It is never too early to start on Christmas cards, right?!?!  One of the main reasons I wanted a set like Faux Ribbon is to save money on mass produced cards, along with the flexibility of custom colors. 

Twill tape has been all the rage for some time now and is a main staple that most stampers have on hand.  With this stamp set you can customize the twill just by carrying over the same ink colors that you utilized on your project.  This project also shows that this stamp collection doesn’t just have to be used to create ribbon.  You can also use it as a fun border addition.  Here I added the dots stamp above and below the sentiment for a perfect balance.  This particular "holiday wishes" stamp is one of TWENTY perfectly proportioned, small-scale sentiment s in the Faux Ribbon set.  For this project I punched the sentiment out with the 1-1/4" square punch and the red mat with the 1-3/8" punch.  It makes things so much easier to have sentiments work well with supplies you already own.  Perfection is just a punch away!

Speaking of perfection, I always get asked what is the best method to get these long linear stamps straight on a block.  I have tried many methods, but have finally come up with one that is NO fail every time!

Find a straight edge with some kind of groove in it.  (I am using the perfect layers tool marketed by SU! & QVC)

Lay your stamp, image side down, right along the edge of the groove.  (This works best with stamps that have been used a couple times.  When they are brand new and ultra sticky, it can be a little more difficult.) Here’s a side view…

041207_line3 and a view from above.

Hold your grid block just above the stamp.  Look down through and be sure that one of the central lines match up with the edge of the groove in the ruler.  Lay the block down on top of the stamp and press firmly to adhere.

Flip up your block, and there you have it, a perfectly positioned stamp!

So the big day is almost here! Saturday night, midnight EST, Faux Ribbon will be available for purchase at our website!  We have something else very exciting to debut, and I may let you in on that little secret tomorrow!  So stay tuned!

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  • 1
    Kellie says:

    I’m about to bust from the excitement!! Love this tip… now to go dust of my perfect layers tool 🙂

  • 2
    Juanita says:

    Very nice card and tutorial. Can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait! TFS.

  • 3
    Julia Muscari says:

    Wow! That idea to line up the stamps is terrific!!!! THANKS!!! Can’t wait for the new set…I’m HOOKED!

  • 4
    Lisa H. says:

    Twenty sentiments. WHAT! I can’t wait to see the reveal.

  • 5
    AmyR says:

    FREAKING BRILLIANT *bows* —— man here I made all my samples and thought I did pretty darn good using my blocks with the gridlines when my PL is sitting RIGHT BESIDE ME gathering dust!!!! I am SO using it from now on – way easier!! *bows* again *wink*!! :o)

  • 6
    Laura says:


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    AJ/willosmama says:

    Wowee, you rock!! Great tutorial, TFS!!

  • 8
    Mo Moss says:

    I love it. Thanks

  • 9

    Oh my gosh, Oh my gosh…I can hardly stand it!! TWENTY sentiments in one set PLUS the faux ribbon stamps…oh my gosh…I think I am gonna pass out! Tomorrow at 11 pm I am totally there…I am in central time, YIPPIE!!!! thank you so much for creating such awesome stamps and all of your tips are so wonderful!! Congratulations on a sucessful business Nicole and co-horts =)
    Karrie Winters

  • 10
    Liz says:

    Fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing

  • 11
    Julie Masse says:

    Amazing!! I need those grid blocks first so hopefully they’ll be back soon?? I love the card too, and 20 sentiment? fabulous!

  • 12
    Cindy Lyles says:

    Nichole you are absolutely BRILLIANT!!!!!!!! oh I can not wait for the new set to debut!!!!!

  • 13
    CMCAnne says:

    Thanks so much for showcasing different uses of this stamp set! I must admit that it’s taken me several posts to finally “get” that this is a must-have stamp set. I can’t wait to see it in its entirety!

  • 14
    lexi says:

    wow! that was about all she could say… wow!
    (lilly’s purple plastic purse by kevin henkes)

    so i just couldn’t wait until i had my hands on “faux ribbon” to make my first faux ribbon…


    11:00 pm cst??? i waited until midnight last time!
    🙂 lexi

  • 15
    Debbie Olson says:

    Great idea! (Now why didn’t I think of that?) Thanks so much for solving the how-to-get-it-straight dilemma, Nichole, and love your twill!

  • 16
    trudee says:

    Stinkin’ brilliant!! awesome tip!! I cannot wait to order my set tonight! YAY! 😀

  • 17
    Michelle says:

    I love the ribbon set. I’m going to get it and thanks so much for your tutorial, it really helps!!

  • 18
    liannallama says:

    wow! What a clever tip! Thanks so much!

  • 19
    Granna on the Go says:

    Thanks again for this tutorial. I read it months ago…and reread it tonight as I was having problems getting some of the newest sentiments to line up perfectly. Once again, your careful and detailed instructions helped me tremendously!

  • 20
    Johanna says:

    Wow, what a great idea and I have all the tools

  • 21
    Sally Stepp says:

    Well, it’s 4AM, I can not sleep so I am reading and getting more excited by the minute about Faux Ribbon and perfect layer tools which I have and all the other ideas that I will never be able to go back to sleep. I can not wait to try all these tricks. House is quiet with all asleep, I may just try some of these tricks now. Thanks so much for all the ideas. Great Great Great.

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