Faux Silk Technique — Subtle or Vibrant

25 Feb

One of the great benefits of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is receiving Stampin’ Success Magazine every month. It’s packed with amazing inspiration, project ideas, product descriptions, fabulous techniques, and more. One of the techniques featured in a recent issue was “faux silk.” Although this technique has been around for a while, I had never tried it. I decided it would be the perfect technique with my stampers on “Technique Tuesday!” I LOVE the simple sophistication it adds to my projects…so did my stampers. I hope you do, too!

Achieving the “faux silk” effect is easy. Really easy! You will need:  light colored tissue paper (like you use in a gift bag or package), light colored card stock, one or more stamps, ink, and an Anywhere Glue Stick (The ink will NOT bleed when you use this).

Faux Silk Technique: Subtle Effect

Faux Silk –Subtle Effect

Follow these 4 simple steps:

  1. Stamp your image on light colored card stock .You’ll want to use a light color so you’ll be able to see the image through the tissue paper.
  2. Tightly wad a piece of tissue paper, cut about an inch larger in both directions than your piece of card stock. Gently open the tissue paper; do not flatten or stretch it. When you flatten it out, be sure to leave the creases to achieve the faux silk texture. The more creases the better!
  3. Generously and completely cover your image and card stock with glue using an Anywhere Glue Stick. Be sure to get the glue all the way to the edges so that the tissue paper doesn’t peel up. Press one corner of the tissue paper against one corner of the glued-up card stock (I like to work with diagonal corners.). Gently stretch the tissue paper to another corner and press it down into the adhesive. Repeat with the other two corners, taking care that the tissue is covering the panel to the very edges. Be careful not to stretch the tissue paper too much. Gently press the edges of the tissue into the card stock. Then flip the panel over and press firmly all over. Use a Bone Folder to mash the wrinkles into the adhesive…be sure to mash on the backside of the card stock only. DO NOT try to iron out the creases.
  4. Use your Paper Snips or Craft Scissors to trim away any tissue paper that overlaps the card stock panel. Finish your project.

Faux Silk Technique: Vibrant Effect

Faux Silk – Vibrant Effect

Follow these 4 simple steps:

  1. Stamp your image on tissue paper (which was cut about ½” – 1” larger in both directions than the panel you will mount it to), using Classic Ink. Color in with Stampin’ Write Markers. Allow ink to dry thoroughly – tissue paper is not very absorbent so it takes a while to dry. You can speed thinks along with the Heat Tool, or just do this part of your project first and let it dry while you move on to prepping the rest of your project.
  2. Once ink is completely dry, tightly wad the tissue paper into a little ball. Don’t be timid! Gently open the tissue paper; do not flatten or stretch it; leave the creases to achieve the faux silk texture. The more creases the better!
  3. Generously and completely cover your card stock panel with glue using an Anywhere Glue Stick. Be sure to get the glue all the way to the edges so that the tissue paper doesn’t peel up. Press one corner of the tissue paper against one corner of the glued-up card stock (I like to work with diagonal corners.). Gently stretch the tissue paper to another corner and press it down into the adhesive. Repeat with the other two corners, taking care that the tissue is covering the panel to the edges. Be careful not to stretch the tissue paper too much. Gently press the edges of the tissue into the card stock. Then flip the panel over and press firmly all over. Use a Bone Folder to mash the wrinkles into the adhesive…be sure to mash on the backside of the card stock only. DO NOT try to iron out the creases.
  4. Use your Paper Snips or Craft Scissors to trim away any tissue paper that overlaps the card stock panel. Finish your project.

Check back tomorrow! I’ll have directions and supplies for both of these cards!

Until we meet again…HAPPY STAMPIN’!

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