Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Vintage Inventor and Faux Batik

Hi Bloggers,

Today I'm sharing a card made with the Creative Expressions Vintage Inventor stamp sets.

This card uses the faux batik technique on the background. Sue Wilson taught me this technique a couple of years ago and I love it! You can use any stamps for the background. The Vintage Inventor series from Creative Expressions contains lots of stamps which are suitable.

I used a piece of white cardstock and wiped it with my anti-static pad. I stamped some cogs using Perfect Medium (I used a cog from each of the stamp sets - Vintage Inventor, Vintage Illusion and Vintage Treasures). I then embossed them with Cosmic Shimmer Clear Embossing Powder.

The fun part (or hard part depending on your perspective) comes next. I folded the stamped card this way and that way all over making sure that the folds were sharp by using my bone folder. The more you do and the more random the better. I turned the card over and did some folds going the other way.

I then spritzed the card with some water to break up the fibres a little. The next bit works really well if you have a Big & Juicy Ink Pad. However, these have been discontinued so we need to look at alternatives. You can used Adirondack Dye Inks or any other dye based ink. Here I have used Pine Needles and Faded Jeans Distress Ink. I used 2 brayers (you can use one but you must clean and dry it when you swap inks). I inked up the first brayer with Pine Needles and ran it over the centre of my design diagonally. I then inked up the other brayer with Faded Jeans and ran it over the remaining white apace. The embossed areas resist the ink and the ink is concentrated along the folds. I set it aside to dry.

I stamped Mr. Inventor using Jet Black Archival Ink and embossed him with Cosmic Shimmer Clear Embossing Powder. I cut the image out using a Spellbinders Labels Eight die and inked around the edges with Pine Needles Distress Ink while still ink the die. I cut a mat out of white card using a Spellbinders Labels Twenty die and inked around the edges with Faded Jeans Distress Ink while still in the die.

I stamped 2 large tickets from the Creative Expressions Tickets stamp set using Jet Black Archival Ink and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Clear Embossing Powder.

I swiped some Pine Needles Distress Ink onto my Creative Expressions Non-Stick Craft Sheet and added a little water to it using a paint brush. I coloured in the tickets and Mr. Inventor as shown. I cleaned my craft sheet and repeated the process with Faded Jeans.

I stamped the sentiment from the Vintage Illusion set with Jet Black Archival and embossed with the clear powder. I cut it out using a Spellbinders Double-Ended Tag die and inked around the edges with Faded Jeans Distress Ink while still in the die.

I assembled the card as shown securing the sentiment with some Creative Expressions Faux Screw Brads in Antique Silver.

Hope you like the card.

I'm sharing this card with Make It Monday #70.

Thanks for stopping by.



  1. Hi Julie

    Great card! The work you put in to creating the textured background has really paid off with the end result looking fantastic!

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    Michelle :o)

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  2. Wow, wow, and did I mention WOW? This is truly a perfect background for the vintage image. Love that technique. I've emboss resisted before, but never used the folding technique like it and WILL be trying this soon. :)
    Your card looks just amazing and the color combination is spot on!

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