Today’s Super Saturday Tutorial will walk you step by step through how to create TWO puffy backgrounds… Sky AND Camouflage… but before we get started, I’d like to give you a tip for cleaning your bone folder!
By the end of a fancy fold class, my bone folder often looks like it had been run over by a semi truck… really grunged out, covered with ink and glue. I’ve tried several different things to clean the bone folder, and have even purchased new ones because I couldn’t stand the grungy appearance!
Some of the things I’ve tried to use to clean the bone folder: Rubbing Alcohol, Soap and Water, and Goo Gone (the latter.. a BIG mistake!
Staring at the ridiculously filthy tool, it occurred to me that something else might work…
TODAY’s Tip: How to clean your bone folder!
Reach under the kitchen sink, and pull out your Stove Top Cleaner (I used a product called Cerama-Brite). Lo and behold… it works like a dream to clean up and polish that bone folder!
The background behind today’s Puffy Vellum Tutorial:
Last week, while demonstrating how to emboss on card stock vellum, something very interesting occurred… and it was one of those now famous “Creative Opportunities"!
What happened? The vellum card stock over heated and puffed, creating a pillow like effect beneath the embossed image. I was both amazed and intrigued… we all got a good laugh out of it, and I promised myself to turn the vellum puff boo-boo into a creative opportunity and new Super Saturday Tutorial.
And thus Vellum Puff Sky and Camouflage was born! Here is the card I made to demonstrate a way to use vellum puffs to your advantage!
LOL… once again using the fabulous Summer Mini Catalog Stamp Set “The Open Sea” and triple doily punched accent behind the compass.
The vellum puff sky is very textural… back the piece with Whisper White Card Stock using Multi-Purpose Adhesive and hold in place to flatten a bit.
Interested? Read on…
Step by Step Vellum Puff Sky Super Saturday Tutorial:
- Turn on your heat tool… a pre-heated gun (heat tool) much more efficiently than a cool one.
- Apply bashful blue classic ink direct from the pad to one side of the vellum card stock.
- Hold card stock with tweezers and carefully heat the un-inked side with the heat tool. Don’t move it around, just point and shoot at one spot until it puffs. LOL it makes a very surprising noise! Take care not to over-heat or you will get a nice yellow brown burn spot!
- Move the heat tool to another spot, and repeat step 3 until your vellum is sufficiently covered with puffs!
Hints and Notes:
- Start with a piece of vellum card stock larger than you plan to use in your project. This will allow you to square the piece after puffing.
- If you don’t feel your sky background has enough contrast, add more Bashful Blue Classic Ink to the already inked side.
- Use a brayer and medium pressure to flatten out the puffed piece… it will not flatten all the way, but will make it a bit more manageable.
- Use the wide end of Multi-Purpose Adhesive to apply a thin layer of glue to the inked side of the puffy sky and attach to a similar sized piece of Whisper White Card Stock. Flatten and hold edges in place until dry, then you can trim to desired size.
- If you do get a burn spot, use Stampin’ Dimensionals to add an image to cover the spot!
After creating the card shown above, I thought perhaps this technique would make a fabulous animal print. LOL, I guess I chose the wrong colors because I ended up with Camouflage instead!
Puffy Vellum Camouflage… Step by Step!
- Use a sponge dauber to apply random spots (or dots) of classic ink colors to one side of Vellum Card Stock. In this sample, Basic Black, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso, and Old Olive were applied.
- Hold the card stock piece with tweezers, and heat the non-inked side with a pre-heated heat tool. Don’t move the gun around, just hold in one place until it puffs! LOL.. this shot was also before I added the old olive ink… when I was trying to get animal print!
- Burn spots? No big deal.. just don’t set the house on fire!
- Use Old Olive Classic Ink Pad and apply ink to un-inked side of puffed card stock.
The dry, heated and puffed Vellum Card Stock soaks up the ink quite well! Now… if only I owned the Courage stamp set with the praying soldier… wouldn’t this be a fabulous background?
Maybe I’ll try some different colors too, maybe oranges, browns, and yellows… I’m still holding out for that animal print background!
Hope you enjoyed today’s Super Saturday Dual Tutorials on Puffy Vellum and Bone Folder Tip! I’d love to see what you do with this technique! Use the contact me tab to send a letter and share your art work. If you do, I’d be happy to share your artwork here on Created By You, along with a link to your online gallery or blog… be sure to write that I have permission to do so!
June is flying by so quickly! There’s just a few more days to take advantage of the Last Chance Stamp and Accessories Lists! Although many accessories have already sold out, all stamp sets are still available as they are made to order by Stampin’ Up! Visit my online Stampin’ Up Store to order your retiring stamps and supplies today!
Tomorrow is Fathers’ Day… hope you have a wonderful time planned with those near and dear to you!