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March 2013

Crinkle Ribbon Measuring Tape

today i want to share one of my new favorite already beloved dyed crinkle ribbon turned measuring tape...

the stamped crinkle ribbon is just the touch on this simple tag...i am loving the look!

i start by dying my ribbon as i do for just about every project i make...this dreamy white becomes any color i need...

for this project, i used tumbled glass, broken china, and vintage photo distress stains...

i start with the lightest blue, dabbing some stain onto my craft sheet and spritzing with water...then smoosh your ribbon into the 'dye'...add more stain or water as need to cover all of the ribbon...

next, use the darker blue...same technique here...add stain and water to mat then pick up it all up with your ribbon...don't worry about being even, it's actually better to have the uneven coloring...

i dry my ribbon with my heat tool at this point...i want to see the color and decide if it needs more of either blue stain...

now, vintage photo stain with a spritz of you want to use more water then stain...if you get too much stain or large puddles, sop some up with a towel...

dry again, add any colors you need to get the look you want...

this is the color combination that i used on my tattered floral canvas here...

and, of course, i HAVE to share the pink!

gorgeous...and a MUST if you are me...(i did end up adding more broken china to the blue, that's the can change the color at any point, i often add some color to a left over scrap of ribbon to match my next project)

now...for the stamping...i used the fabulous new ruler stamp from Tim Holtz for this...

frist, i tape a piece of sctap paper to my mat, just keeps everything cleaner for me...

then tape down your crinkle ribbon...i use tissue tape, cause i love it...use what you have and what works for you!


i ink the background stamp by tamping the pad onto the stamp vs the stamp onto the pad...i use archival ink in jet black here...

now, for the fun part...line up the stamp with the ribbon...i peek from the side as i stamp...

no need to get crazy with the pressure...stamp firmly and evenly as me...

one side for the other...

again, line it up with one of the rulers on the stamp...don't worry about matching numbers, or even straight lines...again, trust me! i color outside the lines...and, it's okay!

dry the ink with your heat tool right after stamping...that way there is no smearing or bleeding...

there you go...gorgeous, custom ribbon for your projects...

just love the vintage look of this...and, see? looks great even if it's not perfect!!

i hope you try this...i can't seem to stop making it...perhaps i need to move on to other stamps soon...ish




Winner Winner Winner

thank you all so very much for your amazing comments, I am so blessed!!!  i am humbled by your kindness!!


i loved reading all of your seems that the crinkle ribbon tape measure was a big hit! i think a tutorial is in order, don't you?  i'm on it!! 

now, on to the lucky winner of the generously offered Tattered Floral Die from Tim Holtz (thank you so much for that, Tim!!)...


Love all your vintage fabric and buttons!! You are incredibly talented, oh my gosh, I was smiling through the whole post.

Thanks for the chance to win the die!


Carmen L

Posted by: Carmen Lucero | March 21, 2013 at 07:48 PM

CONGRATULATIONS, CARMEN!!! email me your information and i will send out your die!!!


Sharing the Tattered Floral Love...a giveaway!

the ever fabulous Tim Holtz has a really great challenge on his blog this month...and if you are like me, and a bit of a 'late bloomer' have just a few days to get your entry in to win some amazing prize packages!

so, the challenge is simply to make something using the Tattered Floral Die...create layered flowers your way...head over to Tim's blog to see all the amazing entries and check out his cool tutorial on his layered flowers. the challenge ends on Friday, March 22 so hurry!!!

as for my take on the challenge...of course it had to involve some sort of vintage deliciousness!

I love how colorful this canvas turned certainly is one of a kind and cheered me right just makes me happy when I look at it!

my layered flowers were vintage patterns along with vintage fabric...i used a needle and embroidery floss to tie them together with vintage buttons...that's a lot of vintage, and what makes this so special to me...

taking this closer look shows the other 'layer' of my flowers...i cut out the largest flower from the same fabric and layered them on the background with multi me a great foundation to layer my other elements onto...

here is another look at the base flowers...I really like how they glued mind is reeling with possibilities for the rest of the canvases in this set of District Market pieces...

i had so much fun first dying the Crinkle Ribbon with Distress Stain then stamping the measuring tape background from the Artful Tools stamp the look of the custom ribbon... 

one last little close up of some details...mixing the old with the new...the fabricated with the real deal is so much fun...

now for the really great news...not only is Tim incredibly generous with his inspiration and creativity, but he has also given me a Tattered Floral Die to give away!!! 

so, leave a comment on this post and I will pick a winner on Sunday, March 24! Good Luck!