An Altered Tray for a Proper Gentleman

An Altered Tray for a Proper Gentleman: Using Ribbon to Alter a Printer’s Tray

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!

June is such a busy month: there’s Father’s Day, loads of weddings and of course, graduation!  That proud moment when a young person walks up (or down) the aisle to receive a hard won diploma…well, that’s one of the top moments in life!  I’ve been very busy in the studio creating a ton of graduation themed projects.  This one, an altered tray for a Proper Gentleman, was made for a young man who just graduated with a minor in Drama.  Take a peeky:

Kathy by Design/Altered Graduation TrayI am finding so many great uses for the new Canvas Color Band Ribbon!  It ties great bows, of course, but it is also the perfect width to use when covering the face of a printer’s tray!  How nifty is that!

Graduation Tray 07I applied 1/2″ Scor-Tape along the vertical sides of the tray, then pressed my Black Canvas Color Band Ribbon down to really seal it in place.  Then I did the horizontal sides in the same way.  The corners are finished off with Tim’s metal corners.

Graduation Tray 02Don’t you just love the texture this ribbon adds?  I do!  (And it comes in a rainbow of colors!  Woo-hoo!)  The papers I used to line my tray are from Graphic 45’s A Proper Gentleman.

Graduation Tray 04Because the recipient of this tray minored in drama, I’ve incorporated elements to pick up on that theme. Stars are always good on masculine projects, and they fit the theme here very well.  The quote used here is from G45’s Kraft Reflections.  I matted it with both black and gold to really make it pop. I also threaded the canvas ribbon through my tags and stapled them in place with my teeny tiny stapler.

Graduation Tray 03This large graduation cap and tassel were matted onto gold linen cardstock.  The gold looks so good with the blues and reds.  And that crisp black and cream ribbon adds great texture and pattern to the project.

Graduation Tray 05I also used the ribbon to add a border to my papers.

Graduation Tray 06And here you can really see how it makes that little tag stand out!

Kathy by Design/Altered Graduation trayUsing ribbon to alter a tray like this is so much easier than using paint or ink!  And I love the way it looks, don’t you?

Huge congrats to all the grads out there….and mom and dad, too!  Give yourselves a pat on the back for a job well done!

Thanks for stopping by!



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8 thoughts on “An Altered Tray for a Proper Gentleman

  1. Kris

    A wonderful keepsake that will definitely be cherished! Thanks for sharing your wonderful creations Kathy!

  2. Carol

    This is wonderful Kathy. Such a wonderful keepsake of a proud time. I love how you have used the ribbon, it makes the whole tray look classy. Love the black and gold together too. X

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