Tuesday Tip: Custom dyed ribbon

It may have been a little difficult to see on yesterday’s card, but the fabulous 1¼” Striped Grosgrain Ribbon was dyed in order to tone it down a bit for the vintage holiday feel.  My hardworking sister dyed over 15 yards of this for Super Saturday.  We talked about different techniques to accomplish this, but in the end she sprayed the ribbon with plain water, then used an Aqua Painter to spread the re-inker, which she had pooled onto a plastic lid.  The fact that the ribbon was wet made it easier to spread the color — it might have looked a little blotchy when wet, but the ribbon dried perfectly.

It’s worth experimenting with different colors of ink refills to see how the ribbon takes the color.  This was More Mustard, and it took less than one bottle to dye all that ribbon!  Imagine all the custom ribbons you can make!

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2 Responses to Tuesday Tip: Custom dyed ribbon

  1. Kath says:

    I have been dying ribbon and string for a couple of years now, I use rubbing alcohol and reinker I pour it into an empty brad container and put my loosely wound ribbon in , put the lid on and shake. When I take it out I lay it on the brown paper that comes with an order. Just my tip.

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