OK I hope this works!! If you have dial-up this little clip may not work for you (or it may take FOREVER to watch - it's only like 19 seconds long. I've been promising my customers for MONTHS now to post how **I** tie my ribbon on my cards and now here it is (finally!!)
I wanted the video to be at the END of this tutorial but so far I can't move it - so it's just gonna stay where it is and y'all can check out the step-by-step with pictures down here!
Edited to add - BIG thanks goes to Tim as he held the camera for a couple of the pics as well as took this little video clip for me!! And I'm glad y'all like my froggie nails ROFL!! On my right thumb I have a froggie wearing a yellow bikini holding an umbrella - and a couple other ones on my other nails - I get a lot of attention with them LOL!!!
The ribbon used is May Arts double-sided silk ribbon - I thought that would make it easier to see how I do it - so for this the brown is the top/front and the blue is the bottom/underside of the ribbon.
Bring the ribbon around the CS and cross it over making sure the left piece is on TOP of the right.
Take the top piece and wrap it under while at the same time flipping it so the underside of the ribbon faces up - as you can see in the picture you do that with both ends of the ribbon.
Pull both ends tight.
Now at this point I use my pinkie finger on my left hand to hold the ribbon in place -- however when you're first learning to do this it really helps to use a pair of reverse-action tweezers (the kind you have to press to open) - like the ones that come in the SU! tool kit - to hold it tight for you.
Bring the top piece over (in a clockwise direction) and around the bottom piece as shown.
Pull it tight and there you have it!!
Now you can either leave it as is and just trim the ends OR if you're using double-sided ribbon you can slightly twist it as you're pulling it tight so that the same side of the ribbon faces up. This is where it REALLY helps to have a decent length of ribbon as you may have to pull it apart and try a couple of times to get it right.
Then just trim the ends - always cut at an angle to help prevent fraying (and a good pair of sharp scissors is a must - I have a pair of Paper Snips (from SU!) that I use JUST for ribbon and they work awesome).
All I can say to add to this is it takes PRACTICE!!! And making sure to cut the ribbon longer than you need helps too - always cut it at least 5" longer than the length of BOTH sides you're tying the ribbon around (so if it's a piece of CS that is 5.5" wide - you need at least 16" of ribbon (11" to cover both sides and then the extra 5" to tie with).