May Arts and Basically Bare: to DYE for


Welcome to the first day of the Basically Bare/Art Anthology/May Arts Ribbon Project Inspiration Blog Hop.  We’ve joined forces this week to offer you lots of inspiration using products from Basically Bare, Art Anthology and May Arts Ribbon.


All gifts worth giving are wrapped in pretty papers and ribbons with love.  I decided to take this one step further and make the mini album the gift and wrappings all in one.  What better way to do this than to cover a Krafty Keepsakes mini album from Basically Bare with beautiful ribbons from May Arts .   I used a couple of great products from Art Anthology to die one of the May Arts silk ribbons to match and stitch it into a flower for the front of the album.


I ran the strips of Ombre  ribbon for the cover through a Xyron machine.  Liquid glues can seep through ribbon and stain.  When I removed the Xyron backing, I scrunched the ribbon as I attached it creating a ruching effect. I brayered the ribbon to make sure the adhesive was secure.


I have long been a fan of French dyed silk ribbons but can not always get it in the colors I want.  I learned a simple way to make my own and May Arts silk ribbons in several widths are wonderful for this.

First, I mixed one part Art Anthology Velvet Dimensional Paint in Fiji to 3 or 4 parts water.  The more water, the paler the color.


Then, using a medium width flat paint brush, I drew the color down one side of the ribbon allowing it to bleed .  If the color was too intense, I simply misted the ribbon to dilute the color even more.


This color was a bit too green for my taste so I misted until it I got a more blue shade.  Once this is dry, I colored the other side of the ribbon using Art Anthology’s Dimensional Crystal in Amethyst.  I mixed this on a craft mat using a misting with water until I obtained the consistency and hue I desired.


I painted this color onto the other half of the ribbon, using the mister to bleed the colors into one another.


When the ribbon was once again dry, I gathered one edge into a running thread and pulled to form a flower.



I added the lovely leaf ribbon and the gold scroll trim plus a heart off a vintage broach I found at a flea market.  My gift is wrapped and ready to give thanks to Basically Bare, Art Anthology and May Arts.

Check back with us every day this week for more inspirational projects.  We have a $25 Basically Bare Prize Pack to give away to one of our lucky commenters!  Make sure you also stop and visit our friends over at Art Anthology for a chance to win a $25 Prize Pack & May Arts for a chance to win a Roll of Ribbon!  And don’t forget to tell them Basically Bare sent you!


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22 thoughts on “May Arts and Basically Bare: to DYE for

  1. kath White

    I have often wondered how to use these types of dyes. You have inspired me to give them a try! Thank you. Love your project!

  2. marylouh

    Thanks for the tips on painting the ribbon. The album is beautiful and will make a great gift for some lucky person.

  3. Denise Bryant

    Love all that texture on your beautiful album cover! I am new here and happy to find your blog through the May Arts blog! Looks like I’m in for viewing some great projects this week!

  4. TracyM #6773

    WOW wow WOW
    BEAUTIFUL mini!!!
    LOVE how you have incorporated your CLEVER gift wrapping – using the Xyron to scrunch layers of ribbons to cover it creates FABULOUS texture & dimension!!!
    LOVE how you coloured the ribbon and created your flower too – WOW – what FUN and an AWESOME way to have the PERFECT colours for every project too!!!
    LOVE IT ALL!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION :)


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