Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Technique Tuesday

I'm going to chat about a quick and easy technique today...dying ribbon! There are a number of ways to take white or cream ribbon and change the color to match your cardstock, as I did on today's card. I'm going to share a number of links for the different options available.

Using Distress Inks - This is one of my favorite methods to dye ribbon (and the technique I used for the card), shown by Tim Holtz. You'll need to scroll through this post until you get to the portion where he showcases how to dye ribbon with Distress Inks.

Using Copic Markers - This is an exciting post by Nichole Heady, showing how to use Copic Markers to make striped ribbon!

You can also use the chisel tip of a Copic Marker to create a solid color on ribbon. Alcohol inks also work to dye ribbon but are super messy...wear gloves when using alcohol inks!

Now what is the best ribbon to use for dying? My favorite choice is seam binding. This isn't your mother's seam binding, which is very thick, stiff, and only a good option for clothing! This ribbon is very lightweight and soft. You can invest in purchasing this type of ribbon in a variety of colors or you can stop in at the store and purchase the white ribbon by the yard. Then take it home and use your stash of markers and inks to experiment with color options! Another great option is grosgrain ribbon, which is a great choice when using Copics. Whatever option you choose, you're sure to have fun with the creating your own unique ribbon colors!

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