Monday, February 26, 2007

Faux Batiking

This colorful technique is actually fairly simple and lots of fun. I made this card for a stamping event last weekend and so many people asked me for instructions that I thought I would share them here. You start with white mulberry paper, stamp and emboss it with clear powder. Spritz the paper with a little water, then use a brayer to add two different colors or try using a Kaliedacolor pad. For this card, I used two Palette pads: Boudoir Blush and Claret. The water helps the inks to blend together to make beautiful combinations. Next, iron the paper between two pieces of plain newsprint on medium-high heat. This will pull the embossing powder out of the mulberry paper as it is absorbed by the newsprint. What's left over is the soft look of a beautiful silk scarf or sarong. See this idea in a totally different color combination on this fall card. Now it's your turn! Try out this technique and let me know how it works or post your questions and I'll get back to you.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Birthday Wishes

I had some February birthday cards to make, so I sat down to play with the new TAC Incentive Set, The Good Life. What fun! There are so many cute phrases. And it's not just for birthdays. I made a neat Valentine with it, and it's perfect for scrapbooking. I'm going to feature this set in my upcoming card tin class. We'll cover the tin with our beautiful Bella Flor paper to keep track of those birthdays and we'll even make four cards to go inside! Email me for a class schedule, or if you're not in Denver, ask me about a kit!