal page or mixed-media canvas you see there are always tons of textural elements incorporated into the piece. In the canvas below I started by covering the entire canvas with Tim Holtz Terminology Tissue Paper using my Claudine Hellmuth Multi-Medium Matte. I then used that same medium to apply my May Arts Champagne Netted Ribbon over the entire canvas, directly over the Tissue Paper. Because the netting has so many wide open holes, you can see the tissue paper beneath, giving it a really dimensional effect. I’ve included two close up shots below as well so that you can see what the netting looks like on the surface of the canvas.
In addition to the May Arts netted ribbon, I also used May Arts Black Baker’s Twine as an accent around my focal point greeting – this was also adhered using my Claudine Hellmuth Multi-Medium Matte.
The second mixed-media project I created, which I do have a video tutorial for you is for this “Soar” Art Journal Page. I followed the same process for creating my background as in the canvas above – I started by covering my pages with the Tim Holtz Terminology Tissue Paper, and then used a May Arts Turquoise Netted Ribbon over the entire 2 page spread. Other fun details on this page include the embossed edge on the page which uses the Wow! Verdigris Embossing Powder.
For details on my thoughts behind this page, please visit my blog: http://andreawalford.com/art-journaling-soar-art-journal-page-video-tutorial
Here are a couple of close-ups of the page:
As I mentioned above, I have a video tutorial for this art journal page – I just want to warn you though – it’s long – about 40 minutes, broken up into two parts. Art Journaling is NOT a fast process, or at least I am not a fast art journaler. I do talk you through the creation of my whole page rather than simply fast-forwarding and dubbing in music simply because I remember when I was trying to learn how to art journal, I wanted all the details I could get.
Our last project for today is a Paper Crafter’s Library member exclusive created by Tracy featuring the May Arts Black Ruffled Ribbon. In this project, Tracy uses the ruffled ribbon to create intersecting sections of ribbon in order to hold photos or other memento’s on the board.
There is a video tutorial and handout for this project available to our Paper Crafter’s Library members.
So there you have it! Day 3 of our celebration of May Arts! Be sure to stay tuned for tomorrow’s post with more great projects and another free video tutorial!
A Bit About Paper Crafter’s Library
The world of paper crafting is HUGE! Whether you are a beginner, or you’ve been creating for years, the sheer number of different products, tools, techniques and project ideas can be overwhelming. After spending 6 years helping thousands of paper crafters around the world become more successful in the creative space through her series of kits, digital tutorials and online classes, Andrea Walford began looking for a new approach to education. In 2011 she launched Paper Crafter’s Library – the first, and still to this day, only website that provides an all-in-one learning solution for paper crafters. With almost 800 videos currently in their library and 4-5 new videos added each week, Paper Crafter’s Library offers comprehensive training on products, tools, techniques, and project ideas. From beginner through to advanced, whether your interest is in stamping, card making, scrapbooking, creating 3D items or altered art – you’ll find all the resources you need to navigate the world of paper crafting in ONE place, organized and indexed so that it’s quick and easy to find.
Be sure to sign up for our free email newsletter which features weekly video tutorials. For more information about Paper Crafter’s Library and how we can help you take your paper crafting to the next level, check out the Benefits of Becoming a Member.
May Arts Ribbon Give-Away
To enter to win 4 rolls of May Arts Ribbon of your choice, please leave your comment below. Also, be sure to stop by the May Arts Blog when you see the Paper Crafter’s Library post published for another chance to win, and tell them Paper Crafter’s Library sent you! Winner will be announced on Friday!