I tried a new technique this morning, and I have to say, when I first saw the instructions, I thought OH NO! But let me tell you, it worked beautifully and I really like the results. This one is called faux handmade paper.
First I will let you look at it and then tell you how to do it.
What do you think? It is so hard to capture the texture and sparkle in a photo, but let me assure you, it looks really interesting. In fact, if you click on the photo, it will enlarge a lot and you can get a really good view.
So, how to do it:
I used two different shades of brown, black and one metallic finish acrylic paint. Squeeze about a nickel size glob of each onto a sheet of wax paper. Next get the very technical wad of toilet tissue (fresh is best! ha ha ha ha!) and dip it into the lighest of colors and dab it onto the card stock. I used a creamy caramel color card stock for this one. Dip into the next darker color and dab where you didn't dab the first time. You will see bits of the toilet tissue sticking to the card stock. That's a good thing! Keep going. Now, I dipped into the black and added a bit of that. Lookin' good! Now dip into that metallic paint and add that on top of it all. Yep, that's it. I heated mine with my heat gun because I'm way too impatient. To use mine, I cut it into three strips to add a little more interest and mounted it onto the black card front. Next I stamped my tree image with versamark ink and clear embossed it. I wish I had stamped it in a darker ink. Maybe next time. I then dabbed a bit of my metallic paint (and a little of the black still showed) around the image and especially the edges of the tree panel. I mounted that onto black card stock and distressed it with my fingernails. Oh yeah, I embossed a strip of black card stock with the cuttlebug tiny mosaic folder before attaching it about half way on the card. I stamped the sentiment with versamark and clear embossed before cutting/embossing with the Spellbinders double ended tags die and then mounting on the black card stock. I added some brads and that is about it. I really like the look of this. What do you think?