I have had a lot of requests for tips and advice on how to dye grosgrain ribbon. I thought what better way to help than a tutorial w/ pictures! So here we go!
- White Grosgrain Ribbon
- Re-inker in choice of color (here Bashful Blue)
- Water (I prefer to use a spray bottle to better control the amount needed)
- Small Container
- Paper Towel
- Hair Dryer (or a Heat Gun - if you're dyeing a small [say 6 inches] amount of ribbon you can use your Heat Gun to dry it - just make sure to hold the ribbon w/ tweezers so as not to burn your fingers!)
Cut desired length of ribbon (here approx. 2 yards) and wrap it around your fingers to make it easier to manage. Set aside.
Take small container and spray water into it. For this amount of ribbon I sprayed approx. 15 times. There's no set amount of water that you need - it's best to start w/ a small amount and add more as you need it.
Add several drops of re-inker. Again there is no set amount - I used less than 10 drops - and the mixture looks a lot darker than you would expect - which is fine b/c the ribbon won't be that dark.
It's best to put your gloves on for this step - this is where things get messy!
Place the ribbon in the container.
Using your fingers press the ribbon into the ink and water mix until it's fully saturated.
**If you find you didn't have enough water and ink (as in the ribbon absorbed it all and there's still a lot of white) pull the ribbon out - and add more water and re-inker. Then put the ribbon back in and again use your fingers to press it into the mix.
Take the ribbon out of the container and place it on the paper towel. The paper towel will immediately begin to absorb all the extra moisture from the ribbon.
Unravel the ribbon on the paper towel and press it between the fold to help soak up the extra moisture. Then use your hairdryer on a high heat setting to dry. I just hold the ribbon in my hand when drying it and keep the dryer moving constantly so as not to burn my hands. The ribbon only takes a minute or two to dry.
**I have heard of people sponging ink onto Grosgrain, or using a marker or running/pressing it on a Classic Ink Pad to dye ribbon. These methods all work but I've noticed that when I do it the ribbon "fades" not too long after wards. I've heard the reasoning behind the fading is b/c the ribbon didn't fully absorb the ink and then as it sat later it absorbed and as a result looked like it faded. Doing it this way and letting the ribbon soak in the mixture and then heat setting it w/ the dryer *seems* to prevent fading. I have cards that have sat out for over 6 months now that have dyed ribbon on them and they haven't faded a bit! This is my personal experience tho so I can't take the blame if your ribbon *does* fade! I'm sure exposure to sunlight - the temp. in your area and all that can be a factor.
Hopefully tho this will help you next time you need a ribbon in a color you don't have to match your project!
If you have any suggestions for future tutorials just e-mail me (or post them along w/ any questions in the comments section). This was fun and I'd like to do more!