Monday, March 14, 2011

Welcome to this month's spotlight blog hop

....And this month we are bring you techniques. You should have come fromLuisa"s blog. Next in the hop is Wendy's blog. Don't worry, if you just started here you can still go full circle and see everyone's blog.

My technique is how to alter paper. This is great if you have old paper you don't like to much or if you love the pattern but don't love the paper. Check out the before and after pictures. Isn't that cool? I love doing this because I never waste paper this way.

OK, no the deets of how to do this. first, I stamped the damask stamp and embossed it. You can emboss in any color, I chose clear because I wanted a little bit of the blue coming thru. I also made sure when I heated the powder, that it soaked into the paper. The back side of this paper is brown and that shows thru a little with the clear absorbing into it. Now its slightly multi colored embossing. I then stamped the flourishes with a light grey so it would blend into the background a little. Then I took a darker blue on the sponge and inked the background. I didn't ink it completely to get the shading. Another technique I used was to use a stamp block to stamp with. I used white pigment ink so the sentiment would show up better. If you use a dye ink you can spray the block for more of a watercolor effect. Third technique I used was masking my sentiment stamp. the original had the word all in one line, but that didn't fit my block of white. So I used tape to tape off the second part, stamped the 'thinking' . Then I used tape to cover the first part and then stamped the 'of you'. Remember to remove the tape before you stamp tho.

Ok this is all I have for you. I am doing this last minute (I'm working on that) and I made this in like 5 minutes before I posted this. It's taking me more time to write this post then I did on this card. I still don't know how I did it that quick. It's a crafting miracle for me.

Have a great day


  1. This is a great idea that I have only done a couple times but what a great way to use all your paper!

  2. Great tips and awesome card. I need to use my embossing powders!

  3. Great technique, I must give it a try.

  4. I love the idea of altering (customizing)paper. But I do have a mentioned at the beginning of your post a "before and after". I'm confused (nothing new lately). Where is the before picture. Is it the cardstock that the card is laying on or was it a pattern paper? The only two pics I see look alike to me. I'd love to see what the paper looked like before you altered it. :)

  5. the light blue paper on the left is the before. on the right shows that card finished. youcan see how much darker it got.