Fun and Funky Ricrac Flowers

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I get so excited each month when the new Digital Scrapper Premier kit arrives! It is always beautifully designed, packed full of goodies, and inspires me to think creatively. Inevitably, I start thinking about what I can make with the kit pieces. It feels a bit like recycling. For instance, I have been known to make string out of a candy cane, washi tape from paper, and even a stitched border from a doodled candle! It’s fun to think outside the box when browsing through a scrapbooking kit. Not only does it stretch the creative mind, but it also extends the life of the kit . . . how fabulous!

So, in this lesson, I am going to show you how to quickly and easily create a funky flower using some ricrac ribbon. After a little embellishing with kit pieces, it will make a fun addition to your scrapbook layouts and greetings cards. To begin, all you need is a piece of ricrac. Don’t worry if you don’t have ricrac; any style of ribbon can be used. For this lesson, I’m using the orange ricrac ribbon from Hop Along by Penny Springmann (originally included in the April 2013 Premier issue).


Step One: Prepare Your Workspace

  • Create a new 12 x 12 inch document (File > New > Blank File) at 300 ppi with a white background. (Photoshop: Choose File > New.)
  • In the Menu Bar, choose View > Rulers.
  • Open the ricrac ribbon (File > Open) that you want to use.
  • Get the Move tool.
  • In the Tool Options, make sure Show Bounding Box is checked and Auto Select Layer is unchecked. (Photoshop: In the Options Bar, check Show Transform Controls.)
  • Holding down the Shift key, click on the ricrac and drag it onto your document.

Step Two: Resize the Ricrac

  • On the document, click and drag on a corner handle of the Bounding Box to resize the ricrac to about 4 inches long. (Photoshop: Press and hold the Shift key to maintain proportions when resizing.)
  • Double click inside the Bounding Box to commit the changes.
  • Click and drag the ricrac to the center of the document.


Step Three: Duplicate and Rotate the Ricrac

  • Press Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J) to duplicate the ricrac.
  • Click on a corner handle of the Bounding Box to get the Transform options.
  • In the Tool Options, enter 30° for the Angle. (Photoshop: Enter 30° for Rotate.)
  • Double click inside the Bounding Box to commit the changes.


  • In the Layers panel, make sure the top layer is active.
  • Repeat Step Three four more times.

Step Four: Apply a Shadow and Link the Layers

You now have the basic shape of a ricrac flower.

  • Apply a small drop shadow to each of the ricrac layers. In the example below, I used a drop shadow with a Distance of 10, a Size of 15, and an Opacity of 60%.


  • In the Layers panel, click on the Background layer and drag it to the Trash.
  • In the Menu Bar, choose Select > All Layers.
  • In the Layers panel, click on one of the Link/Unlink Layers icons to link the layers together. (Photoshop: Click on the Link Layers icon.)

Step Five: Decorate the Flower

  • Decorate the ricrac flower to suit your scrapbook page or greeting card. Add a button, a brad, or some circles of paper to the center. Use ribbon or paper strips for the stem and add some leaves if you like. Experiment with using different colors and styles of ribbon to create different looks. You could even add a ricrac flower to a pre-made flower for a more shabby chic look.
  • Once you are happy with your ricrac flower design, link all the layers together, using the instructions in Step Four, to prevent the layers from being nudged out of place.

Here are some ricrac flowers I put together to give you an idea of how the finished article could look:


Your ricrac flowers will look fabulous as scrapbook embellishments or card toppers. Make a few to create a bunch of flowers, turn them into pretty borders, or simply use them to frame precious photos. Have fun and post your creations in the Digi Scrap Tutorial of the Week Gallery . . . I’d love to see them!

Happy creating!
🙂 Hx

Here are a couple of examples of how the ricrac flowers can be used on greetings cards:




In the example below, I have used ribbons of varying style and color along with a number of paper layers to create a flowery photo frame that has quite a shabby chic feel to it:


Digi Scrap Tutorial: Create Fun and Funky Flowers with Ricrac Ribbons by Helen Ash (aka SimplyHx)
Layout and cards by SimplyHx
Photos: Helen Ash
Kit: Hop Along by Penny Springmann (originally included in the April 2013 Premier issue)
Other items used: 
Painterly Overlays Volume 1 by Susie Roberts, Sun Glare from Photographie by Joanne Brisebois (originally included in the October 2012 Premier issue), Word Art from Alphabet Soup by Digilicious Designs (originally included in the September 2011 Premier issue), and All Stitched Up by Susie Roberts
Fonts: Myriad Pro, Scriptina, Century Gothic, Century Schoolbook, and DSP Curly Q Solid
oftware: PS CS6, PSE 11

Download this Digi Scrap Tutorial

19 Responses

  1. Jeanne
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    these are just ADORABLE!! Thank you for the great tutorial! I can’t wait to try it!

    • Helen Ash
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      Thank you, Jeanne, I hope you have fun with it! 🙂 Hx

  2. Doris
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    These are soooooooooooooooooo cute! Love the idea. So creative.

    • Helen Ash
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      Aww, thank you so much, Doris! I am soooooooooooo pleased you like the idea! 😀 Hx

  3. Chickie
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    What a creative and fun idea! I love the cute flower examples you made and I can see using the ricrac flower as sunbeams also. Love it!

    • Helen Ash
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      Oh yes! Sunbeams would be a wonderful idea! I’m glad you like the tutorial, thank you. 🙂 Hx

  4. pattya
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    These are so cute! Thanks for the tutorial–I can’t wait to try it!

    • Helen Ash
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      Thanks, Patty! Have fun with it! 🙂 Hx

  5. Nann
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    These flowers are just so sunny and bright …. just what we all need… a little sunshine. Thanks for brightening my day and giving me such fun element to add to my pages.

    • Helen Ash
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      You’re very welcome, Nann! They are rather cheery, aren’t they? I’m glad you like them. 😀 Hx

  6. Christy Bednarik
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    Thanks for the bouquet. I was wondering how yoou did the “MOM” on the Mother’s Day card.

    • Helen Ash
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      Hi Christy… here’s how I made the MOM cut-out. Create your Type on a layer above the card layer, and position it where you want it. Get a selection outline of the Type. Select the card layer, and press Backspace to cut the lettering out of the card. Drag the Type layer to the Trash. Expand the Selection a little, then create a new layer above the card, and add a Stroke. I hope that helps! 🙂 Hx

  7. Shirl/grambie
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    This has such a whimsical aura to it and will be a fun addition to my layout pages. The flowers are indeed so cute and colorful. You must have digital scrapping ideas floating around in your head, even when you are asleep. Love it. 😉

    (Come to think of it, I know that I have some complementing flowers in my stash. It will be a great mix, and will also help me to use up some of my supplies.)

    • Helen Ash
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      Thanks, Shirl, your lovely comments always brighten my day! Oh fab, it’s great to find ways of using up our scrapping stash! 🙂 Hx

  8. Tora
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    These look so much fun Helen 🙂 Thanks for sharing this

    • Helen Ash
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      You’re very welcome, Tora! I’m glad you think they’re fun. I have to say, I’ve had a lot of fun with this myself! 😀 Hx

  9. Sharron
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    Thanks, I love your funky flowers and especially the examples that show them off so well.

    • Helen Ash
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      You’re welcome, Sharron, and thank you. I’m so pleased you love the examples… I had a lot of fun putting them together! 🙂 Hx

  10. Tammy Graf
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    This is so adorable! I love how many different ways you used it. Love it!

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