Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tuesday Tape Tip with Guest Vera Yates Ling

Hi tape fans! We've got a fantastic tutorial for today's Tuesday tape Tip from our guest Vera Yates Ling!

Vera is a very talented card maker and very sweet person. I was really happy to meet Vera in Chicago at CHA. She is a talented card maker whom I met in the Hero Arts Flickr group and she made the Top 5 for Gallery Idol this year with her amazing creations! Vera loves our products and send me the link to this adorable tutorial she did using our fabulous adhesive! Yes you heard right, our adhesive hold ribbon beautifully! So enjoy today's tip from Vera and then leave us a comment telling us what you think!

Ribbon Fish Tutorial


It might take you a couple trial & error to get the fish looks right. The first time I did this fish for Gallery Idol, I didn't have any direction on how to do it. I basically figured it out myself just by looking at the end result. Took me at least an hour for my first try. This time, it only took 10 minutes.


Step 1: Using a 5/8" ribbon, cut it to about 7"-8". I prefer longer, so you can play with it easier. Overlap them just like in the picture below. The opening in between t he 2 ribbon is basically the fish mouth. You can adjust it to however big or wide you want the mouth to be and glue the overlap ribbon. I used "Love My Tapes" permanent adhesive for this. And make sur eyou only glue the very top part to the 2nd, and not to the 3rd or bottom layer or you'll end up with sickly looking fish with flat head. You want the head to puff a bit. Puffy head = healthy fish. :)

Step 2: To tie the body together, I folded my 5/8" ribbon in half & glued it (see the skinny strip above). If you have a skinnier ribbon, then you can use the skinny ribbon for it. Now, you want to pinch the ribbon together, like the picture below.

Step 3: Using a glue dot, wrap the skinny ribbon around the body. Make sure you put the glue dot on the back side to keep the fish look neat.  Cut the end of both end, so it looks like fish tail.

Cut two 2" long skinny ribbon for the fin. Or if you don't have one, cut the 5/8" ribbon in half like I did. If you do this,  then you have to seal the fray end with the tip of hit glue gun or used a lighter. Just remember, fire hot! If you use lighter, make sure you don't get the fire too close. Only close enough to get it sealed the edges. Sorry, couldn't take pic for when I did this since hubby wasn't anywhere close when I did this, so no second person to take the pic & I can't hold lighter & camera at the same time. 

Step 4: Overlap & glue the 2" ribbon like shown below.

Step 5: Glued the fin to the body. As you can see, on the above picture I attached the fin right in the middle of the body. That was wrong position. The picture below show the right position. Add a wiggly eye and you're done!!

So, what you think? Easy, right? With a fish like this, you don't need much of anything else to make your card shine. I made a super simple, CAS looking card. I do adore my fish.

Thank you so much Vera for joining us today! For more inspiration from Vera please visit her blog!
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  1. What a lovely tutorial!! I am sure gonna try that

  2. Such a genius idea Vera! You are so clever.

  3. thank you for sharing the tips! it's brilliant! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!

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  5. That's adorable. Theses would look so cute hanging from a mobile!

  6. Very cute.I gotta make some of these.

  7. It's really effective and had character too.

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  9. I'll shop for my Love-My-Tapes at Ben Franklin Crafts Monroe, WA and make a whole aquarium of fish. THANK YOU!
    Seattle, WA

  10. This is so cute. I'd like to make it into a clip for my granddaughter.

  11. I love love love this blog!!! And this goldfish bow is THE cutest thing ever!!

  12. Vera,
    So creative! Thanks.

  13. Got any tutorials on Strawberry and watermelon clips?

  14. This is great! So very cute. Thanks

  15. So creative!! great tutorial!!! Thank you!!!!

  16. Thank you SO much for doing this, - love it! :)

    Best regards from Eva Mari in Norway :D

  17. That's awesome, I really loved it
    Would you mind if I translate it to persian an put it in my site?
    Many thanks for sharing

  18. Great idea ..Thank you so much for sharing.Will teach my students in the Art Club

  19. I am excited to try it. Love this gold fish.

  20. Thank you so much!! I am doing a year eleven drama solo next week and I am year ten. I am doing "The Great Barrier Reef" I am using these fishes throughout my hair as it is curly to represent coral. Thank you so much!!

  21. Fabulous thank you very much!!!


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