Thursday, September 8, 2011

How To Create Faux, Torn Vellum

Hello everyone! Welcome to Whatever Thursdays at Stamping 411 where each week, a different Staming 411 Operator will bring you a "whatever" post -- each week will be a surprise technique, challenge, idea or "whatever" we come up with -- I think it will be fun!

Today's Whatever post will offer you a quick tutorial on the Faux, Torn Vellum technique -- one of my all-time favorite techniques! Faux, torn vellum looks like ... well, torn vellum, but it's all done on one layer of cardstock -- it's really cool and fun to do!

To begin, you tear off just the very edge of a post-it note, leaving some of the sticky remaining to stick down on your cardstock. I used Whisper White Cardstock for this card. As you can see from the above photo, I angled the post-it note so it would resemble a torn edge. Go ahead and stamp your images on your cardstock, using the post-it note to "mask" off the area that you don't want stamped. I'm using the stamp set Just Believe, stamping the image in Island Indigo Ink. You can stamp one image or many.

Next, spong ink over and around the stamped images, blending the colors. I work in a circular pattern and try to make sure the different colors are distributed over the entire piece. Ink colors that I sponged on are Island Indigo, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade and Wisteria Wonder. Make sure the post-it note stays attached whil you are sponging.

When you're done sponging, and have your stamped images the way you want, you simply pull off the post-it notes and ... voila, you have an image that looks like torn vellum. At this point, you can embellish and finish the card as you like. I added some Wisteria Wonder butterflies, cut with the Big Shot and the Beautiful Wings Embosslet, some Basic Pearls and some Ruffled Ribbon. The card Base is Island Indigo. I also added a little more sponging and torn vellum technique on the inside of the card.

And that's it -- the Faux, Torn Vellum Technique! I hope you have as much fun with this as I do! We would love to see your projects using this technique! Feel free to leave a link to your project below so that we can all enjoy your creativity!

Happy Stamping! Blessings, Gretchen