Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Mother's Day Card and Ribbon Coloring Tutorial for RRR

In a couple short weeks, I'll officially be an empty nester. Maria walked the stage to receive her diploma on Sunday and the previous day was offered a job working with her older sister at Best Buy. She'll be moving in with Grace next week instead of this fall when college starts to be closer to work. 

I've been blessed to spent the past 26 years with my husband, raising our children, so it will definitely be a change around here, but I embrace the new life!! It's only appropriate for me share the Mother's Day card I created for my mom. I often buy white or off white ribbon, then color it to coordinate with my project. So it was natural when making my Really Reasonable Ribbon selections to get several lengths of gorgeous white ribbon. Today, I'll be sharing a tutorial showing you how I dyed ribbon for the bows on this card. 

Mother's Day Card

RRR Products Used:

Dyeing Ribbon with Alcohol Ink Tutorial

Supply List:
Alcohol ink in color(s) of choice (Ranger Sandal)
Small glass container
Heat Tool (Optional)

Step 1. Cut ribbon to length for project.

Step 2. Place enough water in a glass dish to just cover and dye the ribbon when wet. (Plastic containers can be used if disposable, since they will be dyed by the alcohol ink.)

Step 3. Add several drops of alcohol ink to the water. You can combine different colors if you wish, to achieve the hue you need. Start with only 3 or 4 drops, mix well and add ribbon. Allow the ribbon to soak in the colored water for a couple minutes. You can pull some of the ribbon out of the water to check the color. Normally the color will lighted a bit when dry. If you want a darker color, add some more alcohol ink to the water and continue soaking the ribbon. Repeat until you achieve the color you desire. 

**Note** For more intense color, use less water and more alcohol ink, and use darker, more intense alcohol ink colors. 

Step 4. For a crinkled end result, crush the ribbon into a ball. You can let it sit to dry, or if you are like me, use a heat tool to dry, being careful not to get too close to the ribbon, or you may melt it. 

Now you have beautifully dyed ribbon, ready to be used on your creation. 

Tips and Techniques:

Double Loop Bow ~ Ginny's fabulous tutorial on the RRR blog to create these sweet bows can be found here.

Silky Crush Ribbon Background ~ This gorgeous Silky Crush Ribbon is nice and wide, so just two strips create a beautiful background for my chipboard flourish.

Chipboard Flourish and Butterfly ~ I painted these lovely Blue Fern pieces with antique white paint, then a light coat of liquid pearls in cream to give a wonderful luster and texture to the chippies.

Pearled Chipboard Heart ~ I painted this Blue Fern heart like the other chipboard pieces, allowed to dry, then randomly placed self-adhesive Kaisercraft Bliss pearls on the chipboard using nearly the entire package of pearls. I just love how elegant and soft it looks paired with the bow and flower.

Heat Embossed Title ~ I stamped this mother image on a scrap of paper from the May ScrapThat! Kit with Donna Salazar Pewter Mix'd Media Inx, then sprinkled with Super Fine Detail silver embossing powder and heat set. I fussy cut around the edges.

Hand stitching ~ I pierced the holes around the edge of the card and hand stitched with two strands of Ecru embroidery floss.

I hope you've been inspired to grab some ribbon and create a project today. 

Don't forget, the RRR Red White and Blue Challenge is going on right now. Head on over to the RRR Blog for all the details and to link up your project.

Other Products Used:
ScrapThat May Kit ~ Prima Paper Envoy
Lasting Impressions ~ Oatmeal Plaid
Donna Salazar Mix'd Media Inx ~ Pewter
Ranger Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder ~ Silver
Ranger Alcohol Ink ~ Sandal
Viva Pearl Pen ~ Cream
DecoArt Acrylic ~ Light Antique White
7Gypsies Clear Stamps Ink-Family
Blue Fern Studios Chipboard ~ Flourish, Brigitte Butterfly Set
Prima Sherwood Rose Cottage #55271
Prima Serenade C #561444
Prima Lady Bird Collection #565480
DMC Embroidery Floss ~ Ecru
Beacon Fabri-Tac
Ranger Glossy Accents
Tombo Mono Liquid Glue
Darice Heat Tool
Tim Holtz Grid Blocks
Martha Stewart Mini Score Board
In Stitch'z Bazzill Mat and Piercing tool

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~


  1. Such a pretty card... fabulous idea to die the ribbon the color you need!! I love the heart with all the pearl dots!

  2. This is gorgeous!!! LOVING the ribbons you dyed and loveeeeeeeeee the pearls!!!

  3. Tracey this card is beautiful & I loved your tutorial - thank you! I have 3 out of 4 kids at home and the 3rd one goes off next year. We talk on Blackberry Messanger daily and still see each other during University breaks. I think these days technology makes the transition easier...

  4. Gorgeous card, Tracey! I don't use alcohol inks nearly enough so this is a fab idea for me! Re: the empty nest, I had such a hard time! Glad you have a positive attitude!

  5. gorgeous card, love the pearls!!!!

  6. What a gorgeous card Tracey. Love the textures and elements. And I love to buy white ribbons and even blooms so that I can create colours I want.

    P/s: It's time to live your own life again. Enjoy the new phase in life!

  7. I'd never thought of using alcohol inks...& I even have some...must put them to good use. Thanks for the hint!!! And I LOVE being an empty nester...more room to spread out....more freedom to do whatever you want...less cooking required & I can watch more TV programs that I like!!! No downside at all, as far as I can work out:):):)

  8. ....AND got carried away with the chat! Meant to say I really LOVE that heart with the pearls on it...you have such original ideas:):)!!!!!!

  9. Such a beautiful card! Congrats on the graduation. Have fun being an empty nester! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  10. Congratulations to your daughter and you for her accomplishments! There will definitely be some changes for you both, but your love for each other will carry you through!!!

  11. Lovely card Tracey, so is the heart with all the pearl drops on it, stunning finish to it :)

  12. What a stunning card, just gorgeous! Loving seeing the BFS chippies on there, too!

  13. Thank you for the tutorial~I've never done this, but it's nice to know how!
    Gorgeous card Tracey~lovely elegance, of course! I pray the Lord give me the same grace and peace when my girlies fly....you give me hope, friend! ;)

  14. Stunning card! Thanks for the ribbon dying tutorial!

  15. The card you made for your mother is very pretty....thanks for sharing your techniques. Wishing you the very best with the new season in your life.

    God bless xx


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