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Tape Measure Cards

Hello! Today I wanted to share with you a couple of ways to put the “Tape Measure” Canvas Ribbon to use on your cards. With the measuring tape motif, it can be used on projects for teachers, seamstresses, crafters or construction workers!

Tape Measure Cards - Rolled Flowers 

For the first card I have taken a 12″ length of the ribbon and added a running (straight) stitch to the bottom with needle and thread. Once completely stitched along the edge, I pulled the thread to create a pleated look. Knot off the thread and then wind the ribbon around into a flower motif. I glued the flower to a small piece of felt with fabric glue.

 Tape Measure Cards - Rolled Flowers

I used some stickers and papers by Kaiser Craft that includes some buttons in the patterns.


Next I made a teacher’s card by adding rows of the canvas ribbon to a piece of cardstock.

 Tape Measure Cards - Back to School Teacher Card

The card base is 4.25″ X 5.5″, so I cut the cardstock to 3.25″ X 4″. I placed the strips of ribbon through a Xyron Sticker Maker and then applied to the cardstock. I alternated the pattern so that one row’s numbers would be off-set with the next row.

 Tape Measure Cards - Back to School Teacher Card

To complete the card, I used papers and stickers from Simple Stories. I wanted the tape measure background to be the main focal point, so I kept my embellishments to a minimum.

If you’re interested in more masculine cards with the printed canvas ribbon, try spritzing with distress ink or tea-dying! 



By Shellye McDaniel




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  1. Amy C.

    How fun! The tape measure ribbon flowers are adorable!

  2. TracyM #6773

    LOVE how CREATIVE you have been with your canvas ribbon Shellye – the flower card is so pretty and the teach card such FUN – the canvas also adds a lovely texture too!!!

  3. Martie Rollin

    These 2 cards are so cute! Love those flowers…I can just see them on my own cards. I have sew many friends that would appreciate tape measure ribbon!

  4. marylouh

    Love the tape measure ribbon. Cute cards.


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