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Papertrey Ink Perfect Match Ribbon

Reported by Tracy Schultz

If you love perfectly coordinated ribbons that are luxurious to the touch and work for both paper crafting and gift wrapping, then you will love Papertrey Ink’s perfect match ribbon!

Unveiled just a few short months ago, Papertrey Ink is following suit in what some companies have already started- coordinated cardstock, decorative paper, and ribbon. And while I’ll usually be the first to say, “Ribbon is ribbon- it’s all the same.” I want to tell you how Papertrey’s ribbon differs from the other brands on the market.

First, there are the colors. Papertrey’s ribbon uses their new Perfect Match custom color system. While I have found their colors to be similar to some already on the market, I usually can’t find ribbon to match my paper. I love that the matching is already done for me here.


Secondly, each color of their ribbon comes in five different styles: luxe satin (1/2″ wide), swiss dot satin (5/8″ wide), topnotch twill (3/8″ wide), classic grosgrain (5/8″ wide), and saddle stitch (5/8″ wide). Using the same color ribbon, you can switch out the style to really change the way your project looks.

Lastly, I’m sure you already noticed that each style comes in a different width. Their ribbon ranges in size from 3/8″ wide up to 5/8″ wide. Personally, I’d love it if each style of ribbon came in all of the sizes or a wider range of sizes. I tend to stay away from wide ribbon but would love to use their grosgrain or saddle stitch, if only it were a little narrower.

All of their ribbon, regardless of the style or color, is just $3 for a five yard spool. That comes out to be just $0.60 per yard. While it certainly isn’t the cheapest ribbon out there, it’s still a good value. Especially when you consider its uniqueness and the quality of the ribbon.

I also wanted to mention that their twill ribbon is stamp-able! You can stamp sentiments or designs directly onto the ribbon for an added touch. I would recommend using Palette or another fabric-ready ink. Be sure to test on a small piece of ribbon to see how the stamped design will work. There will be some slight bleeding, but the twill holds up to the ink really well.

Pros:

  • Coordinating colors
  • Five different styles for each color
  • High quality

Cons:

  • Each style is only available in one width
  • Price: $0.60 per yard isn’t bad, but I’ve purchased quality ribbon as low as $0.25 per yard!
  • Limited color palate

There are a few things I dislike about this ribbon- the limited widths and price being top on my list. And right now there are only seven colors available. New ribbon colors are added monthly, usually two at a time. But this makes it hard to plan my ribbon purchases, and as a result I’ve found myself only buying one or two styles of the colors I like as they’re released (sometimes none at all).


Despite that, I’d still give Papertrey Ink’s ribbon a rating of 7 out of 10. Their ribbon is currently available in seven custom colors (five different styles in each color, with new colors added monthly), and it retails for $3 per five yard spool. You can only purchase it online at Papertrey Ink’s website.

So- do you love Papertrey Ink’s ribbon? Dislike it? Have a great use for it? We’d love to hear what you think!

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8 Responses to Papertrey Ink Perfect Match Ribbon

  1. mnhyrkas June 13, 2008 at 2:51 pm #

    just wondering how it ties up and/or how it matches up in quality to May Arts

  2. jenstamps June 13, 2008 at 3:39 pm #

    I had been holding off buying this ribbon only because I couldn’t buy it ALL and I couldn’t make up my mind which to try out. But thanks to your article I think I may just order the twill since it’s such pretty colors and I see my favorite color (Purple) will be released this month!

  3. Kathy McDonald June 13, 2008 at 7:35 pm #

    I LOVE this ribbon! I love that it is so easy to tie, and the colors are gorgeous. Each month I eagerly await the new releases.

  4. mer June 14, 2008 at 9:45 am #

    Overall, I LOVE that the ribbon coordinates with the cardstock, and love the saddle stitch and swiss dots, which aren’t readily available in matching colors that I like. However, I will say that while the twill tape and grossgrain tie well, the satin ribbons are more difficult to work with, since they are not double-sided. It takes some work to get the “good” side to show, and for the price, I would expect double-sided satin ribbon. BUT I still buy them because they are all so pretty!

  5. Sandy Knecht June 14, 2008 at 1:22 pm #

    I haven’t used the ribbon, but I’ve bought it because I love the colors. It was a bit pricy and double sided would be terrific. I’m not a good bow tier.

  6. mimihas5 June 14, 2008 at 3:17 pm #

    I love the Papertrey ink ribbon. All of it. I have had no problems in making a bow with the satin ribbons. I *love* that they match with the card-stock and designer papers. I look forward to buying each of the new colors every month.I give it a 10 out of 10.

    Mary

  7. whoistracy June 16, 2008 at 1:15 pm #

    Thank you all for your comments.

    mnhyrkas: As some have said already, all of the ribbons tie extremely well. The satin takes an extra minute to ensure the right side is facing out, but still worth it.

    I find the quality comparable, if not better, than May Arts. But that’s just my opinion.

  8. Dana Caffrey January 15, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    I LOVE this ribbon! It is so easy to tie, and the colors are gorgeous. Looking forward to se more posts. I’m enjoying your looking at your page.

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