Today I wanted to share a quick tutorial with you for a little discovery I made recently when I was making the tag for the Embossing Powder Resist tag.
While I had the embossing powder out, I wondered what would happen if I added embossing powder to my crinkled ribbon for the tag. I thought that I would maybe get some glossy spots on the ribbon, but I didn’t. It turns out that the embossing powder will melt into the grain of the ribbon and not really sit on top of it like a finish. The cool result though is that because it soaks in, it stiffens the ribbon and freezes in the crinkles. It wasn’t what I was going for, but the result is pretty cool. Here is how I did it…
Begin by applying ink to a piece of crinkle ribbon. You can apply either Distress Stains or Distress Inks. In this example, ink was simply applied to the ribbon by rubbing it onto the surface of both sides of the ribbon using an ink blending tool. Different colors were applied to coordinate with the colors used in the tag.
Mist the ribbon with water. Spray just a few sprays at a time to allow the color to blend. The more water added, the more blending occurs. Misting a few sprays at a time will help you to control the blending and stop it when you are happy with the look.
Wad the ribbon into a ball in a dry cloth to wring out some of the moisture.
To add darker accents on the creases and wrinkles, stamp over the crinkled ribbon with a darker color using an ink blending tool.
Use a heat tool to dry the ribbon.
Tap Distress Embossing Ink onto the wrinkled ribbon. Turn the ribbon over to ink both sides. The wrinkles and folds will keep some areas for being covered in ink.
Cover the ribbon with clear embossing powder. The powder will stick to the areas with the embossing ink on them.
Heat the ribbon to melt the powder. You may need to use a wooden skewer or some other tool to help hold the ribbon in place as it is heated. Because it is dry, it will want to move around on your craft sheet.
Once the ribbon is dry, you will have areas where the powder deepened the color and other areas where the ribbon is very sheer looking, almost transparent. It will be stiff, but still very workable for tying into bows or onto tags.
The stiffened ribbon might not be right for every project, especially one where you want the ribbon to be soft to the touch. But for a project where you want deep crinkles and for the ribbon to keep its shape despite handling, this technique might be a perfect solution. Go ahead and try it, it is easy and definitely very unique!