Dye job needed? Ribbon dying tips and links and lots of alternatives.

Hi All,

Frugal thoughts, questions and design ideas cross my mind at the oddest hours so thought I would pass along the following bits and pieces I’ve been collecting.  Originally meant to be a tip or two for Tightwad Tuesday or Frugal Friday it morphed into its own topic that all began with the following question received from a customer.

Is that Rich Razzleberry In Color ribbon on Backorder again?!??!

( Curses if only those bloggers would stop using so much of it there might be some left for the rest of us!  :D)

Do you only have  white taffeta/organza  ribbon in your drawer and that design on your desk requires a punch of color not available at 2am in the morning???  

Do you wish all your ribbons had measles…uhmmmm… polka dots?

SU inks to the rescue – your frugal crafting buddy (that’s me and a few thousand other demos) are here to tell you that you can use SU ink to color/dye that white or vanilla or whatever ribbon to match the shade you want and really, really need or add polka dots or rub on’s or stamp on or……!   A few drops of reinker in a small dish and swirl the ribbon or run the ribbon directly over an ink pad or sponge the ink on, etc. and you’ve created the perfect shade for any project.   For more specifics on this  I’ve added  links for your learning pleasure and of course there are a number of videos on You Tube and posts listed on Google that will tell you how ….and if you have still more questions please feel free to drop me a note and you know I’ll have a few more ideas for you :D!


 http://procrastistamper.blogspot.com/2009/08/dying-organza-ribbon-sponge-ink-pad.html – dying organza ribbon

http://andreawalford.com/?p=583 – dying taffeta ribbon with a brayer

http://www.barbstamps.com/my_weblog/2009/03/oval-all-swap.html – plastic bag technique

http://www.barbstamps.com/my_weblog/2009/03/manhattan-flower-folder-and-more-dyed-ribbon.html – smoosh and rinse for color intensity

http://andreawalford.com/?p=3064 – reinkers in water for flowers or ribbon

http://pattystamps.com/pattys_stamping_spot/2008/01/i-polka-dotted.html – polka dot your ribbon!

http://pattystamps.com/pattys_stamping_spot/2008/05/popsicle-card.html – Inking your ribbon with a marker + a fun card

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0BVCeaFZXc – dying ribbon with marker video tutorial

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaNrpgO4F_c – dying grosgrain ribbon video

http://vanessawebb.net/blog/?p=518 – Rub on’s on a ribbon add a special touch and did you know you can use them on buttons too? – http://vanessawebb.net/blog/?p=189

http://lindastamps.wordpress.com/2009/05/14/stamping-vid-bits-stamping-on-ribbon-trick/  – video with stamping on ribbon tricks and tips

http://lindastamps.wordpress.com/2009/05/18/quick-technique-poppin-pastels-on-ribbon/ – poppin pastel on ribbon video


Tip: After dying you can also add a bit of texture by putting your ribbon through one of the impressions folders in a Big Shot for a bit of extra oomph!  The damp ribbon will take the texture better – then you can dry with your heat tool or just allow to air dry.  Ribbon can also be put through the texturz plates and even run through a crimper tool.


dying pretties kit flowers


These are just a few basics – now go out and experiment and if you learn something new and wonderful I’d love it if you came back here and shared with the rest of us!


Hugs and blessings and start your week off stamping! – Jean


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  1. […] an actual ribbon for your lapel but don’t have the right color….check out this earlier post with how to’s on dying ribbon to match whatever color you […]

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