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Tissue Paper Dyed Ribbon Tutorial

Hi all, hope you had a wonderful weekend. I’m back in the studio after a much needed get away with my Love to New Orleans. We ate, walked, sweated in the humidity, ate, saw alligators, toured the swaps and the city and oh yeah… ate some more! It was a wonderful trip but I came back itching to get in my studio and push some paint around.

As I was making some art tags I noticed that my hand dyed ribbon stash was in need of replenishing so I decided to whip up a few batches. I like to use sari ribbon a lot, but dyeing my own ribbon gives me a greater variety of color. You may recall that I previously shared my technique for creating hand dyed ribbon with Dylusions Sprays. You can find that post HERE.

Today I’m going to show you another technique for dyeing your own ribbon. This one uses bleeding tissue paper. This method produces a more subtly dyed ribbon than using Dylusions, but it’s nice to have that variety in my ribbon stash.

You’ll need:


  • Bleeding Tissue paper. I used Spectra because it bleeds beautifully. Not all tissue bleeds.

I also recommend working on a Craft Sheet for 2 reasons. It helps keep your tissue wet and it protects your work area from becoming stained. Also, if inky fingers are a problem, you might want to wear gloves..

Tear your tissue paper into pieces. You’re welcome to cut it with scissors, but I like the effect that the randomly shaped/sized pieces create.

Cut your seam binding to the desired length and lay it out on your craft sheet. try to keep the strands separate so that more surface area comes in contact with the bleeding tissue.

Spray liberally with water.

Arrange the torn pieces of tissue on top of the wet seam binding. Spray again with water to help the transfer of color. How long you leave your tissue on is a matter of personal preference. I tend to spray it, let the colors bleed for about 10 mins, scrunch it with my fingers, move the tissue around, spray it again, and let it sit another 10 minutes or so.

When you take your tissue pieces off, you’ll find that the dye in it has transferred to your seem binding, leaving its yummy color behind.


Whimsy Tip:

The wet tissue that you just removed still has color that can be utilized. Below I used it to add some background color in one of my mini art journals.


Ok now it’s time to dry our dyed ribbon. Hit it with your heat gun. I’m using a Wagner HT, which I love.

This is also a good time to scrunch up your still wet ribbon as it dries, if you’d like a crinkled effect. Just be careful not to burn yourself with the heat of the gun! You’ll see that as the ribbon begins to dry, your colors will become more vivid.

Once your ribbon is dry, it’s ready to be used on your art tags, in your art journal or in any number of mixed media projects. Just keep in mind that if it becomes wet, the color may transfer to other surfaces. If that’s not something you want, be careful not to allow it to come in contact with anything wet.

Have fun, mix and match colors, see what works for you.

Thanks for reading. I wish you a wonderful week full of color!








Making Shrink Plastic Gift Embellishments

With Christmas just a few short days away, it’s time to get those gifts wrapped!

This year I really wanted to make it a “handcrafted holidays” as much as possible, so it seemed only fitting that I create my own wrapping paper design and gift embellishments as well. I know that this is a busy time of year for many people, but I wanted to take a few minutes and share a quick post with my lovely followers on how you can create your own pretties to tie onto gifts and platters of baked goodies.

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The other day I shared a holly leaf stamp that I carved, that’s what I’ll be using today. You can use any of your favorite stamps. keep in mind that this doesn’t have to just be for Christmas. You can just as easily create pretty gift embellishments for any occasion using your different stamps.

2014-12-13 08.48.482014-12-20 21.51.14You can buy different types of shrink plastic, both in the stores and online, so find whichever works best for you. I purchased mine at my local craft store.

Using StazOn ink I stamped the holly all over the rough side of the shrink plastic then used some Dina Wakley acrylic in Ruby and an eraser to stamp the berries.

Allow the paint to dry. You may be tempted to speed up the  drying by using your heat tool. I don’t recommend that as you can inadvertently start to shrink your plastic.


2014-12-20 22.13.53Once the paint is dry, trim around your stamped images with scissors, making sure to leave enough room to punch a hole so you can thread some ribbon through.

Be sure to follow the instructions for the shrink plastic that you buy, mine said to pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and bake for approx 1 minute, but I found that I only needed to bake them for about 35 seconds.

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You’ll see them curl up as they shrink, then flatten out. When they flatten is when you want to pull them out with a non-stick spatula and if they need it, give them a light pressing, using a smooth book or the back of a notepad, to flatten then out.

You’ll find that the colors are much more vivid now and that your plastic has thickened considerably. Your embellishments will cool in a few seconds, but as always, be careful when handling hot plastic,

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Thanks for reading & Happy Holidays!


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