Today we are excited to welcome back one of this week’s Featured Company May Arts and to share a beautiful creation from one of their designers using some gorgeous May Arts Ribbon.

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 bring you another fabulous May Arts project. 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!

And, we also have a give-a-way for you!! Two lucky winners will receive a “winners choice” of 2 spools of Ribbon from May Arts. One winner will be drawn from all the comments left here on the Paper Crafter’s Library blog to win AND one winner will be drawn from all the comments left on the May Arts Blog to win. You certainly have a lot to choose from

May Arts Ribbon

Remember, each comment you leave is one entry, so be sure to visit today not only for the great project idea, 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 Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Special May Arts Guest Designer


Today we a special project for you created by May Arts Guest Designer DeeDee Catron.  You can see DeeDee’s fabulous project below, but first, here is a little more about DeeDee:

My name is DeeDee Catron, I’m a 25 year old mama, wife, and life lover. I’m the Marketing and Artistic Director for Viva Las VegaStamps! Where I design pink rubber stamps, and the Owner/Creative Director of UmWowStudio where I design chipboard embellishments.  You can find my blog at


May Arts Designer Project


Today I’ve focused on using ribbon as a mask. If you’d like to see something similar you can view a May Arts video here:

I’ve also taken the time today to show in step out pictures a different webbing on a smaller scale using different supplies!


1) Gather your supplies!
2) Prepare your chipboard surface by rubbing it down with a light layer of gesso.
3) Allow to dry. Should only take about a minute. Keep your layer light!
4) Position May Arts webbing over prepared chip.
5) Smear gesso through the webbing onto the chipboard.
6) Cover the entire thing from side to side, top to bottom.
7) Remove mask and allow to dry completely. You can hit it with a heat gun if you like, but it will alter the pattern of the ribbon if heated for too long. Gesso is an acrylic plastic and will bubble under too much heat.
8) Gather your Distress Stain – I used Weathered Wood for a nice navy blue gray feel.
9) Also get a squirt bottle!
10) Completely douse your piece in stain. Fill all the cracks and puddle that baby up!
11) Use a cloth, napkin, towel.. whatever to mop up some of the extra stain on the surface.
12) Spritz with water to give it a bit of a muddled effect.
13) Allow to dry!


Now you have a beautiful embellishment for any artwork! You can make them any color. To finish the piece stamp on your paper, distress it, layer some thread, May Arts ribbon and your new embellishment!

May Arts ribbons : SM08 – black burlap string, 379-58-35 – navy pleated satin, and EM02 – ivory netting.
Ranger : Distress Stain – weathered wood, Distress Ink – broken china and black soot. Gauche Alchemy : washi tape
Fancy Pants : corrugated cardboard – white
Tattered Angels : Chalkboard mist – charcoal 
My Mind’s Eye : paper and epoxy brad
UmWowStudio : Layered Butterfly basic shape
Viva Las VegaStamps!:
Dictionary Page and Dream Big
From my stash : cheese cloth, twine, gesso.

We hope you have enjoyed today’s feature. We want to extend a sincere thank you to DeeDee Catron for her fabulous projects and May Arts for sharing their company with us. Be sure to visit May Arts to see more of their great products and to enter the fabulous give-away.

In order to enter the give-away to win the ribbon rolls, please leave us a comment in the comments section of this post and visit May Arts to leave a comment on their blog as well. Winners will be announced next week on the Paper Crafter’s Library blog!

64 replies on “Featured Company: May Arts”

  1. What a beautiful card. I love the colors and your layers are wonderful.

  2. I like the crinkly look of the butterfly. It is so different—in a good way.

  3. I have wondered what to do with that mesh. I have two different colors but haven’t used it. Now I am going to experiment. Thanks.

  4. Wow what a gorgeous card with so much texture! thanks DeeDee for the tutorial! what a great way to stretch supplies and use them in a new way!

  5. I haven’t seen this mesh ribbon yet but what a great way to use it as a stencil. Your card is really beautiful and I love that butterfly!.

  6. now that was a different technique with the ribbon, will add this one to my bucket list, thanks for the share

  7. A very nice card. A very unique butterfly embellishment too! Thanks for making another chance to win some ribbon!

  8. I love this technique! I’m making something for a friend that has a butterfly on it-and I am going to use it. Thank you so much!

  9. Love May Arts ribbon! Seeing all their ribbon displayed in one place and the ability to touch it is heaven. Thanks, DeeDee, for sharing today.

  10. You’ve taken the fear out of using the gesso and masking. Great job, excellent tutorial. Love the layout and your butterfly tutorial is wonderful. Thanks for sharing

  11. I love masking with various types of lace and textures. Usually use ink in a mister or stray stains. Gesso is a whole new idea. Thanks for showing a new way to create texture and customize embellishments. Your piece is very lovely. I love May Arts ribbon but have limited resources to purchase it locally. It would be nice to get a choice direct from the source.

  12. Beautiful effect using the webbed ribbon as a mask. This technique really dresses up chipboard. I look forward to getting some gesso and trying this soon.

  13. Oh my goodness – I love the video and the texturing of the butterfly. How beautiful! Excellent idea and I soooo can’t wait to try it. Love your New Year’s Album too!!! How awesome! Thank you so much for sharing!

  14. Never would have thought about using mesh ribbon like that. Love all the layers and textures on the project.

  15. What great technique. Really love the colors you used. I guess I’ll be making a trip to town this week.:)

  16. I have some chipboard but wasn’t sure how to color it. Thanks for this tip. I’m going to try it as it made a very pretty butterfly.

  17. Wow! Great tut! Thanks for sharing your awesomeness!! Love your butterfly and your masking is awesome!

  18. I love using ribbon on my cards. Am also always looking for unique ways to do so. Thanks for the tutorial.

  19. Beautiful ideas for using lace ribbon or mesh objects. I absolutely love May Arts ribbon, it is just wonderful to work with! LOVE IT!

  20. Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! I am taking mixed media classes right now and her project is not only inspiring, but the ribbon that she used was gorgeous; few ribbon manufacturers consider mixed media when making their ribbon. It takes lots of abuse and May Arts holds its color and form amazingly well. Thanks for sharing a great product, technique, and extraordinary artist. Happy art explorations!


  21. stunning…and the directions are very well put together…I need to tag this for my list of things to try
    thank you thank you

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