Friday, July 2, 2010
Ink, Spray, Smash
How is that for the name of a fancy stamping technique? Isn't it fun! This is one of the techniques that I'll be teaching at a Wholly Scrap! class next week. And I'm excited to report that we'll be using and selling a soon-to-be-released Sweet 'n Sassy stamp set! That's right...You can now get Sweet 'n Sassy stamps at a few select stamp and scrapbook stores! WooHoo!! (I'll share more details on the release next week so stay tuned....) So...this technique...it's super easy and a great way to make your own designer paper. Here are the steps. (You'll need three alcohol inks, two pieces of glossy cardstock, a spray bottle, and paper towels) 1) Gather three alcohol inks, I used Ranger inks, in coordinating colors (using a light, medium, and dark shade is best). 2) Begin dropping the alcohol ink , one at a time, on to only one piece of cardstock. (Start with the lightest ink color.) 3) Use the spray bottle to spray both pieces of cardstock (the plain one and the one with the ink), spray at least two times. 4) Now smash the two pieces of paper together! (OK, smash is a strong word...you can just place one piece of cardstock on top of the other.) Do not smoosh the paper around or your colors will get muddy, just gently push them together. 5) Peel the pieces of paper apart to reveal the fabulous designs! (Allow paper to fully dry before using. A heat gun can speed up the process.) I loved the way this background came out...kind of looks like a sunset, no? It was the perfect backdrop for these pretty silhouette stamps! Since my background was so colorful, I opted to stay with a monochromatic card, using only black and kraft. This is more of that fabulous Ruby Rock-it paper, which is my paper of choice for the class next week. I finished off my card with a bight yellow butterfly punch, from Martha Stewart. Fun stuff! Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!!