Sunday, May 19, 2013

What have I been doing?

Well, obviously I haven't been looking after this blog! But I have been stamping and it's time to share some projects with you.

One thing I've been doing is playing with new techniques. I've seen a lot of samples using a technique called Faux Linen. This card I made was inspired by all the samples I've looked at, especially one done by Julie Olivier who shared her creation on our Stampin' Up demonstrators' web site.

For this card I used one of my favourite stamp sets - By the Tide - and one of my favourite cardstock colours - Crumb Cake. The faux linen technique involves rubbing an ink pad all over a piece of Glossy cardstock. Sadly, this cardstock is being retired and had already sold out. The ink I used - More Mustard - is also retiring at the end of this month. After the ink dries, I lightly dragged a sanding block across the surface, which creates little lines through the ink.

Next, I stamped all over the background with the text image from the By the Tide stamp set. The fan coral stamp was done with black Staz-on. Then I stamped the little sea-horse stamp on top of the coral image and finished with the Nantucket seal stamp in the top left corner. The image panel was mounted on Midnight Muse and I popped it up on the Crumb Cake base with dimensionals.

A very quick card to do, and could be used for a thank-you note, or thinking of you, or just about any occasion.

I like this technique and have lots more ideas for using it. Hope you are inspired to try some Faux Linen!

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