I saw this tutorial a few months ago and wondered if I could use it for making personalized ribbon instead of twill tape for labels! So I decided to try it! I bought some satin ribbon as well as some grosgrain to try. And I also got some photo transfer paper.
so I used photoshop to create my pagefull of tabs. The first thing I did was to create guides on my page for every .375 inches (the width of the ribbon). Then I took my large Icon and resized it to .375 inches tall. Copy and paste a column, then to save time merge that column and copy and paste it over and over again.
Once the page was finished I merged the page then flipped the image! Then I printed it out following the instructions on the photo paper. Of course the instructions weren’t super clear. It said to print on the shiny side. So I did. Apparently they didn’t realize the backing was shiny when they printed the instructions! I totally printed it on the wrong side.
That wouldn’t have been a problem, just flip it and print on the other side, right? But I didn’t notice until AFTER I’d done the next step! After you print on the RIGHT side cut it into strips. Since I had already cut my strips I couldn’t print on the other side so I printed a new page and cut MORE rows!
This is the step when I realized my printing mistake. I cut off one small image to test it. And instead of sticking to the ribbon it stuck to my hot iron! NOT a good thing. So when I finally got it right and was read to go I ironed one icon onto each ribbon style. The satin ribbon worked well. But the grosgrain was terrible. So I used the rest of the strips on the roll of satin. I didn’t bother taking any backing off until I finished the whole roll.
My one transfer page filled an entire 18 feet, not bad, huh? Now I have personalized business ribbon to wrap around cellophane bags with cookies or cake pops! Endless possibilities, children’s names, events, personalizing a scrapbooking page, etc… I’d still like to find some twill to create labels for sewing/quiting projects as well as this ribbon!
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