Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Faux Linen

One of the bloggers challenge players had a card last week using a technique that was new to me. It was called Faux Linen. I thought it was so cool I gave it a try. I stamped the branch from Stampin' Up!'s Embrace Life stamp set onto glossy white cardstock with Not quite navy classic ink and colored in the flowers with a brocade blue marker. I let it dry for a minute and then used the sanding block to gently sand across the paper in both directions. Then I took a sponge and inked it up with the Not quite navy pad and rubbed it across the sanded paper. The ink highlighted the scratches and makes the cardstock look like linen! Isn't that cool? I mounted my new faux linen onto a piece of Not quite navy, brocade blue and then not quite navy again as the card base. I used mini brads from the hodge podge hardward kit in each corner and tied a white tafetta ribbon around the front. The scallop punch highlights words from the Lots of Thoughts Sellabration set. I used my NQN marker to ink up the words so I could omit the bottom line. It fit better that way. When I was all done, I went back and highlights some flower centers with my white gel pen to brighten it up. The card was fairly quick to make. Give it a try!

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