Monday, November 12, 2012

Faux Silk Step-by-Step

Greetings, fellow Stampers! I have a card to share with you today which features the Faux Silk Technique. I demonstrated this technique in an upline meeting recently, and it's really easy and fun to do. I thought I'd share the tutorial with you today, as well. So, let's get right to it!

This is a close up shot of the stamped panel. The ink looks like it was stamped onto fine silk, which is the look we are trying to achieve.  I love the colors, which came right off the Stampin' Up Color Coach. I think they are reminiscent of a silk scarf.

Aside from the ink and stamp sets, this is what you will need:
  • Old Olive Card Stock: 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", the 8 1/2" side scored at 4 1/4"
  • Raspberry Ripple Card Stock: 4" x 5 1/4"
  • Whisper White Card Stock (2 pieces): 3 3/4" x 5", 3 1/2" x 3 3/4"
  • Tissue Paper: 4" x 4"
  • Old Olive 1/8" Grosgrain Ribbon

Stamp the greeting onto the larger piece of Whisper White Card Stock, and attach that to the Raspberry Ripple Card Stock. Wrap the ribbon around and tie in a knot. Attach to the scored and folded Old Olive Card Stock.

Now comes the fun part, the Faux Silk. Stamp your images randomly all over the tissue paper. Solid images like these work best. You can stamp off to achieve lighter shades of the same color, as I did with the leaf images. Allow the ink to dry for a few minutes. I stamped my tissue paper first, set it aside to dry and assembled the rest of the card in the meantime.

After a few minutes, crumple the tissue paper up into a ball. Make sure it is a nice tight ball, and give it a few squeezes for extra measure.

Very carefully, so as not to tear it, unfold the ball of tissue and flatten it a little. Do not smooth it out! You want all those beautiful wrinkles. 

Using the Anywhere Glue Stick, cover the remaining piece of white card stock with glue. Make sure you cover it entirely. Gently place the tissue over the card stock and press it down. Once again, do not smooth it out, just press it down, keeping all the wrinkles intact.

After you have pressed the tissue into the glue completely, trim the edges of the overhanging tissue with your paper snips. Your Faux Silk Panel is done!

Attach it to the front of your card base and your card is finished.

Stampin' Up! Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Summer Silhouettes, Sweet Essentials
Card Stock: Whisper White, Raspberry Ripple, Old Olive
Ink Pads: Pretty in Pink, Raspberry Ripple, Old Olive, Basic Black
Accessories: Old Olive 1/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Anywhere Glue Stick
Other: White Tissue Paper

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! Happy Stamping!



Kathi said...

Sandy, this is beautiful! Thank you so much for the tutorial, I am definitely going to try this!

Bette S said...

Very pretty card and it does remind me of a scarf! I've done this in a class a few times and it is a great effect. Will have to do it again. Thanks for sharing - love it!!

Darnell said...

This is really gorgeous, Sandy! Thank you for the fab tutorial. I'll bet this is one of those things that looks even more breathtaking IRL. Like me. Har Har.