Monday, April 18, 2016

Tips for Distressing Ribbon and a Mother's Day card

Happy Monday, everyone!

With Mother's Day right around the corner, I knew I needed to get a card made for my Mother-in-Law so I could get it in the mail soon along with her gift. I turned to the current Monthly Ribbon Club Assortment for my inspiration.

The turquoise gingham in the kit is one of my very faves! I knew I needed to use it on my Mother's Day card, without a doubt!  I'm also addicted to every color of the seam binding, so I use it on almost every project I make it seems.

My card took on a shabby/vintage flair, so my ribbons needed to follow suit.  One of the things I love about almost every ribbon at RRR is how easy it is to distress them.

The turquoise gingham was run through kraft ink to give it a county/shabby feel.  You could also use a kraft marker to achieve the same effect.

The forsythia seam binding was slightly dampened.  While wet, I added small amounts of two different shades of ink to my hands and crumpled it all up into a small ball. I kept rolling and rolling the seam binding into a ball, similar to what you would do with clay or play dough until I had achieved the desired effect - lots of wrinkles and different shades.  Unravel and it's ready to use!  If the seam binding is still damp, just let it air dry or hit it very fast with a heat gun.

The mulberry flowers are just as easy to distress.  The turquoise chrysanthemum was a bit bright, so I added a wash of kraft ink with a watercolor brush.  I used the same technique to change the color of the white one, too.  Easy peasy!  Pale yellow open roses and a mini sweetheart blossom were added to the floral bouquet.

Natural burlap string is tied through the large vintage button.

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