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Ribbon Frame

The Martha Stewart Show, May 2007

Here's a Good Thing you can use on your scrapbook pages, on cards, or even to embellish a photo matte.

Tools and Materials
Photo
Martha Stewart Crafts decorative tape
Scissors

Ribbon Frame How-To
1. Cut a length of ribbon for each side of your photo.

2. Work with the ribbon upside down. Miter each corner by trimming the ends at a 45 degree angle.

3. Peel the protective backing off each piece.

4. Set down each length of ribbon to frame your photo.

Resources
Special thanks to Martha Stewart Crafts for providing a craft knife, a 12-by-12-inch album, and decorative tape to everyone in our audience.

Comments (17)

  • 22 May, 2008

    I think they are referring to using double stick tape to adhere the ribbon to the photo/backing board. It's what I first thought of when I read the instructions.

  • 21 May, 2008

    Kathiann -- if you use a modem or have a slow connection, Iit takes awhile for the video to run through -- with stops and starts. I just push play and then do something else until the video completes its initial play. After this, you can play it at regular speed. Hope this helps.

  • 21 May, 2008

    You could use transfer tape on the ribbon.

  • 21 May, 2008

    I think they are referring to seem binding tape that is found in the Martha Stewart craft aisle at Michael's. It's in a little package like the stickers and labels. They also have some in the ribbon section, but you have to grab the one that says "seem binding". This means the back side has adhesive on it. Hope this helps.

  • 21 May, 2008

    I was disappointed when I found out I had to buy special ribbon, but I think I could adapt the idea with my own ribbon and double sided tape or glue

  • 21 May, 2008

    I was disappointed when I found out I had to buy special ribbon, but I think I could adapt the idea with my own ribbon and double sided tape or glue

  • 21 May, 2008

    I just watched the video and it seems to be working now!

  • 21 May, 2008

    I receive no audio sound. I know that my speakers are working just fine. Also, the Video keeps opening and closing - I'd say that something is very wrong with the transmission. Just watched another video on another site without difficulty.

  • 21 May, 2008

    I think these directions are missing a step or two. between #2 and #3. It never tells you what you're peeling the backing off of. Do you fuse the tape to the ribbon?

  • 21 May, 2008

    I think these directions are missing a step or two. between #2 and #3. It never tells you what you're peeling the backing off of. Do you fuse the tape to the ribbon?

  • 21 May, 2008

    Is anyone else having trouble playing the video for the ribbon frame? I am really not very computer savy, but I would assume you just hit play. I only get the first minuet and than the frame freezes. If anyone could help me get this to play through to the end I would really appreciate it!

  • 21 May, 2008

    depending on the tape. you can use iron-on hem tape. You backing will be stiff enought to handle it.

  • 21 May, 2008

    I wondered the same thing about the "protective backing." I think you need to use the "Martha Stewart Crafts Decorative Tape" in the materials list, which probably has a sticky backing.

  • 21 May, 2008

    The protective backing is from the craft tape that holds the ribbon to the photo. She had something similar to this on her TV show, but she used parchment paper to glue the ribbon to. I like this method better. The glue is difficult towork with and has a tendancy to wrinkle the ribbon.

  • 21 May, 2008

    What is the "protective backing" mentioned in step 3? The directions are somewhat vague for this project. I do like the idea, and a variety of customized looks can be achieved.

  • 21 May, 2008

    What is the "protective backing" mentioned in step 3? The directions are somewhat vague for this project. I do like the idea, and a variety of customized looks can be achieved.

  • 21 May, 2008

    The ribbon pattern seems a little too busy for this photo, in my opinion. Perhaps using a ribbon with a more subdued design would be better. This would work great for a quick-fix if you had a print or photo that you wanted the mat changed on. You could apply the ribbon on top of the glass, as long as the ribbon was wider than the existing mat. Thanks for the idea!