Friday, February 1, 2008

Adventures in Dyeing Ribbon

So I've never actually done it before.... and I never actually looked at a tutorial before. I was just thinking of a way that would make sense, and I went for it. I tried it one way at first that DIDN'T work: I mixed reinker with water, but all that happened was I got wet ribbon that didn't have nearly ANY color. So, don't do it that way. Then, I decided it made more sense to try mixing the reinkers with rubbing alcohol. That did it! Just soak for about a minute and then dab it dry with a paper towel. Super easy. Just don't expect to keep your fingers clean. lol


My motivation - I have a friend who's in the hospital right now so I decided to make a get-well card for her. And, my all time favorite get-well stamp set is Happy Healing, which I've got but never used before (can you believe it?!). Here's what resulted:


image (c) Stampin' Up! 1990-2008

Of course I am not a pro photographer by ANY means... so imagine that botle label with glitter all over it, becasue it DOES. There's also a piece of blush blossom ribbon in that bunch but it got hidden in the pic too. Oh well. Okay, so what did I use? Here goes:

Stamp Set: Happy Healing (SU!, retired)

Colors: Chocolate Chip, Blush Blossom, Groovy Guava (Saffron and Wasabi coloring in image), Natural Creme cardstock

Other: Grosgrain in Chocolate Chip, white (dyed guava and also blush), 2 way glue pen, dazzling diamonds, dimensionals, Cuttlebug texture embossing in Mesh, glue dots, blender pen

Am I forgetting anything? Don't think so. Just that the card says "Happy Healing" inside, and that I hope this helps my friend recover sooner, or at least makes her smile!

Have a great day everyone!

12 comments:

Lesa said...

What a great idea with the alcohol. I will have to go try it. I have always wondered if just using water would wash out if it got wet. Hmmmmmmm.... makes ya think. Thanks for the tip.

Alana said...

I would have never guessed that you dyed this ribbon! It looks to match so perfectly. Great Job. I'm sure your friend's spirit will be lifted by this cute card.

mandijwaters said...

Oh.. this is such a cute card. Love the colors too!

Mandi

Suzi said...

Great card! I have also dyed the ribbon by rubbing it on the stamp pad...Messy but effective! Ha, ha!
Suzi

Stacy said...

This turned out really cute. Your friend will love it!

Lorraine said...

i don't see a picture of the ribbon or anything for that matter! i'm sure it's absolutely beautiful like the rest of your creations!

Lori J said...

This is super cute, Gina! I love the colors you chose for this set. :0)

Kerry J. said...

Love all those band-aids!! How adorable! I'm sure your friend will be cheered immensely by this card!

laos348 said...

That is really cute - I'm sure your friend will love it. I haven't tried dying ribbon yet but thanks for the tip on using the alcohol.

Michelle said...

Excellent job dying the ribbon. You know, you can use watercolors to dye ribbon, too? I love using my twinkling H20s, get that extra little glimmer.

Your card is adorable!!

Stampin' Meg said...

Those band aids are so cute!(They are what really catch my eye!)

Charmaine (CharmWarm on SCS) said...

This is adorable!