Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Trendy Tuesdays - Crinkled ribbon/dying ribbon

Crinkled Ribbon/Dying Ribbon

Brought to you by: Anita Mulcahey


  • *Hug Snug Seam binding (You have to use seam binding that it 100% rayon or the ink won’t absorb the color)
  • *Glimmer Mist or Shimmer Spray, any color and any type (I used Glimmer Mist Meadow Green and Wheatfields and Shimerz Mudpie)
  • *Rubber Glove (unless you like inky fingers)
  • *Plastic craft mat (you could also use wax paper)
  • *Spray water bottle


  1. Cut a piece of the seam binding a little longer than the length that you want. I find that 15 to 18 inches gives me enough length to do what I want on cards. If using on a layout I would go longer. Remember that it is going to be crinkled and scrunched up which will make it shorter.
  2. Place seam binding on your mat and lightly mist with water. You will have beaded up water on your mat, swirl the seam binding around in.
  1. Mist with the color of your choice. Depending on the richness of your color you will have to determine how heavy a hand to use. Start light because you can always go darker.
  1. You will now have beads of color on your mat and I swirl the binding around in the extra spray to use up the extra color.
  2. If you want your binding to have variations in color, start with your base color and then I spray from a height of about a foot with the second color. I do a little at a time until it looks how I want it to.
  3. Use your fingers to tightly press your seam binding into a ball and set aside to dry. I favor a more crinkled look so during the drying process I spread out the seam binding and then crinkle it again and set off to dry further. If you are in a hurry you can dry your seam binding with a heat gun. You also don’t have to crinkle the binding at all and can use the above process to dye it the color that you want.

Here is a card that I have made using the crinkled ribbon.

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**Treefrog** said...

Love the Tutorial Anita! What a great way to match up your ribbon color with your project! I need to try this but first I need to find some of that seam binding, lol! Thanks again!
((Hugs)) Theresa (QQ DT)

Anonymous said...

I am very excited to give this technique a try! Thanks for sharing.