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.
- Coordinating colors
- Five different styles for each color
- High quality
- 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!