Thursday, July 03, 2008

Technique Thursday-Early :)

So since I got off work at noon today I was able to get started on today's Technique. I saw this technique on a old Carol Duvall show is was demonstrated and designed by Michael Strong. I hope you enjoy it. Technique is called "Tooled Leather Paper".
You will need the following items:
deeply etched floral or filigree rubber stamp
light brown or rust cardstock
dye ink
rolling pin
mod podge (matte) & paint brush
basin of warm water (need enough water to cover paper)
paper towels
rubber mouse pad

Step 1: Soak cardstock in warm water until saturated (minimum of 10 min)

Step 2: Remove the saturated sheet from the water and gently crumple paper into a tight ball

Step 3: Gently uncrumple the sheet, taking care not to tear it, and lay it on a smooth nonporous surface such as a tabletop or counter top.

Step 4: Smooth out as many wrinkles as you can, patting with the palm of your hand.

Step 5: Continue the smoothing process with the rolling pin until paper is flat.

Step 6: Peel the sheet of the tabletop or counter top and transfer it to the waterproof pressing surface.

Step 7: Take mouse pad and put it on the floor put damp paper on top of the mouse pad. Put Rubber stamp on top of the damp paper and stand on the rubber stamp, making sure you are putting even pressure on the stamp (you might want to have something close by to hold your balance).

Step 8: Air dry the sheet in a sunny location, or you can speed up the drying process with a heat tool (which is what I did)

Step 9: When the sheet is thoroughly dry, cut the design out.

Step 10: Pick up some of the ink from the dye based pad with your paper-towel-covered finger. With a circular motion, rub the color onto your cut out design. Continue this process until the raised portion of the design is as dark as you want it.

Step 11: Let the colored design dry for a few minutes before brushing on a thin layer of Mod Podge.
Step 12: After Mod Podge is dry you can finish your card.

* I also tried it with a embossing folder and my Cuttlebug and it works also, if you do it with the Cuttlebug and folder the water will be squeezed out. Not sure which folder this is*

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe 4th of July. I am planning on coming back on Saturday and show you some of the cards I have made in the last few days. Until my next rambling :)

Supplies: All items Stampin' Up!© unless otherwise stated
Stamps: Always
Inks: Distress Ink vintage photo (Tim Holtz), Close to Cocoa & Cameo Coral
Paper: Kraft, Whisper White, Creamy Caramel & Patterned Paper (Unknown Source)
Other: Mod Podge (Michaels), Dew Drops (All that scraps), 1 1/4 Circle & Ticket Corner Punch

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