Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Paper Ric Rac - Tutorial - ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

It's Wednesday, I love Wednesday's, half way to the weekend!  and I get to share a tip with you!

For today's tip I wanted to share a technique on making paper ric rac.  I love ric rac, it's sort of retro ( I remember lots of my childhood clothes being trimmed in it) and it sits nice and flat and is an easy ribbon to add to a project.  Though I do not love it for making bows, but that's just me.

  The other day, while in the shower (I do some of my best thinking in there, as I seldom get interrupted! lol) I was wondering if I could make ric rac out of paper... you know for the times when you don't have just the colour that your are hoping to use.

I decided to give it a try and pulled out a scalloped punch and a 1 inch strip of paper.
  As you normally would, I punched along one side of the paper.
 Then I flipped the paper around and started punching the other edge.  I started by lining up the end of my paper halfway through the scalloped image on the punch.  This makes the two sides of the punch offset.
And this is what I ended up with, I think it is pretty cute.  And pretty much what I was looking for.
 Here is a comparison shot with the real thing.  Not bad eh?
 I decided to try it with another punch, this is the Fiskars Threading Water punch, one of the most common.  See how this one almost looks like a mixture of eyelet ribbon and ric rac.   Super fun!  I will for sure be using this one a lot!
Another comparison shot for you.
And this is the card that I used my paper ric rac on.

These papers are MME and the bicycle rub on is Bo Bunny.

Thank you for visiting me today!



  1. great idea Laura, I would have never thought to flip my punches around like that, going to give it a try, I have made ric rac before with decorative scissors, but never really could get it straight, thicker at one end all the time...not good with for the tip and for leaving such nice comments on my blog :)

  2. Love this idea! I also love how you used the bike rub-on and the button on the wheel! So adorable!!

  3. I love ric rac! But it's so hard to find the right colors. Love the paper idea!


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