Save Money Create Custom Ribbon

Save Money Create Custom Ribbon is what we have for you today. Do you ever want to have a specific color of ribbon for a project and don’t know what to do? NOW you have your answer! It is super easy and you can do multiple ribbons at a time so you can have some on hand!

Supplies Needed for the Save Money Create Custom Ribbon Project

Adirondack Ink

Protected Work Surface

Rubber Bands

Rayon Ribbon

Alcohol and Paper Towels or the like for clean up

This is just one example of what you can create with the Save Money Create Custom Ribbon Project!

Are you ready to get creative? LET’S GET STARTED!

Take your ribbon and fold it in whatever way you wish. I folded mine back and forth over itself so i had a stack of ribbon approximately 3 inches wide. Depending on how you fold it will depend on how the color creation turns out on your Save Money Create Custom Ribbon Project.

Take your rubber band and wrap it around your ribbon. Remember any place your rubber band is will have little or no color.

This is a close up of what I did when I wrapped my rubber bands around the ribbon.

Start your Save Money Create Custom Ribbon Project by adding the first color to your ribbon. I used aqua for my first color.

Here I added my second color Red Pepper.

For my third color, I added Sandal.

If you have any mess at any time while you are creating your Save Money Create Custom Ribbon Project, don’t forget your alcohol!

The alcohol takes any of your ink mess away in seconds!

Now we are going to re-create this beautiful custom ribbon for our Save Money Create Custom Ribbon Project.

The three inks I used to create this ribbon were the raspberry, wild plum and purple twilight Tim Holtz Adirondack ink.

Add the ink in various places to create your design.

The more you add the darker or more colorful your Save Money Create Custom Ribbon Project will be.

Once you have finished adding the ink, you will want to set it aside to dry. As you can see, the newly inked ribbon on the left is darker than the dried one on the right. Once it dries, the colors will be similar to the right side.

This is what it looks like when it has dried and comparing both the dried one and the newly inked one after 10 or so minutes. Crazy how just a little drying time changes it, right?

Here I had created ribbon using military colors. I went a little bit darker than I would have liked but it still came out pretty cool. What do you think?

When I moved the ribbon, I saw this beautiful color! What a perfect time to grab another piece of ribbon and take advantage of the situation and create more!

The ink on the table just screamed to me that it needed ribbon to clean it up!

I also added some additional color to make the ribbon a little less dark for my military creation. I love the colors!

Here the rubber band ribbon creation has had a little time to dry. I am going to take out the rubber band.

This is what it looked like once I took off the rubber band.

Here are the various color creations I made for the Save Money Create Custom Ribbon Project! The possibilities are endless!

Now, for the GIVEAWAY!

 This week we are giving away a double embossing folder set from Tim Holtz!

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

A public follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! Winners will be announced next week on our Mondays with Melissa blog post!

If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: Be sure you are subscribed with matching names. If I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the email list and the YouTube Channel, you will miss your chance to win a prize. If I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber (if your profile doesn’t show publicly who you subscribe to) and I can’t confirm you have subscribed to both, I won’t be able to enter you in for the prize. **DO NOT COMMENT WITH YOUR ENTIRE EMAIL ADDY. Only give me the first 6 NOT INCLUDING YOUR HOST. Just enough for me to match your name will work perfectly


Now, for the last weeks GIVEAWAY the  A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Sentiments 2 !

The winner is Robyn T!

Robyn, please send me your contact information via contact page on our website, which post you are a winner from and I will get your certificate prize out to you! Thank you so much for being a YouTube follower and subscribing to our mailing list/blog posts!

 We hope you enjoyed our Marbleize Paper using Shaving Cream Project! Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.  



15 replies
  1. Susan Ackerman
    Susan Ackerman says:

    Hi Melissa,
    This was great fun. I am going to go out and buy this ink and start a project. I was wondering what happens if these get wet, does the ink come off? I was thinking of getting a wider ribbon and making bows for my Granddaughter. Thank you for sharing all of you creative ideas

  2. Robyn
    Robyn says:

    Hi Melissa😀 Sorry I’m watching so late. I’m SO excited that I WON?!?!?! Thank You so much!! You are so generous. I LOVE this create your own ribbon. What a fabulous idea. I heard you say rayon ribbon? Are there other kinds of white ribbon you can do this on? The purple/pink one is my fav,it’s so fancy!! I also really enjoyed how the camo one came out, the one u made “by accident” or not planned. I love when that happens 😀 Beautiful pink fingers by the way lol
    Take care and I can’t wait to catch up on the next video I missed. As always, I thank u for sharing. Take care

    • A Creative Journey with Melissa
      A Creative Journey with Melissa says:

      Hi Robyn, Yes there are a number of different types of ribbon. Anywhere from cotton, polyester, canvas, and more. I am not sure how others would work as it depends on the characteristics of the ink and material blending… some would work great and others may not. I’m gonna have to try some others lol!!

  3. Becca Yahrling
    Becca Yahrling says:

    What messy fun! I love that you won’t really know how it turns out when you use a rubber band.
    The element of surprise is always a treat. Thanks for the tutorial. 🙂

  4. Carey Nusbaum
    Carey Nusbaum says:

    Great tutorial! I have seen another tutorial similar to yours, but have yet to dye my own ribbon. I will have to give it a try, but I do like to buy ribbon! Lol!

  5. Janis in ID
    Janis in ID says:

    I’ve never tried this before but it looks so fun!!! Messy and inky….what’s not to love? Ha. Thank you for another wonderful tutorial and a chance to win some fab embossing folders. LOVE those! I follow you here and at YouTube! Yay!!!!
    <3 J


  6. Denise Bryant
    Denise Bryant says:

    This looks kind of messy and fun! 🙂 Love the colors! I have done this before with my reinkers and some silk ribbon. Thanks for the tip about the rubbing alcohol!
    I am a follower here ( email is deniseb….) and on YouTube also! Thanks for the chance to win the embossing folders! Love them!

  7. Dee Earnshaw
    Dee Earnshaw says:

    Oooh this like so much fun, Melissa. I have often wanted to use ribbon on my projects, but didn’t have the right colors! This is perfect way of creating a coordinated look to my cards:)

  8. Sharon Gullikson
    Sharon Gullikson says:

    I have seen Tim Holtz color his ribbon in this way, but he didn’t add alcohol. I might have to pick up some Adirondack inks and try this. I love the idea of coordinating my ribbons with my projects exactly. Thank you for the idea. 🙂


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