I’ve been missing the 1/4” Grosgrain Ribbon that retired several years ago because its width and texture made it great for bow-tying, knotting and just plain striping! I was really pleased when Stampin’ Up!® brought out the 1/4” Cotton Ribbon last year because the width fills in an essential size we card-makers need. It’s a great replacement for my Good, Trusty, Old 1/4” Grosgrain!
The photo shows a stack of four of the colors of the twelve that come in the 1/4” Cotton Ribbon. From the top of the stack to the bottom: Pool Party (134568), Blushing Bride (134558), Daffodil Delight (134559) and Pumpkin Pie (134565).
One thing I’ve noticed is the Cotton Ribbon really grabs onto color. The best dying technique is to really soak it in an alcohol-Classic Ink Refill mixture, then let it dry. For an interesting effect, mix alcohol and Ink Refills in Stampin’ Spritzers (126185), then spray the Whisper White (134567) or a light color of the 1/4” Cotton Ribbon. Whether you’re dying or spritzing, allow time to dry, then set the color again with a hot, dry iron.
The Cotton Ribbon has a smooth, silky feel, but the texture and “matte-ness” of the cotton makes it really easy to work with. It’s really wonderful for bow-tying, knotting, weaving and striping. You can tie a knot before you tie the bow if you like, but it’s not always necessary. The Cotton Ribbon also lies flat when you need it.
Remember, if you have a spool of the Whisper White 1/4” Cotton Ribbon, your favorite colors of Classic Ink Refill and a bottle of isopropyl alcohol, you are all set to coordinate your ribbon however you like. Another idea occurred to me while I was writing this: you can stamp on the ribbon and also make multi-colored effects with your Stampin’ Write Markers! Dip the ribbon in alcohol and blot it so it’s still damp, then stamp or color on it. Let dry and iron it before you use the ribbon.
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