On my last Technique Night the theme was "Faux Techniques", and one of the techniques I taught was the Faux Silk Technique. It appealed to me because I love raw silk. In fact, I love all natural fibres for their comfort, but especially for their texture.
Silk makes me think of Asian design and my inspiration was this photo from House Ideas:
Here's how the card turned out:
- I used the Creative Elements images for all but the sentiment, which is from Regarding Dahlias. Creative Elements Stamp Set is a retiring set and the clear mount is already sold out, but you can still order the wood mount set. The images do have an Asian flair if you use the right colours.
- Black, red and gold colours create the look. Here I used Basic Black cardstock for the card base, Real Red for the back panel and Brushed Gold cardstock for the image matte.
- In this photo, you can see the fine flourish, stamped in Real Red and then embossed with gold Stampin' Emboss powder on Whisper White. The flower image is stamped over these in StazOn Jet Black.
- Once all the ink is completely dry, I used an Anywhere Gluestick to completely cover my central panel with glue, taking care to cover all the edges and corners. I took a slightly larger piece of white tissue paper and crumpled it up. I then opened it up and applied it to the image panel, pressing it down everywhere with my fingers, but not smoothing out the wrinkles. Once applied, then the extra is trimmed off around the panel.
- I originally tried to use Real Red cardstock for the image panel, but adding the white tissue paper didn't work. It was too noticeable against the red and just looked messy. This technique only seems to work with Whisper White cardstock and white tissue paper.
- The butterfly image from Creative Elements was stamped with Versamark ink on Real Red and embossed with Gold Stampin' Emboss powder. It was hand cut because it doesn't coordinate with the Elegant Butterfly punch.
This was again an easy, fun technique and you should give it a try, adding it to your stamping technique repertoire.
Here's an important note: Stampin' Up! has been able to secure a limited amount of the retiring 2012-14 In Colour cardstock, but once it is gone it will be gone for good. If you missed out the first time on the Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple and Summer Starfruit, you still might be able to score some if you act quickly!
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