Sunday, January 24, 2010

DIY-crushed velvet ribbon

I'm working on some Valentines today, I have a vintage image all picked out and was on the hunt for embellishments. I picked up this velvet ribbon a few times but kept putting it back because it looked too new. I didn't have any crushed velvet ribbon in pink but then wondered if I could make my own. Along with the ribbon I grabbed a water mister and a pink distress ink pad then headed off to the ironing board.

I tied knots in the velvet ribbon then misted and ironed over all the knots.
I liked the look but wanted to get more texture.
I knotted again (in between the previous knots) dabbed with the distress ink, misted and pressed again with the iron.
The ink added some color and a more aged look.

It still doesn't match exactly what I had in my head ....if anyone has better directions for creating crushed velvet ribbon can you share? I'd love to try it.

Angie

8 comments:

LuLu Kellogg said...

Angie, I really love the way the ribbon turned out. You did a great job!
I am going to try this too!

LuLu~*xoxo

Gail said...

Even if it didn't match what you had in your head it turned out very shabby and aged looking so to me it was a success! Thanks for stopping by the blog, glad you enjoyed the chair makeover. It was fun. :-)
Cheers
Gail

Christine Edwards said...

I think you're ribbon turned out pretty good. I don't know if it would make it appear more "crushed" if the ribbon was really wet rather than just misted. Looking very good!

MisfitGirl said...

Lovely results! You can also try using the mister with blending solution and the alcohol inks, spritz and smush (technical word) it into a ball to create some crinkles.

CosmoGirl Carla said...

Hey Angie! I think the ribbon came out great. I kept raking my brain of what else you could do to "age" the ribbon. I'm thinking like Christine . . . totally wetting the ribbon then crushing and adding ink.

Can't wait to see the finished project!

Linda K. said...

Neat idea! Very pretty ribbon!

Linda

Stephanie said...

very cool idea...thank you for your visit!

Dorthe said...

Angie, have to tell you, taht I love how it turned out, and will try myself.Thanks for the great idea,
xo Dorthe