Saturday, August 11, 2007

Dying Grosgrain Ribbon

Have you ever been frustrated when you can't find the exact colour of ribbon to match your card or scrapbook page? Don't worry - just die (whoops, I mean dye!)

You can easily dye your white grosgrain ribbon by simply running it through any dye-based ink pad. Just follow these simple instructions and you can have ribbon in any colour you desire!

You will need:

- a dye-based ink pad
- white ribbon (I have used grosgrain here)
- a little plastic bag (or rubber gloves or even some gladwrap around your finger will work)

WARNING: This technique is very messy, the plastic bag (or gladwrap or rubber gloves) will protect your fingers while you are dabbling in the ink pad.

Simply press the ribbon into the ink pad with your finger, then pull the ribbon across the ink pad while applying even pressure. Do this first on one side, then flip the ribbon over and repeat on the other side for even colour coverage. You can do this as many times as you need to until you get the colour depth that you require.

Because you have soaked quite a bit of ink into your ribbon by this stage, make sure that you give it plenty of time to air dry before you attach it to cardstock or it will smear on your card. Alternatively, if you are a little impatient like me, you can use your heat gun or even your iron (make sure to place between scrap paper) to dry it completely before you use it.

I always knew that iron had to be good for something ...

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