Crinkled, dyed ribbon is very popular now. The vintage, distressed look enhances your cards and scrapbook pages and paper crafted projects. This crinkled ribbon can be expensive to purchase, but is very inexpensive and easy to make yourself.
This video by Lindsay, The Frugal Crafter shows how to make your own hand-dyed crinkled ribbon from rayon seam binding and dye based reinkers. Check it out here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3f6WcFAs3VM&feature=related .
Lindsay used liquid watercolor, and many of the other tutorials I've seen use glimmer Mist sprays. I make my own. I use the little mini misters from Ranger and fill them 3/4 with plain water.
Then just add a few (7 to 9) drops of refill ink. If you want shimmer, add a little Perfect Pearls (about 1/8 tsp), and mix well. Then just follow the directions in the video, and you have gorgeous, rich, crinkled ribbon!
I purchased a 100 foot roll of white rayon seam binding for just $7.95 at Zipperstop (click to bring you to the site).
And here is a card I made with my dyed, crinkled ribbon.
To make the ribbon flower, simply gather about 5" of the ribbon along one long edge with needle and thread, pull up to gather, then sew into flower shape. I used a permanent marker to dye a pearl for the center (and the button on the bow).
Have a wonderful evening, and stop back tomorrow to see the winner of my blog candy coffee cup challenge!