Friday, July 13, 2012

A Rainbow Of Ribbons




Hi everyone,

Today I want to make some hand dyed
ribbon.  I love all kinds of ribbon.
It is so easy to make your own.

First lets get some items together.

You will need:
The inks of the colors you want to make.
A bowl to mix the colors in.



A glove to protect you hands.
A cup of water.
A container of alcohol.
Lots of paper towls:)
And the ribbon you want to color.
I am using "Hug Snug", it is a seam binding
that has a silky finish. It has 100 yards,
and it only runs about 9 dollars a spool.
I get mine from Fabric.com, they always
have great prices and free shipping over 35 dollars. They also run coupons. I get white and black. Because it is hard to make black ribbon.



I started out with a few drops of ink then added the water. I found out it is better to add the water first, then the ink.




When you have the color you desire.




Just measure out what you need, I used 4 yard
pieces, and put it in the bowl. Put
the glove on and make sure all the ribbon is covered. Then squeeze out any remaining liquid.



If you leave it in a pile like this, it will be
crinkly and the colors will be light and dark,
when dry.



                   Like this. Yes I know this is green.


                                                                    
       Also if you let the ribbons touch each other they will bleed into one another.
 So keep them apart until they dry.  

  This is the ribbons I made today.
64 yards, and it only cost me about
10 dollars to make.





To use the alcohol inks, you do the same thing, only use alcohol instead of water.



Dip ribbon in ink.


Then if you want the ribbon to be one color
and flat, just pull ribbon through fingers to flatten out and hang over door sill to dry.
And they will look like this.


I like to keep both on hand.
The crinkle you can iron flat, and the
flat you can add a little water and crinkle up.

If you only have the ink pads, that will work also. Just put the ribbon on the ink pad and hold your finger (with glove on ) over the ribbon, press down and pull ribbon through to the end. hang to dry.

I hope you will give this a try.

Thank you so much for stopping by.
And have a scrappy day.

 

3 comments:

Melinda Gleissner said...

Kathy, I love all of your colorful pictures! This is a great walk-through. Thank you for the seam binding link. I've been looking for a good and inexpensive brand.

AJ Scrapbooking and Cards said...

Awesome Awesome! I so need to try this. This looks way more easy then making your own glimmer mist. Ha. TFS AJ~

Cathy said...

Thanks kathy for sharing this tip:)