Stampin' Up! Fresh Cuts

Today’s tutorial is another two-in-one: a gift card holder using Stampin’ Up!’s medium white envelopes (the ones that hold a standard sized card) and how to dye your white taffeta ribbon to ANY of Stampin’ Up! 48 colors or 6 "in colors".

The whole concept of the envelope gift card holder is not my idea – I’m really not sure whose it originally was.  I learned how to do it about 2 years ago at a team stamping event organized by my 2nd level upline Donna Henley.  As I was making it, yesterday afternoon, I stumbled upon another way of dyeing our ribbons to match ANY of our Stampin’ up! colors. 

Awhile back I had seen THIS tutorial by Amy Rysavy on dyeing our white grosgrain ribbon.  Now I must admit, while I thought it was a great idea, it seemed a bit too messy for me, plus I didn’t want to have to worry about drying time for the ribbon.  As I working on my tutorial project and lamenting about the fact that I wished we had more colors of taffeta ribbon available, it all of a sudden hit me……maybe there was another way……(you’ll have to read on to see what it is *hee, hee*).

I will tell you though, this method of dyeing your ribbon is less messy, has less of a drying time, dyes more evenly, and uses WAY less ink than dyeing with re-inkers!

Step 1:  Take one of Stampin’ Up!’s medium whisper white envelopes, fold in half and burnish the fold with a bone folder. Open up the envelope, cut straight along the center score line – the flap only! Seal the left hand flap down. TIP: a cheaper envelope bought at the office supply store just does not give the same finished look, because Stampin’ Up!’s envelopes have a square flap rather than the triangular one, which looks really odd with this gift card holder.

Step 2:  Decorate the inside of the envelope as desired.  Here I stamped the border from the Fresh Cuts stamp set in Rose Red ink along the top and bottom of the envelope, and stamped "for you", again from the Fresh Cuts set on the bottom edge of the right side flap.

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Step 3:  Dye Your Ribbon. Here’s the fun part.  Lay out a scratch piece of paper, cut a 20" piece of white taffeta ribbon & lay it flat on the scrap paper. Ink up your brayer in Rose Red Ink (or whatever ink coordinates with your project), and roll it over the ribbon.  Keep inking and rolling until you reach your desired depth of color.  I did this on both sides of the ribbon.  Once you’re happy with your color, take a tissue paper (i.e. Kleenex), pinch it around the ribbon, and "pull" your ribbon through.  Any excess ink will come off on the tissue.  I did this about 3-4 times and then my ribbon was "dry" and ready to use.  Although it sounds messy, it really wasn’t! 

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Step 4: Assemble your pieces – the envelope, your 20" piece of dyed ribbon, and a decorated CS front and back.  The Apricot Appeal pieces are 2-5/8" x 4 1/8". The white CS piece is 2 1/4" x 2 1/4" and the black is slightly smaller than 2 1/2" x 2 1/2".  I stamped the background from the Fresh Cuts stamp set in Basic Black ink onto the white and colored it in using a blender pen and Rose Red, Certainly Celery and Old Olive classic inks.stampin' up! fresh cuts

Step 5: Fold your ribbon in half around your folded envelope as shown (note the envelope opening is towards the right). Use a bit of Snail to hold the ribbon in place.

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Step 6: Attach your decorated front piece to the envelope "front".  Repeat step 5 and 6 for the back.

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Step 7:  This is what your envelope gift card holder looks like with your gift card tucked inside.

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Step 9: This is what it looks like all finished. Don’t you just love the look of the dyed ribbon?

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