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Monday, August 24, 2009

Go Faux: Layers & Stitching

You'll find the finished card at the end of this post! These are the steps I used to make my faux layers and faux stitching. To see a larger view of any photo, right click on the image and open a new window or tab.

Step 1: I used post-it notes to mask a "layer". Then I sponged the area with certainly celery. I didn't use my normal sponging movement that I would use when sponging edges. Instead, I first dabbed it on the post-it note to make a lighter shade, then I pushed it down on the paper, and instead of swiping, I smooshed and twisted.

Step 2: I then inked my stamp and stamped the image multiple times to create a designer paper look. I reinked between each stamped image. I did not stamp off first on the post-it. I wanted a slightly darker shade than the sponging.

Step 3: Once your faux layers are done and the post-it notes are removed, it's time to spice up the faux layer with faux stitching. There are multiple ways to create the illusion of stitching. This is the method I used. I used a paper piercer and template (Stampin' Up's mat stack) along all of the borders. (Above photo) When that was done, I used a marker of the same color (you can use a darker shade of the same color if desired). With the marker, I traced along the dotted line created by the piercing. (Photo Below)

The card below is the finished design. I used today's DRS Designs' sketch challenge found on their blog here. I cut and layered 3 checkboard flowers (D372) and glued a button on the top flower. Here's the surprise... then I used Swirling Snowflakes (F168) as a starting point for my "wind blown" mini flowers. The mini flowers were made with an EK Success punch with SU designer paper. I glued some flowers on the snowflakes and then added a few more falling down the edge of the faux layer. Once I had the dots started from the Swirling Snowflakes image, it was easy to continue a dotted pattern with my certainly celery marker. You'll find the recipe below.

DRS Stamps: Checkerboard Flower, Swirling Snowflakes
Paper: white, certainly celery, SU dsp: rose red, regal rose, apricot appeal, pumpkin pie, certainly celery, retired Loves Me dsp
Ink: pumpkin pie, mambo melon, certainly celery
Accessories: paper piercer & template (SU mat stack), button, SU celery marker
Techniques: faux layers, faux stitching



Vera said...

This is so pretty! I love your tutorial, Jen!


Cute and so creative! Gotta remember this one! TFS

Georgia said...

I love this technique! Thank you for the tutorial. Your card is so pretty!

Kerri said...

What an awesome tutorial, Jen! Thank you so much for sharing, and your finished card is BEAUTIFUL!!!

Jennifer E. said...

WOW! Thanks for the tutorial! I would have never thought just by looking at you card that it was faux layers & stitiching! Great job!

Antje said...

This is a great technique - I think I head right now to my desk to try it out! Your card looks so need!! Thanks for showing and sharing!

Marie said...

This card is FABULOUS!!! I love, love, love it!!! The colors are so refreshing, and I love the LO. . TFS!

Cindy H. said...

Love the techniques! TFS!!

Sue Van said...

I love your faux layers, this is fantastic. I am going to have to try my hand at this.