Making Bows

October 27th, 2009

When card making I like to add bows to finish off my card design particularly if I’ve used handmade flowers on my card but making bows by hand is fiddly. You can buy ready made bows but if you want a perfect match the ribbon you are using then you need to tie your bow by hand. If you make a lot of bows, especially if you are using them on wedding stationery, then invest in a bowmaker – you’ll whip through your bows in no time. I wouldn’t even think about making a bow now without mine – as it makes bows a lot neater than I can!

This is a very simple card that I made using a printed A4 card which I creased down the middle using my EaziScore to make an A5 creased card.

The bouquet of flowers is a mixture of Kaisercraft blooms in fuchsia and coconut with their stems entwined.  The liberal application of photo glue at the back of the flower heads holds the blooms in place on the card.  I left the card for half an hour so that the glue had plenty of time to dry before adding the bow.

I made the bow using the bowmaker and used 2 identical lengths of lilac organdie ribbon on the bowmaker at the same time to form the double bow and attached the bow just below the blooms using mini glue dots.

This card is simple enough for a beginner to make – in fact I made it as one of the projects aimed at those just beginning card making that you can find in the Craftsite Gallery.

Although I made this card as a birthday card it would also make a delightful Mother’s Day card – just change the sentiment.

I found the bowmaker so easy to use – full instructions on how to use it comes with the bowmaker.  Keep these instructions in a safe place as you will need to refer to them for the first few bows that you make.  When I first got mine I experimented moving the pegs to see what size of bows could be produced – it is just so easy – and perfect bows every time.

Madeleine