Thursday, September 20, 2007

...Everybody Must Get Stoned!!!

I wanted to share this with you for Technique Tuesday, but instead will call this the "technique of the week!" ;)

If you've never seen this before, it's one of my all time favorites and the effects can be downright breathtaking!!! I felt it was the prefect compliment for this stamp set, which happens to be on promotion this month for 30% off, contact me if you'd like to know more about the promo!

The technique is called POLISHED STONE

Glossy white cardstock
1 metallic reinker (or a metallic craft pad)
2 or 3 classic reinker colors
Stazon Black ink pad
Acrylic sealer
Rubbing alcohol
cotton ball

On your glossy cardstock drip the metallic ink in several places, or if you are using a pad "smudge" it onto your paper directly. Either method works fine, in my example I used a reinker.

Then soak a cotton ball with alcohol, not "dripping wet," but well saturated, and apply a dot of each additional color to the cotton ball - not the paper!

Now things get a little messy...
"Pounce" your cotton ball all over the paper until you are satisfied with the ink coverage, there is no right or wrong to this. Just keep pouncing until you like what you see, and be careful of any stray cotton fibers that may want to stay behind on the paper!

I generally allow the paper to sit a few minutes and then I seal it with an acrylic sealer. This is important because the craft ink will smudge if not sealed on the glossy paper. You may also elect to do this step outside or near an open window...peeee-eeeeww!!!

Give the sealant a few minutes to dry, and you can tell by the way it looks, and then stamp an image with Stazon right over your polished stone! I love the way these colors blended together!!! Then simply trim any excess, if desired, and finish into a card or scrapbooking masterpiece! :D

Stamps: Thoroughly Thankful
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, Glossy White
Ink: Stazon, Copper, Vintage Violet, Close to Cocoa, Cranberry Crisp
Accessories: Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware (brads & ribbon slider),
brown grosgrain ribbon


Anonymous said...

Stunning results!! Love it dude! :)

Rachel V. said...

beautiful! thanks for the tutorial. :)

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