Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Dying Ribbon to Match Your Card

Hello Everyone!

My Heartfelt Creations post this week is a card I made with the Butterfly Medley Collection.  It's a pretty simple card to create with just some embellishments and paper from the Butterfly Medley paper collection (of course)!   I ended up dying some white seam binding to match my card, so I thought I'd share that easy technique with you today, too.

For the card, I started by sponging Walnut Stain Distress ink on the edges of a 4" x 5-1/4" panel of seed-themed background paper from the paper collection.  I found a piece of burlap material in my stash, cut it into a square, pulled off some of the strands from all four sides to fray it a bit, and then adhered it at an angle onto my card. 

I selected one of the coordinating tags that comes as part of the paper collection and sponged Distress Ink on the edges.  I stamped a sentiment from the "Heartfelt Expressions" cling stamp set onto the tag, then added a jumbo eyelet to the top.  I adhered the tag over the burlap piece with some foam squares.  At this point, I decided my tag needed purple ribbon, so I stopped to dye some white seam binding (steps are shown below) with Viva Decor 3-D Stamp Paint to coordinate with my card. 

Finally, I dug up ("get it"??) some tiny garden tool embellishments that I've had forever (I was surprised I found them!) to glue on to the card front. 

Dying seam binding is really easy, just three steps basically.  Here's what I did:

1.) I mixed some Viva Decor "Violet - Metallic" 3-D Stamp Paint with water to make my ribbon dye solution. 

I just lightly dipped my dauber into the paint jar and then transferred the small glob that the dauber picked up to the dry container by tapping it off onto the bottom of the container.  I added about 1/2" of water to the container, stirred it up a little with the dauber and just sort of eye-balled the color to see if it was the tone I was going for.  I decided it was the right color I wanted so I didn't add any more paint to the water (at this point more paint could be added to intensify the color or a different color altogether could be mixed in to make a custom dye color).

2.) I estimated how long of a piece of seam binding ribbon I'd need for my project, cut it to that length, and dropped it into the container of purple water.  I used my dauber to smash the ribbon around in the dye solution so it would soak up the color.  After a a few seconds of smashing, I pulled the wet ribbon out of the water and moved it into a ziplock baggie, sealed the top, and kneaded and squished the ribbon around inside the baggie to get it nice and wrinkled and full of color.  This went on for about two minutes.

2.) I pulled the ribbon out of the baggie, balled it up one last time real tightly to ensure there was lots of wrinkling going on, and carefully dried it with my heat tool.  Careful, too much heat will melt and/or burn the fabric -- don't ask...

This is a look at the dried, dyed ribbon.  I couldn't capture it in the photo, but because the 3-D Stamp Paint is full of all kinds of awesome glimmer, that glimmer and sparkle transfers to the ribbon!  It's a pretty cool effect!

Finally, I tied a double bow with my newly-dyed purple ribbon using my ribbon-tieing block thing and glued the bow onto the tag on my card.  (I didn't actually loop the ribbon through the tag's hole, I can't get it to hold the bow shape when I do that -- I'm kind of clumsy that way -- so I just fake it by gluing it on.)

 And there you have it....

The Heartfelt Creations products I used for my card today are:
HCDP1 251 Butterfly Medley Paper Collection
HCPC 3474 Heartfelt Expressions Cling Stamp set
Viva 3D Stamp Paint in Violett-Metallic

Thanks so much for visiting today - I am always grateful and appreciate you checking out my blog!!  Please leave a comment if you can, and by all means, be sure to visit the Heartfelt Creations Blog today too, where all the creativity starts!!

TFL, I'm so glad you stopped by!


SussiPoppins said...

Hi Anne, I love this color. The ribbon makes a lovely finish to the tag...multi tasking queen that you are...xox

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

What a sweet, sweet card, Anne! Your dyed seam binding is glorious!

Donna Ellis said...

Love your gardening friendship card, Anne, and the pretty, rich colors. Thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial on creating your fantastic seam binding ribbon and bow! It was very helpful! hugs, de

Marisa Job said...

Such a pretty card! Love the ribbon!

Regina Hamilton said...

Anne, this is beautiful. I love the seam binding.

Olga said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!!! I love the dying of the ribbon!!!!!

Helena (Gvendalen) said...

Very pretty card! Your dyed seam binding is gorgeous! hugs, Helena

Kathy said...

Such a pretty spring card Anne! I love the burlap background and your hand-dyed ribbon! Blessings! Kathy

Penny Odell said...

Stunning Anne!!! Just stunning. I love how you colored the ribbon and those gardening tools you added are just too cute!

Anne Temple said...

Amazing card! Love your ribbon and bow.

Tracey Fehr said...

Fantastic tutorial and creation, Anne! The color for the seam binding turned out perfect! Love those little gardening tools...the perfect embellies for this card!

Robin said...

Anne, your tag is gorgeous! Love your tutorial on dying seam binding!!!