Thursday, April 4, 2013

Think Spring -- with kites and pastel colors

Happy Thursday, everyone!  Spring is not coming early here in Wisconsin.  It was 18 degrees this morning, soaring all the way to 33 degrees by late afternoon, with a stiff NW wind.  I'm finding spring inspiration other ways, like by crafting spring themed projects!

I made this bag for the pastel colors and ribbon challenge at 3 Girl Jam.  You can find it on their challenge blog today here.  I used one of the great Stateline bags available in the 3 Girl Jam store.  It also features 3 Girl Jam crinkle ribbon in Goblin Green from the Spooky bundle.
I wanted the bag to look pastel colored, so I dyed it pink.  Here's a short tutorial on how I did it. 
First, I gathered my supplies.  I used a Ziploc bag, a re-inker (in this case, it was a Close To My Heart cranberry re-inker, but any will do), rubber gloves if you don't want your hands turning colors, & cold water).

Then, I added a few drops of re-inker to the water in the Ziploc bag.
The amount of drops you add will effect how bright the bag becomes.  I added about 5 drops because I wanted a pastel look.
Then, add the bag to the colored water.
Swish it around with your hand (or gloved hand).
If the bag is brighter than you like, you can rinse it with cold water early on in the process.  Once it starts to dry, though, the color won't come out.
Then, let the bag air dry.  I leave it overnight.
And, here's a closeup of the stamped image.  It is a Unity stamp from the March Kit of the Month.  I love kites -- they take me back to childhood and spring.  I colored this one with Copic markers.

This muslin bag from Stateline is the perfect size for a gift card. I'm using it to hold a gift certificate for her birthday present.
Please join the pastel colors and ribbon challenge on the 3 Girl Jam challenge blog by linking up with us.  Or, I'm making it really easy on you and you can just link up below.  There's great prizes to be had.  See the post on today's challenge blog for details.

1 comment:

  1. Cute bag, Julie!!! Always wanted to try this, you make it look so easy! Thanks.