Guest Blogger: Maren Benedict (and Free Font Friday!)

IMG_4367Happy early World Card Making Day!!  Hi! I’m Maren Benedict, one of Paper Crafts magazine’s Go-to Gals. I am super excited to be guest blogging here today and sharing my love of card making. Tomorrow marks the 4th annual World Card Making Day. Lots of fabulous events are going on all over the world to celebrate. Whether you are taking a class at your local scrapbooking store or getting together with some crafty friends, it’s time to make some cards!   

One of the reasons that I LOVE making cards is I get to play with ribbon. Actually, I have a hard time NOT adding ribbon to cards I make. Ribbon makes me happy and brings a little femininity into my testosterone-filled home. Sometimes it’s just a quick little bow:

Birthday_Wishes

Birthday Wishes by Maren Benedict. Supplies Cardstock and ribbon: Papertrey Ink; Patterned paper: Sassafras; Number stickers: American Crafts; Rhinestones: me & my BIG ideas; Ink: Ranger Industries; Stamp: Unity Stamp Company.

Other times I find a fabulous ribbon that needs to be seen!  Silver wood grain . . .YUM! 

Celebrate_the_SeasonCelebrate the Season by Maren  Benedict. Supplies Cardstock: Papertrey Ink; Patterned paper: SEI; Chipboard: Maya Road; Glitter glue and ink: Ranger Industries; Stamp: Unity Stamp Company; Ribbon: Martha Stewart Crafts, EK Success.

Often the ribbon just ties all the elements together:

Hi

Hi by Maren Benedict. Supplies Cardstock and ribbon: Papertrey Ink; Patterned paper: American Crafts; Die-cutting machine: Cuttlebug, Provo Craft; Dies: Nestabilities, Spellbinders; Letter stickers: American Crafts.

There are times when I want a more subtle look, so I add just a little ruffled ribbon blending into the bottom or a small ribbon tag hanging off the edge of the card.

Thank_You

Thank You by Maren Benedict. Supplies Cardstock: Papertrey Ink; Patterned paper and die-cut: Cosmo Cricket; Button: BasicGrey; Ink: Stampin’ Up!; Stamp: Unity Stamp Company; Embroidery floss: Canvas Corp; Ribbon: May Arts and Papertrey Ink .

Although I’m a ribbon addict and not in short supply, there are times when I can’t find exactly what I’m looking for to complete my card.  That’s when I customize my ribbon like I did for this card: 

Love

Love by Maren Benedict. Supplies Cardstock: Papertrey Ink; Patterned paper: American Crafts and October Afternoon; Acrylic heart: Heidi Swapp for Advantus; Transparency: Hambly Screen Prints; Word sticker: Anna Griffin; Ink: Ranger Industries; Stamp: Unity Stamp Company; Markers: Copic; Ribbon: May Arts.

1. To customize ribbon, all you need is a dye ink, a stamp, some ribbon and a marker.

Supplies

2. Ink up your stamp and stamp directly on the ribbon. You will want to be sure to add enough pressure to get into the ridges.

Stamping Ribbon

3. Use the tip of a marker to run along the edge of the ribbon. Running an inky finger along the edge works, too!

Coloring_Edge

4. There you go! Super easy. Now attach it to your project, and you’re done.

Finished

I hope I’ve inspired you to pull out some ribbon or make some cards. Planning to make a Birthday, Christmas, Hello, Thank You or Love card?  Why not send it off to the special WCMD card contest!  Enjoy your World Card Making Day, friends! Happy crafting!

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P.S. It’s FREE FONT FRIDAY, peeps! By special request, our featured font this week is CK Ali’s Handwriting, featuring Ali Edwards’ penmanship. FFFLOGO1_web-ready_5085

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Download it here.

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23 Responses to Guest Blogger: Maren Benedict (and Free Font Friday!)

  1. Nicole says:

    Hey Maren, great post. I love ribbon, but how could you not.I love the Celebrate the Season card. I have never seen that ribbon before. Thanks for sharing

  2. Nicole says:

    Hey Maren, great post. I love ribbon, but how could you not.I love the Celebrate the Season card. I have never seen that ribbon before. Thanks for sharing

  3. Diana says:

    Maren your cards are awesome. THANK YOU for the free font!

  4. Diana says:

    Maren your cards are awesome. THANK YOU for the free font!

  5. Cynthia B. says:

    Awesome work, Maren! I follow your work for Paper Crafts – thanks for sharing your creativity with us – love the ribbon idea.
    And – thanks CK, for the free font!

  6. Cynthia B. says:

    Awesome work, Maren! I follow your work for Paper Crafts – thanks for sharing your creativity with us – love the ribbon idea.
    And – thanks CK, for the free font!

  7. Jenn C. says:

    how fun Maren!! :D

  8. Jenn C. says:

    how fun Maren!! :D

  9. Vickie says:

    I love using ribbon! I am just not the best ribbon bow maker:) Thanks for the font!

  10. Vickie says:

    I love using ribbon! I am just not the best ribbon bow maker:) Thanks for the font!

  11. Donna VW says:

    Thanks for all those ideas. Great instructions.

  12. Donna VW says:

    Thanks for all those ideas. Great instructions.

  13. Becky Olsen says:

    Fun cards Maren!
    Nothing like a fab piece of ribbon, it makes me so happy too!

    B-

  14. Becky Olsen says:

    Fun cards Maren!
    Nothing like a fab piece of ribbon, it makes me so happy too!

    B-

  15. StampinCathy says:

    I just love Maren’s creative and inspiring style. Wow there is a lot of amazing cards all in one spot.

  16. StampinCathy says:

    I just love Maren’s creative and inspiring style. Wow there is a lot of amazing cards all in one spot.

  17. Barbara Liberti says:

    I have lots of ribbon and you just inspired to make better use of it. Thanks!

  18. Barbara Liberti says:

    I have lots of ribbon and you just inspired to make better use of it. Thanks!

  19. Suz says:

    Lovely cards Maren. Thanks for the ribbon tip

  20. Suz says:

    Lovely cards Maren. Thanks for the ribbon tip

  21. Gabriele says:

    A Happy WCMD to you!

    And lots of thank yous for the great inspiration you gave with this article! I also love ribbon, but have to try more different ways of using it. So your article came just at the right time!

  22. Gabriele says:

    A Happy WCMD to you!

    And lots of thank yous for the great inspiration you gave with this article! I also love ribbon, but have to try more different ways of using it. So your article came just at the right time!

  23. Unitiavto says:

    поражаюсь как люди умеют так хорошо писать тексты и статьи

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