Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Faux Designer Paper, Java Joy!


One of the inspirational publications that I use when paper crafting is Pat's Techniquejunkies. She publishes a newsletter and also posts the techniques on her website:


I'll be honest: I don't always have the time to play with new techniques. And recently, we had the big move to England, and that was a big disruption in my crafting life and my REAL life! LOL!



However, techniques are important for stampers because they challenge us to stretch the art of our stamping and create truly original pieces. I know, in a pinch, it's easy to pop onto a stamping site and CASE a birthday card for a friend. But when you have time, it's great to push yourself, try something new, and create a whole bunch of birthday, thank you, or friend cards all at once.

One of the techniques that recently caught my eye was the TJ Faux Designer Paper. I have a tendency to use the many 12x12 papers I've collected when I need a background. However, the colors don't always match the stamping inks that I have. Also, this technique enables you to use matching stamps in the background paper and foreground focal stamped images. And, it's nice to say that the entire card is handmade.

I used last year's Stampin' Up ink colors of Groovy Gauva and Sky Blue, along with VersaFine's Smokey Grey and a VersaMark pad for embossing. All the stamps are from Inkadinkado's clear sets, with the exception of the block floral stamp, which is a retired set from Stampin' Up.
Above and below are photos of the same thank you card, shot in halogen light (above) and natural light (below).

The card below is was used for the January Card Lottery for Stampers of England YahooGroup. The theme was a comforting cup of hot cocoa, tea or coffee. The stamps used were the same, except that I also threw in a border stamped image from Close to My Heart.

In the photos, you again can see this is the same card, shot in natural light and halogen light.

The halogen light actually brings out the warmth of the colors and the pearlescent embossing powder in the java stamp. But it also makes it difficult to read the stamp.

I skipped the final step of this TJ technique, which suggested ironing off the embossed image, which would have left a matte white flourish image. I still don't own a craft iron, and I didn't feel like pulling out my creaky old ironing board!! The background is not supposed to be shiny.

Speaking of the Stampers of England, we are currently looking for new members to join our friendly and cozy group. If you are interested, please click on the YahooGroups purple button in the upper right-hand corner of this blogspot. Or, you can link to our homepage:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EnglandStampers/

We have regular activities and art swaps, and our group is supportive, friendly and inspirational. If you live in England and love to stamp or paper craft, we'd love to have you join us.