Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Technique Tuesday - Faux Batik

Welcome to Technique Tuesday......today I'm going to give you a good reason to haul out your iron, and no, we won't be pressing clothing!  We're going to make our own patterned paper.  This is what you'll need:

  • cardstock
  • inks you can emboss with, including clear
  • clear embossing powder
  • blending tool or cosmetic sponge (oops....left that out of the photo!)
  • heat tool
  • iron
  • paper towel
  • rubber stamps (another oops!  no stamps in the photo)
Using the clear ink, stamp an image randomly on the cardstock, cover with the clear embossing powder, and set with the heat tool.
Using a color of ink darker than your cardstock, apply all over the paper.
Now it's time to haul out the iron.  Cover the paper with the paper towel (you can also use a piece of copy paper) and using a dry iron on a high setting, iron over everything until the embossing powder melts into the towel.  You don't want any remaining.  The matte finish you'll have looks very much like batik fabric.

You can stop at this step or take it even further.  Here is a piece I did where I started with a lighter color cardstock:
I stamped with the clear ink on yellow cardstock, embossed, heat set, covered the paper with red ink, and removed the embossing powder with the iron.  Now, take a different stamp and repeat the process, hitting areas you didn't previously stamp, but it is fine to overlap onto the previously stamped images as well.
Now take another color ink and again, using your blending tool or cosmetic sponge, cover everything, and remove the embossing powder with the iron as before.

You can see I used green ink, apparent on the yellow images, but when applied over the red background, it looks brown!  Fun to experiment with different colors and see what you get.  This isn't the greatest photo; it really looks beautiful in person.

What did I do with this paper?  For once, I didn't use it in a background.  The challenge theme this week is "Tea Party," and I cut a teacup from this paper and used it in this ATC:
I LOVE the Alice images available at the PID shop!  If you look carefully, you might remember some previous Technique Tuesday backgrounds behind the cup.  Always save your scraps!

Paper Imagery Designs
Design Team

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Angie Hall Haviland said...


2amscrapper said...

knew that iron was good for SOMETHING!

Mel♥ said...

Awesome TEch Eileen !!

Anonymous said...

Now another technique to redo this ugly paper I have laying around here.

Funny you should come out with this today.

Elaine A said...

Eileen -

Great tutorial - I'll have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing with us.

Elaine Allen

Ann said...

love this one..so fun..so many possibilities!!!

Liz-AnnasOnTheLake said...

Wonderful tutorial. I've seen a version of that technique before but never done so beautifully. Very inspiring. Thank you.