Sunday 30 August 2009

Twist on Resist Technique

As promised, this is the technique I used for the lacy background paper I made for my Glamour Puss card. It's an easy technique and gives an antique, distressed effect that works beautifully with collage images and photo image stamps. I use the old fashioned parchment paper (the type used for correspondence not parchment craft) which is really good for inking techniques as the ink moves about the paper well.
You Will Need:
Parchment Paper in a light colour (Southfield Stationers)
Distress Inks in 2 0r 3 toning colours
Solvent Ink (Stazon or Palette) in 2 or 3 darker toning colours
Pigment Ink in any colour
Opaque White Embossing Powder
Cosmetic Sponges
Background type stamps of your choice

Here's how you do it:
  1. Cut a piece of parchment paper to the required size and stamp the background image all over in pigment ink, the colour doesn't matter as the embossing powder is opaque. Emboss the images with the white powder.
  2. Using the cosmetic sponges (Superdrug's are great and cheap), sponge on the lightest colour of Distress ink first-I used Scattered Straw. Add patches of the medium shade-I used Worn Lipstick. Finish with a little of the darkest shade-I used Vintage Photo.
  3. Here's the twist! When the ink is dry, dab solvent ink directly on to the white embossing. I used Palette inks in Cognac, Belle Rose and Lavender Sachet. As before, you start with the lightest ink first and build up the colour gradually.
This technique works well with Stazon inks too, although the colours are stronger and need applying with a light hand. You could also try alcohol inks if you have any for a similar effect.
I usually buy my parchment paper in my local stationers who have stocked it for years, but you could try Southfield Stationers website for stockists or buy direct.


Sam said...

Fliss you've just added several more things to my wish list - bless you heart (not that i need any encouragement to buy more stuff hehehe)
Take care
sam x

Sandra said...

Fliss thanks for the clear instructions will have to have a go at this sometime
Sandra xx