If you know me, you know I love ribbon and I especially love white seam binding type ribbon. I call products like it “Blank Canvases” because they are so easy to make them any color I want. I don’t need to buy ribbon in every color when I can color it so easily with dyes, inks, and paints that I have in my crafty stash. Today I want to share a simple technique to turn plain ribbon into amazing edge dyed ribbon.
If you are a fan of Crinkle Ribbon like me, you already know how easy it is to color with Distress Inks, Stains, Spray Stains, and Paints. You can also use other inks and paints like Dylusions, Dina Wakely Media, and Ranger Basics. Today I want to share another option for coloring ribbon that you may not have thought of… Distress Markers!
Edge Dyed Ribbon tutorial:
Begin with DRY Crinkle Ribbon and a Distress Marker (any color to match your project.) If you don’t have Distress Markers, you can use any other marker or ink pad that is water soluble.
Draw a line of color along the edge of the ribbon.
You can draw just a very thin line of color…
or add a wide stripe of color. You can vary the widths as you go to create a more ombre look, or stick to just one width for a more precise and uniform look. The lighter you draw the color on, the softer the color will be. The heavier you apply the marker ink the more intense the color will be.
Mist the ribbon with water. The more water you add the more blended the color will be.
Wring out the wet ribbon in a dry cloth.
Dry the ribbon with a heat tool.
If you don’t have Distress Markers, you can also you the edge of a Distress Ink Pad. I prefer the mini Distress Ink Pads for this technique since they are easier to handle.
You can add a second lighter color to the opposite side of the ribbon if desired. Mist with Water to blend, wring out with a dry cloth, and dry with a heat tool.
The ribbon is now ready to use to create a bow or use on your project. To learn how to create a Fluffy Bow and create a handy (and FREE) bow making tool, check out my Fluffy Bow Tutorial.
I love the way the finished edge dyed ribbon has an ombre-like look. I love simple techniques that add something special to your projects!