SDC 116 – try a new technique

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I love Craft Stamper magazine, it always includes lots of new ideas and techniques to try out. The August edition featured one called ‘Fold and stain background’ which I liked the look of and, as the new Stampotique Designers Challenge theme is to try a new technique, it was a perfect opportunity to have a go. I have used Stampotique’s Jasmin as my main image on this card, together with some Tim Holtz’s remnant rubs. So, here is how to do the background: take a piece of text weight paper, fold in half and crease with a bone folder, fold in half again and crease, repeat in the same direction until you have a narrow strip. Unfold the paper and repeat the folds in the opposite direction. Open the paper out and refold randomly along the fold lines until you have a small folded square or rectangle. Select a few colours of Distress Stains that will blend well together (I used blues and greens). Hold a Distress Stain bottle over the corners of the folded paper and press down until the ink soaks through. Unfold the paper and fold again so that ‘un-inked’ creases are at the corners. Take another colour of Distress Stain and repeat the inking process. Continue in this way until you have good coverage of ink along the creases of the paper. Leave the paper to dry flat and then use a Distress Ink pad and ink applicator to colour in any white areas. The finished background reminded me of camouflage fabric so it would be good for boys’ and men’s cards if you used the right colours.

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2 responses »

  1. A great technique, Angela, and one I will certainly try. This process has created a perfect background for Jasmin and allows her to remain the focal point of your project! Well done!

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