Monday, December 27, 2010

An epiphany worth noting

Yesterday I had an epiphany. These epiphanies come with absolutely no warning and occasionally at the most inopportune moments. But they are epiphanies none the less. So this particular epiphany (have you noticed the word epiphany starts to sound really funny when you say it over and over?) happened in part because of my bathroom wallpaper. Which I will now show you.
Notice the flecks of metalic copper. I really love love love this effect and wanted to create it on paper. Or at least a similar effect. And so here is a tutorial of how I did exactly that. I used: no stick craft sheet (I use ranger inks because I <3 them), perfect pearls in heirloom gold, victorian velvet distress ink, walnut stain distress ink, mini mister, heat tool, ink blending tool, kitchen sponge, annnnnnd of course paper.

Step 1.
I inked the paper in victorian velvet. I've had an obsession with that color as of late. Starting on the craft sheet of course so you don't get harsh lines. Although the paper is going to get wet so it is going to blend some.

Step 2.

Ink craft sheet in walnut stain. Note that this step is obviously optional. I just like the look of it.

Step 3.

Take your already premoistened and wrung out kitchen sponge and wipe up all the inky goodness. It should look like such:

If it doesn't look inky enough just add more.

Step 4.

Sponge your inked paper! I did it lightly so as not to drench it by squeezing water out of the sponge. You really just want to stamp it lightly.

Step 5.

Blast it with the heat tool til dry. Pretty nifty effect ay?

Step 6.

Take a craft stick full of perfect pearls and dump it on your craft sheet. I used heirloom gold, that is my absolute favorite color. You can use more or less depending on the effect you want.

Step 7.

Mist it!!!!! Remember perfect pearls has a fixant that works as soon as its made wet. So be sure to close your jar before you start misting :)

Step 8.
Dunk your sponge in it. (after rinsing the ink out of it, incidentally) I liked using just one corner of the sponge for this. I felt like I had more control and like I wasted less perfect pearls.

Step 9.
Repeat the light stamping motion. If you feel like the paper is damp you can blast it real quick with the heat tool again. I found it dried pretty fast so I didn't have to.

Step 10.

All done! I took these with my point and shoot so they came out absolutely terrible but I took a few different pics with and without flash so hopefully you can get an idea of the effect it gives you. I just love it! Expect to see this effect on a lot of my work to come.  Until I get bored of it and move on to something else :)


  1. Sweet. Also, I like your nail polish. What color is it?

  2. No idea haha. I got it at joyce leslie.

  3. PReTTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you make a whole paper backdrop like that! haha

  4. It'll take a lot of everything but sure haha. We need to find a really big sponge.....

  5. cool effects, great technique!