Dual Colored Pastel Ribbon

by Amy Rysavy

Transform plain white ribbon with pastels.


  • White grosgrain ribbon

  • Pastels

  • Sponge daubers

  • Acrylic sealer  [buy it]


  1. Step 1

    Cut desired length of ribbon. 18" is manageable, as this can get messy.

    Use firm pressure to apply pastel with a sponge dauber.

    Go back and forth until you achieve the color you want.

  2. Step 2

    Flip the ribbon over and apply a different color of pastel with another sponge dauber.

  3. Step 3

    Once both sides of the ribbon are covered evenly, brush off any excess pastel powder with a large brush or a paper towel.

    Place the ribbon on scrap paper or cardboard and spray lightly with acrylic sealer.

    Use acrylic sealer in a well-ventilated area or outside as the fumes from the sealer are very strong.

  4. Step 4

    Once the ribbon is dry (a few seconds should be enough), flip the ribbon over and spray again.

  5. Step 5

    Finished ribbon.

  6. Step 6

    Finished project.

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Thanks for the tip on coloring ribbon and use of chalks.
JO Anne Gerard  |  Fri Jan 18, 2008 at 5:39 PM
That is really cool. Going to try it.
Tamara  |  Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 7:11 PM
Love this idea so you always have ribbon that matches the card without having to buy lots of ribbon
Johanna Christensen  |  Wed May 7, 2008 at 8:05 AM
This is such a great idea! I love the dual colored ribbon thing. Also, I must say it's so cool to see the great Saskatchewan on SCS. I'm from there originally. Happy stampin' and TFS.
Karla Reader  |  Mon Jul 21, 2008 at 8:34 PM
This is a great idea. I never would have thought to use the pastels. I have used ink before.. I have to try this way now. I have tons of white ribbon.. Now I can color it to match my cardstock
Jeannette Dailey  |  Sun Nov 30, 2008 at 1:45 PM
i really like this idea but won't the acrylic spray make your ribbon stiff? i know it says lightly spray but still pastels are chalky and you want enough spray to seal it in so you don't get smudges on your cards... i'll have to play with this! seems versatile. TFS and love your card!
Cory  |  Fri Mar 13, 2009 at 8:28 AM
what a great idea, i sure wish i had this about a month ago.
Dorothy Long  |  Wed Jul 29, 2009 at 12:41 PM

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