Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Tsukineko Memento Luxe Ink & Crinkle (Seam Binding) Ribbon

I had planned on playing with the Memento Luxe ink on fabrics today but Amanda, Jennie and a couple other ladies asked about using it to make Crinkle Ribbon (Seam Binding) so I thought I'd give it a whirl.

WELL, this ink works perfectly on seam binding.  I tried a few different looks and they all turned out great.  Here's what I did....

For the first batch I wanted it as dark as I could get it so I held the ribbon down on the pad with one hand and pulled it between the ribbon/finger with my other hand.  The ink is so creamy it coated the ribbon almost completely the first time.  I did have to move the ribbon around a few times and pull a couple spots through twice but it covered completely. 

When the ribbon dried it wasn't stiff at all and it's color held up exactly like what it looks like on the pad.  NOTE: You can see the white tail end of the ribbon that I used to pull the ribbon over the ink. 

For the next length of ribbon I wadded the ribbon up and pounced it over the pad turning the wad of ribbon several times.  I love the look, it's got a denim feel to it I think.  Again, wet or dry the color looked great.

For my third try I wadded the ribbon up, and inked it a bit the squirted it with water and crinkled it up good.  I was amazed at how by adding a bit of water the entire ribbon was colored very evenly.  It's a bit lighter in color than straight ink but that's to be expected since I diluted it with the water. 
Again, after it was dry, the ink held it's color and wasn't stiff at all. 

I thought I might be done at that point but I had LOTS of ink on my fingers (yes, that helps to make it a great day!) so I figured I'd try one more piece of ribbon.

This time I didn't add any extra ink, I just held the ribbon wadded up in my hand, squirted some water onto my fingers and began using it like a wash cloth to wipe away the ink off my fingers.  I was shocked to see how much ink was actually picked up by the ribbon and how beautiful it turned out.  

Now I like blue and I think the first three examples are great but I LOVE this's got a soft romantic feel to it...  and to think it was just the left over ink from the first three experiments!

Here are all the inks together so you can compare them for yourself.

I'd say if you were going to be making some ribbon this is a super ink to use.
The inks offer up great color, doesn't turn funny colors in water and leaves the ribbon just as soft as it was without the inks.

Which is your favorite?


  1. My vote goes to the 4th version. Thanks for this great demo.

  2. Oooh, first of all I love blue and I also love the idea of custom coloring seam binding and ribbon! My favorites are #1 and #4. Two very different looks, but both really great.

  3. Love the fourth one - it looks vintage but fresh at the same time :)

  4. Thanks so much! I absolutely love the concentration of color for all 4.

  5. Thanks so much for doing this. I love #1 & the one you washed off your hand with. So pretty and soft. Now I have to go and find the Luxe ink! Can't wait to try it. I've done crinkle ribbon in the past and this is even easier.
    Thanks again,

  6. merci de nous faire partager vos essais - j'aime le 2 et le 4 - et cela permet aussi d'envisager d'avoir un ruban coordonné dans une création en le faisant ainsi et c'est cette idée principale que je retiens !
    pourquoi faire un stock de rubans de toutes les couleurs ? le blanc est parfait maintenant ! extra comme idée ! amitiés de France

  7. I really like all of them for different purposes. But what I like best is that you can do all of this with one ink pad!


Thanks for your thoughts and comments!