Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Paper Crafting With Rit Dye

Spray Mist dyes and templates are a huge paper craft trend right now. I thought I would try making my own. They turned out so great I’m going to share my technique with you.
Spritz bottle (I use mini bottles from Ranger)
Rit Dye Powder or Liquid
Page protector, projector sheet, or recycled plastic
Something to dye. Example: paper, shirt, apron
To make a template you need a sheet of plastic. I used a page protector. You could also use a projector sheet or recycle a piece of plastic from some packaging. There is many ways to make your template. You could trace a design onto the sheet, then cut it out. I used my Cricut Expression to cut out the butterfly shape. Punches or other shape cutting tools would also work.
To make the spray, mix hot water with the Rit dye. You can make it weak or strong as you like. Pour into spray bottle. Test colors on scratch paper and adjust color by adding more water or dye.

Next place your template onto your paper or cloth and spray. You can overlap the designs, add just one, or make a pattern. Be sure to cover your work area with newspaper or something to protect the surface. Use a paper towel to blot any excess dye. Let dry and that’s it! The possiblitys are endless. The Rit Dye web site has tons of great ideas to use the dye with paper. You can find it HERE.
Just a note: the handmade roses in the project picture will be available in my Shop soon.


Little Pink Studio said...

This is a fun idea Brandy, thanks for sharing! I wonder if you mixed a fine glitter in if it would give the same effect of glimmer mists?
Cerri xoxo

Elyse said...

super cool and it looks like lots of fun (for kids, too).

thanks, brandy!


Mollye said...

well now who knew? Pretty cool. Come enter my giveaway! Mollye

Cindy (JunqueArt) said...

Great idea!!! Thanks for sharing with us and i love the roses!

Abby said...

great your butterfly!

Susan said...

You amaze me!!!!

Alison Gibbs said...

Such a great idea, thanks for sharing it with us