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I love the distressed and shabby chic styles and often incorporate these into my papercraft projects and as such I love the Tim Holtz range of products which are aimed at precisely at these styles and includes a range or inks, stains, embellishments, altered art to decorate and more.
The Tim Holtz Trimmings are a pack of ribbons with a distressed, shabby chic finish. They really are beautiful and can be dyed to change their colour so that they fully colour match your projects.
These ribbons are widely available from craft shops and online and cost around £6. Each pack contains 3 different ribbons, one with small flowers, one plain and smooth, and one with a crinkly effect. Each ribbon is 36 inches long.
These ribbons are so versatile and be dyed to match your projects with Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Stains. You could probably use other inks as well but I have not tried as I have a rather large collection of Tim Holtz Distress Inks.
To ink I simply cut the desired length of ribbon and on an old piece of paper or card swipe the ink pad over the ribbon either lightly to add just a hint of colour of more heavily to fully change the colour. If you wish to fully change the colour I find it works best if the ribbon is slightly damp as it absorbs the colour better. If using stains you would do in the same way but as the ink is wetter you would not need to wet the ribbon first.
I find that the crinkly ribbon look particularly nice is you just wipely swipe an ink pad over it to add just a hint of colour to the raised areas.
These ribbons really suit shabby chic and distressed papercraft projects and co-ordinate well with other products in the Tim Holtz range. I love to use these ribbons on tags or to create borders and add both detail and texture.
The main downsides to these beautiful ribbons is firstly the cost it is very expensive for what it is compared to other packs of ribbon and indeed other ribbons that could be dyed such as plain organza which costs around 20p per metre depending on width.
The second downside is that these ribbons are quite prone to fraying, I have tended to either incorporate this into my design, if shabby chic or distressed or to use a small amount of Glossy Accents to try and prevent fraying. Cutting the ends of the ribbon at an angle also helps.
These are beautiful ribbons which are so versatile and can be used to create a range of stunning effects and look fabulous on both cards and scrapbook pages as well as altered art. However as they are quite expensive I do tend to save them for special projects and substitute with plain organza when I want to change the colour of ribbon. If these were cheaper I would most definitely buy and use these far more frequently.
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