Monday, May 30, 2011

Bravissimo! I figured out how to make them!

These are my versions of the Bravissimo collection!

I found the sweetest collection of award ribbons and medals at my local Michael's store.  They are from the Bravissimo collection by Making Memories.  They offer different rosettes, metals, frames, and ribbon tails.  When you put it all together, it is a bit pricey, but with a Cricut and scraps of papers and ribbons, it costs next to nothing to make yourself!

I thought you might like these too! 

I started by cutting the circles and scallops for the fronts.  For each award, I cut one of each from Mini Monograms:
4" circle
4" scallop
4-1/4" circle
4-1/2" circle cut from white for the back (will not show from the front)
I embossed the 4" circle.  I placed the 4-1/4" circle behind it and the scallop behind them both.  They are adhered together with ATG tape.
For the rosette, I cut two 2-1/2"x12" strips of paper.  I used an edge punch to finish one side.  Then, I used the Martha Stewart scoring board to score at every half inch.  I accordian folded the strips and then joined them to form a circle.  I had to cut off one 1/2" strip on each piece so the mountain/valleys would alternate.  I learned how to make rosettes using a fantastic video.  You can find the link to this on my sidebar under "Inspirations".  (Look near the bottom for UK Maryanne's rosette video). 

I used hot glue to adhere the center of the rosettes to a small square I glued to the fronts and backs.  The squares will not show in the end.

I think the edge punches and choices of papers really added  fun elements to the rosettes. 

This is paper is from Berries & Cream.  The birthday candle edge punch is from EK Success.

This is paper from Hopscotch.  The sunburst punch is from Martha Stewart.

This paper is from Imagine More Cards.  The loopy punch is from Martha Stewart.

This is the same Berries & Cream stripe but this rosette was edged with a Martha Stewart eyelet lace punch.

Between the circle layers and the rosette, I placed loops of ribbons.  These are made from folding each 4-1/2" ribbon strip and placing 6 of them on the rosette.

The ribbons were adhered with hot glue.
I attached the layered circles to the ribbon-topped rosettes  with hot glue.  Then I cut 6" strips of ribbon for the tails and hot glued them to a paper square.  (This square also won't show on the finished award).
The square of tails was also attached with hot glue.
I used different cuts to personalize each ribbon award and glued them to the tops of the embossed circles.

Next, I ran the white 4-1/2" circles through my regular printer to put my name and blog address on it.  I used the Martha Stewart mini hole punch to make a small hole for a brad to fit.  I placed the brad on so the head was on the wrong side of the circle.

I hot glued the back on the backside of the rosette, making sure to put extra hot glue around the head of the brad.  This creates an award that is ready to be easily attached to a gift bag (my use for it!).  I wanted to make it so that the award could be saved if the recipient like it.

I punched a small hole in the gift bag and attached the award to it, opening the prongs inside the bag.

These are my finished ribbons:

I used "Merci" from Create-A-Critter.  The cut was run through the Xyron and glittered.  It was run through the Xyron again to adhere it to the embossed circle.
The banner was cut from Enjoy the Seasons (rel size 5.7").    I ran the banner through my office printer and printed the text with Microsoft's Holiday Springs BTN (20 point size).  The banner is adhered with 1/8" pop dots.
"Hi" was cut from Sentimentals at 2" with shadow.  It is adhered with 1/8" pop dots.
The monogram is from Tie the Knot at 2".  I ran it through the Xyron to adhere it.  I added adheive pearls to accent.  I also added additional ribbon (unlooped) to the rosette for added color.
There are so many possibilities for making these.  I want to try making some with my new Baby Boutique Imagine cart for some black and white ones!  These will be so much fun to make at Christmas time to decorate my packages.  I think they will be fun for birthdays too! 

Thank you for visiting my blog. 


Unknown said...

Fabulous !!!

**Treefrog** said...

Oh Nadia these are wonderful! I seen them the other day when I finally made it up to Lexington and my mind was going 100 mph with many ideas also! Love the ones you made and of course, love the embossing, lol!
((Hugs)) Theresa

Valerie said...

I love this idea! I might borrow it to make ribbons for my students at the end-of-the-year awards ceremony :-D Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Another super duper achievement to mark other super duper achievements. Thank you for sharing how to make them - it is very generous, and they are lovely!

Patty Mc said...

Nadia!! Brilliant! Like yours better, and going to try this for a project soon. Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Oh my gosh
You are so creative. I love them!

MelodyR aka Ry&MysMom said...

I love yours better! So cute!!!

MelodyR aka Ry&MysMom said...

Opps forgot to say I'm going to scraplift this idea!


Sandy from Ukiah said...

They turned out just adorable.. love the idea of using the punch on the edges.

Got2BCrafting said...

These are FAB-U-LOUS!!! I absolutely love them Nadia. :) Thank you so much for the step by step instructions... my DD's would love to make some of these.

Ohhh Snap said...

These are just brilliant :D. TFS!!!

Audrey Frelx said...

Nadia, these are all awesome!!! Luuuuuv them!

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