Happy Wednesday! As promised, we’re custom dying ribbon using alcohol inks today. I used this easy method to personalize a ‘Craft It Forward’ for my pal Betsy in San Jose 😀 Here’s the sneak peek I shared Monday.
I’ve made something totally new, with tons of fun colours. I wanted to custom dye some plain white ribbon to coordinate with the cute-as-a-button papers in Betsy’s project. I’m using the alcohol inks you see at the scrapbook stores. If you love to scrapbook, you probably already have these in your cupboard. There’s many brands, I don’t have a preference and usually just purchase the one’s in the colours I want. Here’s what I used:
- wax paper to protect your work top
- alcohol inks
- Alcohol Blending Solution (to thin dyes to desired hue)
- plain white ribbon
- paper towel
- rubber gloves
- First, protect your work surface with a sizeable sheet of wax paper. Let’s face it, bad things happen to good crafters 😀 I’m famous for spilling things. I have made a habit of always putting the cap back on the ink RIGHT after I use it but you’ll also want a dry spot to rest your ribbon on as you work too.
- Pool about a tablespoon of Alcohol Blending Solution on your craft mat and add a drop of your first colour (start with the lightest colour)
- Blend with gloved finger
- Dip ribbon into ink randomly
- Wipe up any leftover ink with paper towel
- Repeat steps 2 – 5 with your other colours
These alcohol inks will dry quite quick, but I still wait overnight to use the ribbons in a project. I really love the softness of these colours together and they remind me of vintage maps. Which you know I’m rather fond of ; )