Today our very talented designer Colleen from Dietrich Designs is sharing an amazing tutorial on how to tie a bow. We look forward to seeing all your bow creations with this great tip below! Hugs, Joanna

Hello there!  So glad you could join me today for Whoo Hoo Wednesday.  I’m showing you “How To Make A Colleen Bow.”  There’s no great magic trick, but I’d love to share my technique with you anyway.  😉


First, get your card base ready.  I used two patterns from the Vintage Digital Paper pack.  Sigh!  Love them.


Seam binding is my favorite ribbon for making my ‘special brand’ of bow.  It’s very flexible and soft and drapes well.  Cut enough ribbon to go around the front of your card and begin to tie a bow, then STOP.   Set it aside.


Cut another length of ribbon (I used approximately 8-10″) and make a bow using the Bunny Ears method.  Make two loops…..


Action shot here!  Sorry for the blur.  The camera was set on a timer. Fold one loop over the other, and pull through the resulting hole.


Tighten the loops and adjust each one until they are a length you like.  Now, take this bow over to your card and……


….lay it on top of the half-tied bow.  Hold the Bunny Ear bow in place until you can grab the ends from the half-tied bow.


Finish tying that first bow, right on top of the Bunny Ears bow.


The tails are pretty long at this point, and will need trimming.


The four tails are visible best in this photo below.  Trim each one as needed, and place a small dab of craft glue under the bow’s center to adhere to card base.


Here’s the finished bow, on a Christmas card.



Because the papers and colors are so non-traditional for Christmas, I added some snowflakes — with pearls — to make it feel more festive.  Snowflakes and roses?  Sure, why not!


For my sentiment panel:  on a piece of white cardstock, I stamped a frame from Festive Frames in kraft ink, then laid a Fancy Labels 2 die over top of it.  Pink Gingham Washi Tape helped hold my die in place while I ran it through my Big Shot.


The sentiment is also from Festive Frames.  I used shiny gold foil cardstock with the next largest die to create a panel behind it.  Love how that turned out!



And that’s it!  I know you all will make beautiful bows, and I hope you show us by playing in our Whoo Hoo Wednesday Challenge this week.  Thanks for your visit!


If you are joining along this week, here are all the details…

* Create a project, layout or card using the above technique!*

* Please upload your card/project to your blog or online gallery. Leave a link to your project using the linky widget at the bottom of this post. When uploading to online galleries please add WHW #122 to your post.

* To be eligible for this week’s prize we ask that you link back to our challenge.

* Don’t have a blog or online gallery? That’s o.k. we’d still love for you to join us!  Please email me your project at And I will add your project to the contest!

* DEADLINE: November 13th, 2pm AEST (Brisbane, Australia) or 10:59pm November 12th EST

* At this time ALL products (stamps, paper, dies) are welcomed with our challenge. You do not have to incorporate an IBS stamp set, die, ribbon or flowers.

* One winner will be randomly chosen & will be featured on our blog.

*You may enter as many times as you wish, but please only enter newly created projects for submission (no back-dated projects that have been previously posted on your blog).

The Winner will receive a 4×4 stamp set of their choice from the Inspired by Stamping Store!

* PLEASE REMEMBER…If you do create a card using IBS products, your card may be featured on our Facebook Page & Pinned to our “Inspiring Designs by Customers” Board.

Good luck to everyone! We are so excited to see your creations!


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13 thoughts on “WHW #122–Make A Colleen Bow

  1. Liz O. says:

    Beautiful inspiration Collen and great technique! LOVE IT, TFS…For mine I used crinkled ribbon and love the end result!!! Tahnk you for another opportunity to win Joanna!
    Have a wonderful day!

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  3. Karen Hawkins says:

    Oh wow, that vintage digital paper is so lovely! And the bow – looks a lot harder to do than it is – going by your tutorial Colleen! love how you named it a Colleen Bow – it is yours after all!

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