Tip: You can always add more later...but you can NEVER take it away...so use your supplies sparingly! You don't wanna waste ink but you also don't want a full spool of ugly ribbon!
Step 4: Gently squeeze out the excess dye. I do this with my hands, and then use a baby wipe to remove more of the color before hanging it to dry. The longer your material is left soaking, the richer and deeper the color will be. Wear gloves if you are going anywhere in the next few days...the dye's stain skin pretty badly!
Tip: My 'drying rack' is a part of an old shoe rack! The legs got lost during one of our moves, but it still serves a great and useful purpose! You should be able to find one at goodwill if you want one.
Copic Various Reinkers, Rangers' Adirondack (Tim Holtz) Alcohol Inks, and many others are Alcohol Based. I disperse the ink color by dipping the item in Vodka before adding them to the dye mixed with 1/2 water and 1/2 vodka. Vodka carries no scent and evaporates quickly. (So your materials will dry quickly!) They are usually very stiff too, and will not require any starch. Using a steamy curling iron will help straighten your dyed ribbon and lace. Just move SLOWLY as they are not as stable after dyeing. If you notice they are giving off color after drying, blast them with hot air from your hair dryer to set the color!