May Arts Week: Day 3

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

Karen Baker May Arts Week day 3Our 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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.may arts day 3

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.

Download the pdf handout here.

You can view a video on how to create this Mom card here.

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Part 2

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:

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.

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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!


82 replies on “May Arts Week: Day 3”

  1. WOW, I’m the first! Dad cards are THE hardest ever. So I really appreciate the tie card. Iike how you used the MA ribbon to fashion something cool. Thanks for the great idea.

  2. I have some of that mesh “ribbon”, but don’t know what to do with it other than use it for Halloween as a spider web. But I like that you put paper behind it to tone it down.

  3. Great use of the ribbon. I like the chevron tie and the mesh ribbon and ruffled ribbon are too pretty. I love using twine.

  4. Nice!! I really like the “MOM” card, it is so lovely and cute! I really need to clean out my crafting area this weekend and start crafting again, it’s been too long! (for about 2 weeks.. now)

  5. Oh my gosh…love the tie card and the ruffled ribbon! But I just love the Art Journal pages with mesh ribbon and later I am gonna lock myself in the back room and watch this tutorial…thanks for sharing!

  6. Wow! These projects are all so wonderful and varied too! I love how simple clean and adorable the dad card is, and my second favorite project is the SOAR art journal page. Huge WOW!!! there! What a fantastic texture/color on the background. Beautiful!

  7. Really?? I can’t keep up with you girls. Andrea I have been a fan for over 5 years. I use to call you my Assistant that worked up in the computer room, lol. My friends would ask how do you make so many cool projects? I always said oh my assistant is always creating. Love your work!

  8. I love your video tutorials, no matter how long they are!
    The cards are fabulous and enjoy your art journaling
    with the netting and birds…
    Many thanks, Cindi

  9. That chevron ribbon makes such a cute tie, don’t you think? I so enjoy these videos each day. The netted and ruffled ribbons go so well together and make such a lovely card. Can’t wait to see what you show tomorrow.

  10. I just spent a very relaxing 1+ hours watching you both work and loving the effects you achieved with the variety of mediums, including the very beautiful and textural May Arts ribbons, on each of the projects. I had to laugh when I saw the tie card, thinking a lot of dads would probably like getting a card with a tie on it, rather than a tie itself. Great jobs, all around!

  11. Love the message board! The netted ribbon just reminds me of Scotch-Brite pads, tho! LOL – to each their own, I guess.

  12. all these post were great, loved the MOM card gorgeous thanks for all the inspiration

  13. I have some of that mesh ribbon that I bought from a store that closed. I’m glad I can get more of it and use it more often because I didn’t want to run out. Love the DP and the tie idea. Thanks for another great tutorial.

  14. Awesome cards again today my dad is getting a tie card for sure . Love how you used the May Arts ribbons in two different ways on the mom card and the pleats are so cool, thanx for teaching me a ittle more each day!

  15. Love this card. Pink, gray, black is one of my favorite combos lately. Trouble though, I have never seen the WPlus9 site before. Yet another place to shop without leaving the house. Bad bad news….for my credit card anyway. But just like Christmas when the man in brown comes to my door!!!!

  16. Thanks for sharing these fabulous projects. I’m in love with the netted ribbon Mother’s Day card!

  17. I love the mom card and of course, since I am hoarding rolls of the chevron ribbon, will be using that idea for father’s day cards. Ugh, I added 10 more rolls of May Arts ribbon to my Amazon shopping card ( I usually empty it at the end of the month). Would love to win some so I can remove a few of those rolls from my monthly goodie package! 🙂

  18. I just love watching your videos. Such great ideas for using your ribbon. Thanks again for all the wonderful ideas.

  19. Wow!!! The tie card is genius, I love it. The netted ribbon and ruffled ribbon look fabulous I totally have to get some!!! As always your projects are original and amazing. Thanks for all the great ideas.

  20. love how the layers came together in your awesome soar page and the bling made it my favorite so far that I have watched cannot wait till the next time!!!!!!!!!! the mesh ribbon rocked my world!

