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.
The latest challenge theme on Stampotique Designers Challenge blog is to use at least 3 layers and this gave me the opportunity to try out a technique I recently saw on Tim Holtz’s blog – using stencils with different mediums to build up layers. I started off by cutting a piece of watercolour paper to size and used texture paste through a stencil at the top right, and Picket Fence distress stain through a circles stencil on the bottom half of the card. After these were dry I added a layer of colour using Distress Stains: wild honey, picked raspberry and broken china, spritzing with water to allow the colours to mingle and blend. When the card was completely dry I added a third layer, using Distress Inks and two more stencils. For the stamping I have used Stampotique’s Arty and the flowers and words are from Paper Artsy’s JOFY collection (I have only just bought these so couldn’t resist using them!).
I bought a small, round chipboard book at a local shop recently – it was reduced to half price and so how could I resist? I have been debating what to do with it and decided that I am going to decorate each page with something new … that is, a technique or product that I have never used before. I have completed four pages so far:
On the first page the new technique I’ve used is to create a tissue tape background. I cut a circle of card and blended inks over it to colour, then covered the entire piece with tissue tape. I added the stamped and coloured image of the 2 women and an adage ticket attached to a memo pin. The flower trim has been coloured with Dylusions spray.
My second page has a background using Winsor & Newton iridescent medium. I bought some of this last November at the NEC and have just got around to using it! I painted the background with Distress Stains mixed with a little of the iridescent medium and also stamped with the medium around the edges of the page.
On page 3 I have gone all metallic! I saw this technique using aluminium tape in Craft Stamper quite a while ago and have been trying to find some of this tape ever since. Then recently I managed to find some in a local pound shop! The strip across the middle of the page is a piece of card to which I glued some grungepaper numbers and shapes. I then covered this with the metal tape and coloured it with alcohol inks. The flowers were made in a similar way: stick some tape onto card and stamp flowers using StayzOn ink. Cut them out and emboss with a Cuttlebug folder, then colour with alcohol inks.
I’ve used canvas as a background on page 4, and a technique that the owner of one of my local craft shops told me about a couple of days ago: paint the canvas with white Picket Fence Distress Stain and allow to dry; then use one or more colours of Distress Stains over the surface. I’ve decorated this page with an image of a girl (by Paper Whimsy) behind an acetate overlay, and finally some laser-cut flowers which I sprayed with Glimmermist. The small accents at the bottom are square jump rings glued onto patterned paper and then filled with Glosssy Accents dimensional glue. I added these partly for balance, BUT mainly to cover up a couple of unwanted glue marks!!
Unfortunately I haven’t been able to enter the challenges on the Stampotique Designers blog for a while, but I have made this card for the latest one and I must try harder to enter more frequently! The theme this time is to use red, pink and white , but I have to confess that there is not a lot of white on mine! I have used the wrinkle free distress technique for the background, but as well as using Distress Inks I have also added some of the new metallic Distress Stains (Tarnished Brass) to the mix. This resulted in lovely little spots and hazes of gold. For the flower I covered a chipboard shape with crumpled up tissue paper and painted it with acrylic paint. When it was dry I rubbed some Inka gold over to highlight the raised parts.
In the February edition of Craft Stamper magazine there is an article about Tim Holtz’s ‘scribble stain’ technique which I decided to try out. You start off in the same way as the wrinkle free distress technique but, after dabbing the ink pads onto a craft sheet, you scribble tiny amounts of Distress re-inkers over before spritzing with water. I used Wild Honey and Faded Jeans ink pads, and Aged Mahogany re-inker. However, on my first effort I used far too much re-inker and the Aged Mahogany completely took over!! My second attempt was much more successful as I used only very tiny amounts of the re-inker. Rather than waste the first piece, I decided to use it as a background and I have stamped the latest Craft Stamper freebie over using Picket Fence Distress Stain. I stamped the image again on the second sheet in black and used three images cut out on the front of the card.