Simply Irresistable Challenge!

By May 31, 2008General

This month I challenged the Papertrey Senior Design Team to have fun with their favorite resist technique.  I decided to play along too and have chosen to work with crayon resist using a color wash!  I like to do things like this a whole sheet at a time while I have all my supplies out so I can make more than one project with the results.

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Step One: Stamp floral image (or any other image of your choice) randomly all over white cardstock.  (I highly recommend our Stamper’s Select White for this technique to reduce warping & buckling that water applications can sometimes cause.)  You want to make sure that you do this with a waterproof ink, like Palette Hybrid inks or StazOn.

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Step Two: Scribble over each floral image with a white crayon.  I found that you can also have great success by using the small white birthday cake candles available at the grocery store.  I did floral style scribbling by starting in the center of each stamped flower and making several outward loops, trying to make them smaller or larger than the original stamped flower to assure a good contrast.

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Step Three: Make your own color wash.  I like to use old jar lids for mixing recipes like this.  Simply add a small dollop of regular acrylic paint to the lid and add water, stirring until you have your desired consistency.  You may want to play with different consistencies on scrap paper.  The more water you add, the lighter and more transparent your wash will be.  Once you have it the way you like it, simply swipe the wash onto your stamped cardstock with a paint brush, using long fluent strokes.  I like to start in one corner and make my way diagonally across the paper.  The graduation in hues that you can get is really beautiful.

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As you can see here, the areas where I scribbled with the white crayon have resisted the color wash, creating a really interesting effect that adds a lot of depth to the pattern.

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One additional step that I did to my color wash paper, is after allowing drying time I went back in and over stamped with Polka Dot Basics & white pigment ink.

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Here is my completed card.  I was able to get four cards from the sheet of patterned paper I created.  This was a really fun technique, bringing me back to some of the basic supplies that I was familiar with in elementary school!  I encourage you to give it a shot yourself if you’ve never tried it!

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Be sure to stop by and see what ALL the other gals have created!  Whether you are a beginner or more advanced, there is something for everyone to learn from these talented women!

Lisa Johnson
Heather Nichols
Debbie Olson
Amy Rysavy
Taylor VanBruggen

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STAMPS: (flower) Garden of Life, (sentiment) Mixed Messages, Polka Dot Basics
INK: Lavender Moon Palette, White Craft SU!
PAPER: Lavender Moon & Stamper’s Select White
OTHER: Lavender Moon Twill Tape, Lavender Got Deux Flowers, brads from Lasting Impressions, Multi Tag Scallop Punch from McGill, white crayon from Crayola, corner rounder punch from Fiskars

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