“ Manufacturer: Anita's / Type: Craft Supplies „
Anita's Sticky Ribbons are a quick and easy way to add a border to cards and scrapbooks.
There are loads of different designs so you are sure to find one that meets your needs. My Nan used to buy these all the time and she has a couple of drawers full of these sticky ribbons alone, she rarely had two of the same. I myself have quite a few different ones but no where near as many as she has. If I don't have one i'm sure she would though and we often share.
The ribbons have designs like flowers, wiggly lines, straight lines, stripes, snowflakes, messages, and many more. The ribbons either come in a colour theme like blues or pinks, or a selection of all colours which have most colours of the rainbow.
The ribbons are made of fabric but the type varies. I had one I liked which was fluffy looking but they were used up quick. Those were quite thick but there are thinner ones that are just like a regular ribbon.
The amount of ribbons on a sheet varies on the design but you usually get at least five or six. Most times you'll get around eight. This isn't many as they are used up rather quickly. They are 12 inches long which is the length of one scrapbook page, therefore for a scrapbook you have used the whole ribbon in one go. As all ribbons are different in a pack, it would mean that if you wanted to go around the whole scrapbook page in the same design you would have to buy four packets.
The ribbons are adhesive so you don't have to struggle sticking it down without seeing the adhesive. They peel off easily and the adhesive is attached most times. Occasionaly with the trickier designs the adhesive will partially stay on the sheet but this is rare and happened with the fluffy one I was saying about.
Sticking them onto paper is easy but getting them straight can be tricky. Sometimes, however hard you try there seems to be a bit that isn't straight. You can try doing it against a ruler but you will need two hands to put the ribbon on so you have to make sure you don't knock the ruler.
They can be cut for use on cards and you could use them to make a square or other straight sided shape. Because of the adhesive on the back they can only be used in straight lines.
The ribbons are around £2 a pack and can be bought from most craft shops.
I think they look really good on cards and are more convenient than regular ribbon.
I absolutely love ribbon- have a very large collection of it in my crafty stash in every colour of the rainbow, in different widths, finishes and styles... ribbon really does add a lovely touch to papercraft projects and is so versatile- it can be used for borders, bows flowers and so much more.
This is what first lead me to buy Anita's adhesive ribbon. It comes in strips which you simply cut to the required length and peel up from the backing sheet and stick on your project. It is very easy to use. It comes in a wde varierty of colours style and finishes. It is widely available in craft shops and online and costs around £2.
However whilst I absolutely love ribbon there are several downsides to the Anitas adhesive ribbon. Firstly when you cut to size the ends are prone to fraying and you may need to add a small amount of glue to the ends to try and prevent this. Cutting the ribbon can also make scissors a little sticky.
You are restricted by the lengths of the ribbon in terms of the size of project that these can be used on. Although each pack has several strips typically they are all different colours or patterns. It cannot be used to make bows or knots so use is quite restricted to simply borders.
I find it to be quite dear compared on to non adhesive ribbon which in my opinion is so much more versatile to use.
dear compared t standard ribbon
The range of sticky ribbons from the Anita's craft range of products are something that I can highly recommend to you.
They have so many uses and are so easy to apply that going back to a tube of glue and some normal ribbon will seem too fiddly once you have had a play with these.
The Anita's Sticky Ribbon sets are such a wonderful idea! They come in all sorts of mixed and themed sets and are very reasonably priced at between £1.49 to £1.99 per set. I often get them from The Range, as the store has a big collection of crafting and making items, although even Dunelm Mill has jumped onto the crafting bandwagon so you may spot these there too.
For use on handmade cards etc the ribbons are ideal, as they can be easily cut to size and stuck into position with very little fuss indeed. You can also use them on home made gift tags, around photo frames, or in scrap books to enhance the layout.
I have also used these on some jam and chutney jars that I gave as gifts. Once a piece of checkered fabric is secured to the lid with a plain cord or band, I like to apply a co-ordinating strip of the Anita's Sticky Ribbon around the jar. I then stick a handmade label over the front of the jar ( which hides the joining pieces of ribbon from view). I feel that the addition of the ribbon really suits the home made feel of the gift.
To apply a length of sticky ribbon to your project you must ensure that you have lined the ribbon up in the position you want it to stick to first. Cut the ribbon with very sharp scissors or a crafting knife to minimize any fraying, as frayed ends will spoil your results!
