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Stamper: Leslie in Oregon

Stamp credit: ?

How it's done: Crumple up a piece of wax paper, smooth it out and lay it on top of glossy cardstock.  Use a piece of paper under the glossy and on top of the wax paper to protect your ironing board and your iron.  Iron the stack and then take the wax paper off and use a brayer to color the glossy cardstock with dye ink.

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Multicolored Tapestry

Stamper: Tina (SereneGirl)

Stamp Credits: Unknown

Notes: This card was made using the direct to paper method (see "Tapestry" below) but Tina used a lot of colors instead of different shades of one color. The square in the middle is a pin and has clear Beedz around the edges which were applied using Miracle Tape.

Tapestry (to see a version of this using light colors click here): Using dark cardstock, choose 3 or more complementary colors of pigment ink and draw random patterns on the card. In this example I used blues, greens and teals. Make sure you cover the entire card and blend the colors as you go. Using white pigment ink carefully ink the stamp without getting ink on the border (if it's a bordered stamp). I try to make it juiciest in the center of the stamp and fade out using less ink toward the outside edge of the stamp. If you get ink on the border use a paper towel to clean the edges off. Stamp several instances of the image on the cardstock reinking different parts of the stamp with the white pigment.

dark tapestry
Stamp Credit: Magenta
Stamper: Christine Cox

Cover the entire card with clear detail embossing powder. Dump the embossing powder off and heat as usual. You will get a treat as the card goes from a dusty white to a stunning, brightly colored masterpiece!

Celestial: Use JudiKins celestial cube to stamp starry square all over white cardstock. Stop every few images to emboss with embossing powder (I used JudiKins Egyptian Gold). The key to this is to have the squares irregular in intensity and in pattern.

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Webbing Spray: Webbing spray can be used as a very effective background. Use it as a single color or a combination of colors. In this card, I only used gold webbing spray on red cardstock and a smaller piece of white cardstock.

Stamper: Christine Cox

Stamp credit: Seal by JudiKins

Webbing/Foil: Spray webbing spray on cardstock and while still tacky apply foil, rub. Apply more webbing spray and then another application of a contrasting color of foil and rub.

Starry Night: Apply about 3 drops of Embossing fluid to a clean toothbrush. Turn the brush upside down and use your finger to spray the embossing fluid onto the cardstock. Use a very light hand. You will find that you have a lot more than you expect. Pour embossing powder over, dump and heat.

Salt: Spray matte cardstock liberally with water. While still wet, run a brayer loaded with dye ink over the cardstock. Cover with sea salt. If necessary, spray more water on. Allow to dry. When dry, brush the sea salt off.

Sponging and Embossing: Wet and then wring thoroughly a sea sponge. The texture of the sponge will affect your results so take care. Dip sponge into embossing fluid. Tap off extra. Lightly tap onto cardstock taking care to not create any identifiable patterns. Pour embossing powder over, dump and heat.

Bubble Wrap: Tap bubble wrap onto dye ink pad. Put, bubble side down, onto cardstock. Be careful not to slide it or you will smear the image. Run a brayer over the back of the bubble wrap. Carefully lift the bubble wrap away. You can rinse the wrap off and use it again and again.

Tissue Paper: Crinkle up some tissue paper very tightly. Smooth it out. Spray a piece of cardstock with Spray Adhesive. Carefully smooth the tissue paper onto the cardstock. The danger here is getting unsightly large wrinkles.

Clear Embossing: Stamp and emboss an image. After heating, mask off. Using clear pigment ink and clear embossing powder (iridescent clear looks especially nice) stamp the image repeatedly.

Stipple Brush: Using a stipple brush, bounce ink onto cardstock. Use the lightest color first and then the darker color more sparingly.