Hello all fellow Bloggers. It was so lovely to read all your comments on my Keepsake Box last week. I appreciated each and every one of them, thank you for taking the time to leave them for me. Well I think Spring is finally starting to show itself here in Scotland at long last. We have had a couple of sunny days this week. The Daffodils are all in full bloom, Lambs are in the fields huddled next to their mums and to my delight we have a Blackbird starting to make a nest in the bushes of our garden.
I decided this week for my Guest Design spot at Cheery Lynn Designs it would be nice to show you a technique on a card using a sketch. I had been watching a demonstration on the TV and Sheena Douglass mentioned using a mix of water and glycerine for a faux leather technique, and talked about how it made the paper more pliable and didn’t cause the fibres to break down into the usual flimsy manner. Thinking cap on, I thought I would use this spritz mix in another way with my die cuts.
First of all, using a spritz bottle, mix 6 parts water to 1 part Glycerine (available at chemist/drugstore) and give it a shake before placing spritz lid on, otherwise the glycerine can clog your spritz top. I die cut my Anastasia Border out with white cardstock and inked the edges with distress. My Sweet Williams strip I distressed edges on both sides and stamped an alphabet image with Archival ink. On the reverse side of both die cuts I started to spray some of the spritz mix to dampen the paper leaving it for about 20 seconds to seep through the fibres. I then resprayed a little more to the front and the back of the paper this time. I then started to fold and crush the paper into a tight ball. Next step carefully unravel and spritz a little bit more of the mix on and repeat this process crushing the paper and unraveling. I used my heat gun to dry the unraveled paper. You will notice it starts to shrink and curl a little more at this point, be careful not to burn your paper. Applying the heat makes it dry firmer but with the Glycerine being used the paper is not brittle. Just remember the secret is to not over-soak your paper. Build it up gradually, adding the mix until your paper is wet and pliable enough to crush. As you can see this now gives your die cuts a lovely shabby vintage feel.
With the flowers I did the same, but folded and crushed the paper from the edges towards the centre as the paper is a little more fragile here. Just before the paper was dry I placed my embossing tool into the centre to curve the middle part then carried on drying. I then built my flowers up and placed some little white washed snap on’s into the centres.
I do hope you feel inspired to give this a go and have a creative weekend.
Shop at Cheery Lynn for :
B136 - Anastasia Border
DL234 - French Pastry Tiny Doily
B307 - Sweet Williams Strip
B387 - Tiny Fanciful Flourish Left and Right
B215 - Expandable Tiny Borders
Other products used :
Distress Ink Victorian Velvet, Faded Jeans and Peeled Paint.
Archival Ink Cobalt Blue.
Pion Design Topper.
Maja Design Papers.
Various Craft Stash Goodies.
I wish to enter this in to :
It's All About The Vintage - Shabby Chic Challenge
That Craft Place - Buttons Challenge
Crafty Little Fairies - Button Up Challenge
Crafty Hands Devon - Anything Goes Challenge
WLVC - Challenge 23 - Sketch