Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Look of MOJO Linen

Have you ever heard of Nakusp, B.C.?  I didn't think so.  But we have, because my lovely daughter, her hubby and baby son just moved there!  What a pretty little village on Arrow Lake!  We were there for a few days, helping my daughter and son-in-law paint in the house they just bought.  A very big job, especially when you have to paint kitchen cupboards.  But it is going to look wonderful when they are all finished.  Keep your eye on her blog, At Home, to see the before and after photos when they are all done.

I got home, dying to stamp again, and thought I'd try something new for the MOJO Monday #255 sketch, designed by Teresa Kline.  One of the stamping buddies I met at convention, Sarah Naber, showed me how to do the "Faux Linen" technique.  I loved how her card looked and I was looking for more background techniques to use for my Technique Classes in September.  This is what I came up with:

Linen is such a lovely summer fabric, except for the annoying fact that it wrinkles like crazy!  Otherwise, I would wear it all the time in the summer.  It's light, cool and it has such a nice texture to it.

I don't know what possessed me to choose Elegant Eggplant for this challenge, since none of the DSP's have the slightest hint of purple in them, but I hadn't used purple for a long time and it caught my eye.  I paired it with Rich Razzleberry, which was a bit of a risk.  I'm not sure if it was a good choice, but I wanted to use my new stamp set, Stippled Blossoms, which is a two step stamp set, meaning I needed two different tones to stamp it with, and there wasn't enough contrast with either Perfectly Plum or Wisteria Wonder.  Any way, it is what it is!

The linen look is achieved by using medium sandpaper on Glossy White card stock, sanding vertically, then horizontally, and then either sponging on colour or using a brayer.  I tried both methods and found sponging to work better.  Use a light hand, in order to bring out the "linen weave" more clearly.  After this, I stamped on my image and its stippled overlay using a Stamp-a-ma-jig to position it exactly where I wanted it.  That is SUCH a handy tool.  Works like a charm. 
If the hue and cry is great enough, I will attempt a video tutorial of the Faux Linen technique. Let me know if you are interested in seeing it. 

This is the MOJO Monday sketch I was working from:

And that's a wrap for today!

Stamps: Stippled Blossoms (w126745; c126747); Loving Thoughts (w125846; c125845)
Paper:  Polka Dot Parade DSP (126902); Elegant Eggplant (105126); Perfect Plum (101889); Rich Razzleberry (115316) and Whisper White (100730) card stock
Ink: Classic Ink Pads in Elegant Eggplant (126969); Wisteria Wonder (126985); Always Artichoke (126972); Rich Razzleberry (126950)

Accessories: 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon in Elegant Eggplant (124143); Pearl Basic Jewels (119247)
Tools: Delicate Designs Embossing Folder (127023); Finishing Touches Edgelits (127010);  Labels Collection Framelits (125598); Big Shot (113439); Modern Label Punch (119849); Word Window Punch (119857); Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049)

Stippled Blossoms Stamp Set
Delicate Designs Textured Impressions Embossing Folders

1 comment :

  1. Beautiful card! Very bold and eye catching. I found you at MOJO Monday.


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