February 16, 2014

Beautiful Ribbons ...

Hi Everybody,

As you know I love to add flowers, ribbons and pearls to my cards.  For me they really turn the card into something special.

This is a card I added a few days ago and I listed the dies used then ...  but the reason I am adding it again is because it was the one featured in a video tutorial.

It shows you how to change the color of ribbons and flowers to suit your design and it doesn't cost the earth to do it.

It also works on lace and pearls too.

All you need is an alcohol refill of your choice and a small spritzer bottle.

The  Isopropyl Alcohol is from the chemist shop and it cost me £11 but the bottle will last for ages and color many hundreds of items for me to add them to my cards

You may need to order it ... as I did ... but the chemist had it there the same day for me to collect.

The organza and satin ribbons that I use are from  Mei Flower   and just a plain white and I used Spectrum Noir refill  PP3 to change them into a beautiful delicate shade of pink.

So by making use of your refills you can always have ribbons to match your designs ... and it is always cheaper to buy white flowers, ribbons or lace and color them your self.

And if you don't have the refills then this  tip was left on YouTube and is an excellent alternative ...

 Tip from Sheila Hogg
If you don't have any re inkers, the inner of an old felt tip pen that no longer works can be used instead as there will be plenty of pigment to mix with the isopropyl. Use a pair of pliers to pull out the pen tip and crack the casing, pull out the tube inside and with the tip add to the isopropyl in the spray bottle and presto you have your own alcohol ink. Just top up with more isopropyl when needed, it will still yield more pigment.

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More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


  1. Morning Christine,
    This looks like an interesting thing to do. Love your card.

  2. Hi Christina,
    Such a pretty card and a great way to change the colour of various products. It's good to see how it's done showing it on video.
    Many thanks.

    Love Sheila xx

  3. I have become a follower of your blog, keep up the great job Christina!!

  4. Lovely card and a good tip on how to add custom made accessories to cards. Thank you. xxx

  5. Lovely card Christina! I've also used old eye shadows with isopropyl alcohol, which works. So does mica powder! We crafters are a thrifty lot!

  6. Oh wow thank you for the tutorial absolutely amazing and your card is stunning x

  7. Hi Christine,
    Yet another stunning card, so pretty.
    Thank you for sharing

  8. Great tip from your follower. I colour my ribbon with Promarkers if I dont have that ribbon in stock. xxx

  9. Thank you for the great tips. I had read, some time ago, how to make your own alcohol ink. Take new alcohol markers and use the inside to soak in the alcohol. I will try to find that tip to share, if I can.

  10. Good evening Christina,
    What a really delicate colour it turned out on the flowers and ribbon. I take it that the more ink you add the deeper the intensity of the colour? Anyway you have made yet again another beautiful card that any 21 year old girl would love to receive. Thank you for your hints and tips again and to your cameraman for his lovely shots.
    Love and crafty hugs
    Norah x

  11. Thanks for a really handy tip, it's great to know.

  12. Thank you. You made it look so easy, I'm going to have a go. Getting ribbon (and flowers) to match my projects can be a real headache, so this has helped no end.
    Take care. Love Jan x

  13. What a great idea Thanks Christine

    Alison M

  14. Great idea. Love your cards and that particular one is stunning!

  15. Hi Christina what an interesting video,never heard of the stuff you used.
    love all your videos.
    Marion H

  16. Stunning card and a great suggestion by Sheila Hogg.
    Thank you

  17. Oh my goodness! I LOVE this. I have litterally hundreds of flowers but they are rarely the right color. Not a problem anymore! Thank you, Christ


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