Today’s Super Saturday Tutorial is actually a combination of two techniques… Faux Silk, and Faux Mother of Pearl. Although I debated calling it Silk Dress, LOL because that’s what it truly resembles in person!
The Faux Silk Technique is accomplished by stamping on ordinary tissue paper, crumpling, and then attaching the stamped tissue to card stock. You can see an example of this technique HERE.
The Faux Mother of Pearl Technique involves wadding up a piece of plastic wrap (or simply recycle the plastic from Designer Series Paper packaging as I did)… then wetting the crumpled plastic with Frost White Shimmer Paint to create a mottled yet shiny effect. Additional color may be added to the shimmery surface with a Stampin’ Sponge and Classic Ink, or Sponge Dauber. If you want a little more detail, Amanda Coughlin wrote a nice little tutorial back in October 2010 which you can view HERE at Stamp Vamps.
I thought it would be interesting to marry the two techniques into what I call Silken Pearls… and WOW! I love the results, hope you do too! LOL… appropriately, in celebration of the Silken Pearls Technique marriage, today’s card share is a wedding card… get it?
One of those really difficult to capture images, this card glistens with texture and shimmer in person!
Have you ever shirred a ribbon? Basically, you pull a little vertical thread from the end of the ribbon and then find one of the center horizontal threads to gather up the ribbon. You need to work slowly and manipulate the ribbon as the gathers are formed to ensure that the chosen thread doesn’t break. Here, I’ve shirred about 3x the length needed in 5/8” Organza Ribbon.
The tiny Basic Pearl Jewels were added as an afterthought, but it really does complete the card and give it an overall wedding dress theme, doesn’t it?
A little Faux Pearls application to a scrap of Very Vanilla Card Stock gave me a somewhat matching yet stamp-able surface for the Happiness Always greeting from the Happy Greetings Stamp Set. Notice the slight variation in ink intensity as it engages with the shimmer paint? If you didn’t want that look, it would be resolved by stamping instead with Versamark ink and embossing with color embossing powder.
So… if you’re interested in seeing how the Silken Pearls technique was executed, here’s today’s Super Saturday Tutorial and another variation as well!
- Very Vanilla Card Stock cut slightly larger than what you hope to end up with (mine was 4” x 5-1/4” and my final piece was 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”)
- White Frost Shimmer Paint
- Recycled plastic packaging or plastic wrap
- Ordinary Tissue Paper cut 1” to 1-1/2” larger than desired finished piece (mine was 5” x 6” to start)
- Multipurpose Adhesive
- Grid Paper or something to protect your stamping surface
Super Saturday: Silken Pearls Tutorial
Step by Step Instructions:
- Cover stamping surface with grid paper or a protective and absorbent layer.
- Lay cut tissue paper on protected surface.
- Shake Frost White Shimmer Paint well… don’t worry about getting bubbles in the paint, they will actually work to your advantage! Remove lid and place where it won’t be knocked over.
- Wad plastic wrap into a ball… check to make sure the base is not flat but full of texture. I found it easier to gather my plastic wrap first in the center, and then pick up the four corners, adding them to my pinch of plastic.
- While continuing to pinch the wadded plastic wrap, place it tightly against the mouth of the Frost Shimmer Paint Bottle, and quickly invert the bottle. (You could also pick it up from the lid of the bottle, or from a palette or paper plate.)
- Using an up and down ‘pouncing’ motion, apply the frost white shimmer paint to the tissue. Move around a LOT… try not to keep pouncing in the same place. When you run out of paint, simply pick some more up from your first pounces by dabbing it with the plastic wrap.
- Check to see that your tissue is adequately covered with Frost White Shimmer Paint. You want to see bare areas of tissue paper, and pounced areas as well. If you have pounced too much in one place, it will have more of a big ‘blob’ appearance.
- The frost white shimmer paint will dry quite rapidly… you can speed it up by waving the pounced tissue in the air, blowing on it, or using a heat tool (carefully) to dry.
- Once dry, wad it up into a tight ball.
- Open it up, and wad it up into a tight ball again… repeat until adequately wrinkled in appearance. Here’s a photo of what my tissue looked like…
- Flatten out the tissue so that it is just slightly larger than Very Vanilla Card Stock piece, set aside with the shiny crinkled side facing up.
- Apply a thin layer of Multipurpose Adhesive to the piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock, covering the entire surface.
- Pick up pounced tissue paper and place on top of Multipurpose Adhesive covered card stock.
- Gently pat down to ensure that it is attached. Your piece should have lots of texture from wrinkles patted into place. Ideally, you should have the tissue reach all the edges of the card stock… but if it doesn’t no big deal… that’s why we cut it slightly larger to begin with.
- If you’re not completely happy with the resultant shimmer, you can add more using the same procedure as in steps three through six.
- Once dry, trim off excess tissue and square up the piece so that you can use it on your card front.
So… my next thought was what if… I added the piece to colored card stock, hmm…
LOL… you already saw a sneak peek of what it would look like in step 14 above! Wouldn’t this be a fabulous background for a mermaid or fish?
Hope you enjoyed today’s Super Saturday Silken Pearls Tutorial! I’m sticking with this theme tomorrow as I bring you a couple new Faux Pearls Cards. Hope you’ll stop back by to say hi!