Pull out as much binding as you think you are going to need/want in that particular color. Here I pulled out about 3 yards. Just start spritzing the binding and scrunching with your hands as you go.
Here it is after. I wouldn’t recommend getting it too wet at first. I have seen some crafters make theirs where you could ring them out and get a cup full of water. I prefer it a little drier, just barely damp. When you use Glimmer Mist, it’s wet anyway so it gets kind of messy and hard to get gradient colors if everything is soaking. Make sense? Hope I am explaining that right. 😀
Another reason I like my binding a little drier is when using Distress Inks, I can get better control of blending the colors. The first color I used for this tut is Broken China. Just keep daubing the whole pad and tossing till you get the color you want.
Then I used Faded Jeans. Use the same method of daubing and tossing until you get the desired color and effect you need for your project. Something to note: when you are inking, the colors are going to be darker than the finished product. So don’t worry about over coloring.
When I got the color I wanted, I spritzed it lightly again and scrunched. This is the reason I keep it drier when using Distress Inks. They are made to blend wonderfully with water. So I get the effects I want with the second spritz. So pretty!
Now take your finished ribbon and manhandle it into a ball. Do not make it a smooth ball. The idea is to keep it smooshed.
The drying part can be done in several ways. You can just leave the ball alone till it’s dry or use your embossing tool. See mine? It’s an industrial strength one I bought at The Home Depot. Can you guess why I love it? Aside from the fact that it has my last name. No losing this baby at crops, huh? It drys and embosses so lightening fast! I mean, move your fingers as they are about to melt fast.
Disclaimer: It’s probably not real craft friendly, get one at your own risk. ^__^
Now the problem with being impatient like me is, when you use the dryer method the heat straightens your new ribbon a bit. You know like when you are too lazy to iron your pants so you just throw them in the dryer? Ya, like that. I just happen to like mine super duper crinkly so I usually leave it alone for a few days. You may like yours a little less wrinkly but for the purpose of this tutorial I needed it dry fast.
Here are ones I made previously. As you can see, they are really wrinkly if left to dry naturally compared to the blue I just used the dryer on. I made a few with Distress Inks and some my homemade Glimmer Mists.
OK, let’s do some really bad math. I paid $21.35 for two rolls with shipping. ($7.50 a piece last August, they have since gone up in price to $9.50 at ZipperStop) You get 100 yards in a roll. The cheapest I could find for sale already finished was $2.80 on Etsy for 3 yards. That’s .93 a yard, mine are .11 a yard if you use inks you have laying around. Savings bonanza! And with a 100 yard roll, you have a whole bunch of colors to play with. Use the ribbon straight or crinkly. Your choice.
Hope you enjoyed another one of my crafty money savers. Keep checking back to see what other dollar saving ideas I can find for you. Have a great day and happy crafting!
water in spritzer bottle
any kind of dye ink
I’m starting a love hate relationship with you…. I LOVE these ideas, I hate that I’m never going to get any crafting done either because I’ll be too busy playing and making the things from your tutorials hehehe Oh well either way it’s crafty therapy 🙂
Hehehe, glad I could be of some service to you, Candi.
This is also why I never get any crafting done. LOL
Bee Burg says
You know the 1st times I saw crinkly ribbon I hated it, I thought it looked unkept and messy… but it’s starting to grow on me… 😉 By the time I give in the fad will be over though!… LOL 😉
I think it can look that way. Especially the way I like it, super wrinkly. I have seen it on a lot of projects and it just looks so vintage and girly. I love it even though I don’t use it often.
I make my own too:-) I love to use alchohol inks to color mine as well as smooch spritz. I will have to give your technique a try. I let mine dry near my heater and it takes less than half a day to dry. Thanks for the great tut!
Isn’t it fun to make your own?!? Great ideas about the alcohol inks and Smooch Spritz. If I wasn’t so cheap I would probably buy and use those too. 😉
Bee's hive says
you impress me…you just impress me!
You’re too sweet, Bee.
this is awesome! Thanks for sharing your picture tutorial!!
Ceci V. says
Cool tutorial! I keep trying to make my own too but I am so cheap that I hate paying for shipping but I looked for Hug Snug locally and I can’t find it, the only place I have not looked at is Hobby Lobby, I hope I have luck and find Hug Snug there.
BTW, I used to have that “embossing” tool and burned my paper lol and then left it cooling off when my DH burned his belly when he was trying to reach for the AC plug lol. Of course we sent it back to the store because we have small children sharing the crafting area with me, lol.
I so need to try this!! I like the cool texture and so cheap to make!! Great idea!!
@Trish, it is so easy and fun to do. Let me know if you try it!
@Ceci, I hope your hubby is OK. He might just tell you your hobby is too dangerous! I hung it up on my peg board one time too early and the tip of the barrel burned through the cord. hehe
Thienly Azim says
Oooh, I love crinkle ribbons! Thanks for sharing your wonderful tutorial with us! Me gotta try!
theresa calderini says
Wonderful tutorial on doing this with distressing inks! I’m going to give it a try!! btw…I found you on Pinterest!
Rebecca Wagner says
Thanks Thienly and Theresa! Gotta love Pinterest.
Gail Scott says
Just got into crinkle ribbon and love it – found our tutorial when searching for Crinkle Ribbon to purchased – ordered some to color and ordered a color BLACK which I use a lot – looking forward to trying your tutorial when my ribbon arrives – I did not think $3.99 shipping was bad since most shipping is around $7 – which I feel is outrages! Thanks for the tutorial! Have a blessed week!