You then only need to peel a very small amount of the backing paper away from the ribbon, just to get you started. Press this first piece lightly in place and then continue to peel off the remaining backing until the ribbon has stuck firmly where its needed. It really is as simple as that. No mess, no waste!
Some of my favorite ribbon packs are the sets which have a gold or silver metallic edging to the ribbons. These are great for making xmas based gifts and cards. Some of the white ribbons with silver edgeing are lovely to use on wedding themed cards or even as a trim for your own hand made wedding invitations, which will really set them off a treat.
These little ribbons make such quick work of embellishing handmade items that you will soon wonder how you ever managed without them. They are such a timer saver, so I want to give them a 5 star rating.
If you're into scrapbooking & cardmaking then undoubtedly you'll have come across Anita's products. They seem to be around in most craft shops (almost always in stock at Hobbycraft) & feature sometimes on QVC. I've been lucky & found many products from the range on eBay including stamps, inkpads, papers, peeloff stickers & these lovely ribbons.
At £1.99 per pack (although usually reduced in Hobbycraft's sales) they may seem expensive for an average of between 6 -9 strips of 30cm ribbon lengths but let me tell you why I don't mind paying for them....
If I'm making a card, quite often than not, it seems to lack that important 'finishing touch' & these are ideal for using as borders or frames & make the project look more professional - changing it from a 'home-made' one into a 'handmade' card or scrapbook page.
There's quite a selection to choose from as they can be plain in fairly vibrant colours (as seen in the picture) to more muted pastel shades. Anita's also seem to keep up with the current trends in cardmaking - eg oriental, cupcakes or vintage - so you can usually find ribbons which will coordinate with your theme.
They also do well-printed ribbons with texts such as Happy Birthday, Congratulations etc which are incredibly useful for layering onto cards if you have bad handwriting like me!
There are also those which have flower designs, spots, with embossing, stripes & abstract designs plus those that would be good used on men's greetings cards (always difficult to finish off).
My favourite ones have to be the ones that contain metallic stripes or designs as most of my cards are made for Christmas & these are ideal. I also love the ones with wavy edges (save a good deal of time changing blades on my guillotine or rooting out the scissors with the correct sized wavy edge)
Some might say 'why not just glue an ordinary piece of ribbon onto a project - easy enough?' - ha! ever tried getting ribbon completely smooth & straight using a fiddly tape pen or pot of glue? - it can work but is SO time consuming I can tell you!
These ribbons from Anita are so easy to use & there's no waste at all. All you do is cut off the required amount, remove it from the backing sheet & place it carefully wherever you need it, then, when happy, press down - voila!
I find them clean to work with (ie no messy fingers) there's no drying time, no bubbles & I've never been disappointed as they never seem to unstick or discolour. Each sheet seems to last a while (depending on how they're used) so, for the price, I'd recommend trying Anita's ribbons - I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
My favourite hobby is card making and I love trying out all the new products and designs.
I have a little box full of pretty ribbons. These look lovely when added to cards but they can be a bit of a pain to attach, especially the very thin ribbons. Then I spotted these sticky ribbons and decided I NEEDED them!
They come in packs of approximately 6 ribbons. Sometimes there are more strips if the ribbon is thin. They are around 30cm long. The main selling point of the ribbons is that they have an adhesive backing. This means you don't need to mess about with glue or tape at all. They are incredibly easy to use, you just cut how much you want then peel it off the backing paper.To apply it to the card you simply place it in position and push down on it to secure - so easy!
The adhesive on the back of the ribbon is strong and I have never had a ribbon start to un-stick once it was in place.
There is now a wide variety of ribbons available in lots of different colours:
Printed messages e.g. with New Baby or Happy Birthday printed along them.
They can be purchased from the docrafts website at www.docrafts.co.uk or from most craft shops. They cost around £1.99 for a pack but I have often seen them on special offer.
I really recommend these sticky ribbons to anyone interested in card making or scrapbooking. They are a very quick and effective way of adding interesting detail to your projects. Because they are so easy to use, they would be a great product to use with children. They are available in so many different colours and themes that I have always been able to find a style to suit whatever I am making.
For ideas of how to use the sticky ribbons I suggest checking out www.docrafts.co.uk where you can search for projects using the ribbons.