Friday, July 03, 2009

Faux Silk

One of the cards we made in last month's technique class was Faux Silk, and it turned out to be an immensely popular class! It's such an easy technique, but has a real wow factor to it.
To make this card, all we did is ink up the Inspired by Nature flowers with markers, and stamp onto tissue paper (just ordinary white tissue wrapping paper that you can get anywhere). Then comes the hard bit - scrunch it up! Now flatten it out, but don't remove all the creases...they are part of the faux silk look. Then apply Stampin' Up! glue stick all over a piece of Whisper White cardstock and glue your tissue paper to it, creases and all. Fold all the ends under neatly (just like wrapping school books!) and there you have it. It has a lovely crushed silk texture to it.
TIP: The very observant people out there might notice that my flowers are facing the opposite way to the way it stamps out. Normally they face this way:
But this time I wanted my sentiment on the other side. Because the tissue is almost transparent, you can flip it over and use either side. This method would be perfect if you want to do something like make 2 fish kiss, or 2 little girls face eachother, but you only have one stamp. Simply stamp on one side of the tissue, and then flip it over and stamp on the other! It sure beats using a Reverse Image stamp!

To finish off the card, I stamped the grass in a lighter shade of green (Mellow Moss) to give it more depth. The rest of the card is just layering and sponging. The background on the base card is the Friendly Jumbo wheel, and the sentiment comes from the wheel too. After wheeling the background, I left my wheel inky and just used a Chocolate Chip marker to ink the words that I wanted, and then wheeled onto scrap cardstock and punched it out. I also decorated the inside to make it extra-special:

Our other technique was Faux Tiles, and I'll show you that next time :o)

Materials (all Stampin' Up!)
stamps: Inspired by Nature, Friendly Jumbo Wheel
ink: Chocolate Chip, Mellow Moss, Pale Plum marker, Perfect Plum marker, Always Artichoke marker, Chocolate Chip marker
card: Close to Cocoa, Pale Plum, Mellow Moss, Perfect Plum, Whisper White
other: Large Oval punch, Designer Label Punch, Wide Oval punch, Chocolate Chip Wide Grosgrain, SU! glue stick, sponge dauber


  1. Wow! Thank you so much for sharing this, I cant wait ot give it a go!

  2. These are fantastic.... and the technique is simple, yet stunning. Thanks for sharing

  3. What a gorgeous method - can't wait to get a chance to use it - and being able to reverse the image is a great bonus - thanks for sharing, Jo

  4. I love this card I really must buy this stamp set.



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