  21. Looks like you have something to interest almost everybody in the family today. That netted ribbon sure looks interesting.

  22. These projects are fantastic. Its so nice to see such varied projects, too. These are way beyond the bow on the edge of the page! I especially love the journal page and the bulletins board. Very nice!

  23. How exciting it was to open my email and have 7 videos to watch! So far I’ve just gotten though the Soar journal page and oh my gosh I LOVE it! Adding that gold at the end was just perfect! Thank you for sharing and now I need some May Arts Ribbon! 🙂

  24. The tie is such a grea idea!! Love it! These other projects are fabulous too! Great videos!

  25. The journal page is breathtaking. LOVE YOUR VIDEOS, ANDREA. But I’m haing trouble finding the netted ribbon. I find it on the May Arts site, but can’t find where I can buy it. Not on Amazon, or at least doesn’t come up in search.

    1. P.S.-the journal page that I’m especially taken with is the “Soar” page–should have specified. And the link does take me to May Arts, but I wasn’t sure if the netted ribbon could be purchased directly from them or not…

  26. Wow! so many wonderful creations! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.
    Loly Borda

  27. I always like Karen Bakers’ fresh, clean and simple approach to card making. The chevron tie card is a great idea!! Also love the Mom card and unusual ribbon combo! Thanks for the mixed media art journal pages and all the creative inspiration!

  28. Each day I find something more to be impressed with! I am learning new techniques and uses for things I would never have come up with on my own. Thanks so much for doing these tutorials and pdf’s because it helps me so much to have something to follow along with. I am so excited about the chance to win some of the May Arts ribbons because they certainly are some of the most beautiful ribbons out there. I look forward to tomorrow and seeing what you have created for us!

    Thanks so much!

  29. Day 3 and more great ideas – the Father’s Day card is so just so darned cute. Thank you again for sharing these projects and for the chance to win some ribbon.

  30. What a lovely assortment of projects today! Dad’s card, with some great hints for die cutting ribbon. Mom’s card, loved the ruffled ribbon. 2 art journaling projects, all that yummy texture! And then the ribbon to make a memo board. Thanks for sharing all of this and the prospect of winning some delicious ribbon.

  31. Great projects today… love that cute tie on Karen’s card! Very clever.

  32. The May Arts ribbon is just drool-worthy! My favourites so far are the ruffled ribbon and the net ribbon (the net in turquoise really caught my eye on the May Arts blog!) I am starting to think I need a little of everything!! Thanks for the great projects and the chance to win some of this yummy ribbon!

  33. Karen’s tie out of twill/stripes ribbon is just wonderful. The netted ribbon and ruffled ribbon shown by Tracy sure opens up a whole new venue for card creating. I need to find a local store that sells May Arts because they are gorgeous. Thanks for another chance to win some awesome ribbon by May Arts!

  34. I am enjoying this week on May Arts! Thanks for sharing so many wonderful projects, I love all the different styles of ribbon available – I would love to win, but wow, it would be hard to choose!

  35. oh WOW Andrea, I LOOOVE your Soar page!! I have just watched and listened with a cup of coffee and dressed in my pyjama. I enjoyed it so very much! Now I can’t wait to get cleaned up and dressed so I can try some of the techniques for myself! (Yes, it’s a free day, no work, jippiéééé!)

  36. I’ve been paper crafting for years, but I still think the choices are overwhelming.

  37. What a nice card! I love combination of grey and pink, it’s my favorite color combo! And thank you for all your tutorials, they help in my card making very much.

  38. More great ideas. Love the netted ribbon – and your technique for pleating it – very neat. Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win some ribbons.

  39. I never really cared for the chevron design but after seeing these projects I have different feelings about it. Thanks for the chance to win.

  40. Thanks again Andrea for the wonderful ideas! I would love to win the ribbon! It is beautiful.

  41. It’s not a card without ribbon! This is beautiful ribbon. Thanks for the opportunity to win some and a big thanks for the inspiration.

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