Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tutorial Tuesday: Technique Review

Today I am going to review 12 ways to make that white piece of cardstock more interesting.  They are all basic techniques that can easily be done with products that you probably have in your stash. All samples have been done on ATC size blanks.

On the left is a clean and simple style. It is a script background stamped on plain white cardstock.  On the right a more vintage look achieved by adding distress inks.

By adhering crinkled white tissue paper to your cardstock and then stamping with your background, you add a little texture. 
The sample on the right uses dressmakers tissue for a vintage look.

On the left is the faux linen technique. This look is achieved by taking glossy white cardstock, stamping your background image then sanding both horizontally and vertically then adding distress ink. 
On the left a simple misting with two different colors of spray then stamping.

Another fun technique is the resist method. Stamp the script with embossing ink, add white embossing powder, heat emboss then add your choice of ink color with a blending tool. 
On the right I have stamped the script with embossing ink and then added chalks giving a soft pastel look.

Both of these samples use the same colors of distress inks. On the left is the wrinkle free distress technique. This look can be achieved with your choice of colors. Simply apply Distress Ink directly from the pad to your non-stick craft sheet, spritz with water until the color beads. Drag paper through the ink, dry, repeat until satisfied, stamp with script.
For the wrinkled distress technique, carefully crumple paper, flatten out, apply your choice of Distress Ink directly to the creases. Iron out the paper and apply another color of ink with a sponge or blending tool.

On the left you see the fossil stone technique. Apply ink to two separate pieces of acetate, put the pieces ink to ink and squish. Pull apart and put 2 pieces of cardstock back to back between the two pieces of acetate, squish again. Open and pull off the cardstock from the acetate, dry and stamp. (A clear report folder works nicely for this technique).
The sample on the right shows the results of playing with alcohol ink and blending solution.

There are many more techniques out there for you to try and they come with different degrees of difficulty and some with a longer supply list. Hopefully this little review has sparked your creativity and will coerce you to pull out some of those long neglected supplies in your studio.

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  1. Great tutorial, Sarah. Very informative. I love learning new techniques. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Awesome, Sarah. Love the different "looks" one can get with the various techniques.


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