Monday, March 5, 2012

Solitaire The Prettiest Ribbons

I create this ATCs for the new Fashonista challenge at  Art With No Boundaries March challenge.   The theme is naturally all about Fashion and can include the use of fabric, lace, ribbons, safety pins, and snaps etc. The main focal point for this ATC is Solitaire Mummyfied / Ribbons and she is one of my original digital designs from my Solitaire Digital Design Series. I originally created this design for Halloween but I think she is not only lovely to look at but quite versatile and I love using her all year around. She has been colored using a Red Sharpie Marker and her face has been partially covered with a bit of see-through glitter ribbon, I bought a few years ago. The Prettiest Ribbons Sentiment is one of my original quotes from my recently released Express Yourself Series.

I love making my own elements which includes background papers to use in my projects and I made the red and black background behind Solitaire. The flower petals peeking out from behind were punched and recycled from a greeting card that had alot of gold on it.

Background Technique / Embossing Folder Wax Resist how to:
1. Lay a piece of text weight printer paper inside and over one side of a Cuttlebug folder. The side you choose use will produce different results as one side will be a positive of the design and the other a reverse giving you different raised areas on each side.

2. Hold your paper and your folder securely with one hand to make sure your paper does not move and obliterate your pattern. Using a small block of  paraffin wax, or a piece of broken candle rub over the entire area of your paper directly covering pattern on the folder.

3. Once you have the desired wax coverage remove your paper from your folder and paint over the surface with India ink, a watercolor wash or use the Direct to Paper Technique. The raised area of your design which will contain the most amount of wax will repelled the ink, watercolor or whatever you use to wash over your piece. This technique is similar to Batik and you can even distress your pattern a bit by wrinkling your paper before you apply your ink.

4.) Once the ink is dry use a used dryer sheet or paper towel to rub off any excess wax. On some paper this will even produce a bit of a gloss to your paper.

5. To give your paper extra body, especially if you are using text weight paper, you can glue it onto a scrap piece of card stock.

Although you can use pretty much any weight of paper for this technique, the thinness of text weight paper picks up the relief  of the pattern better than heavier card stock. Wax crayons and even Prismacolor pencils which also have a bit of wax in them can be substituted for the paraffin wax for some wonderful results. The example on the top left was done on pink paper  using several  different colors of Prismacolor penciled after which a light watercolor wash was applied.

Final Note: Besides textured Cuttlebug Folders, you can use anything that has a raised texture to create your patterned backgrounds including wicker place-mats or even iron grates. It is similar to the rubbings often  done on gravestones. I also do genealogy so I  have done more than my share of these and love the look of adding color to my rubbings.

The Background on the right was made from a page from an old catalog. The catalog was printed on red paper and I love the fact that it had printing on it and decided to make several background from it.

I Hope you have enjoyed this mini tutorial, if you found it helpful, please let me know by leaving me a comment.

Solitaire / The Prettiest Ribbons has been entered in the following challenges:
Art With No Boundaries March Fashionista Challenge
Always Crafting / Anything Goes 
Inspire Me Fridays / Link Party Anything Goes 
Make It Monday / Link Party Anyrhing Goes 
Smudgy Antics /  Anything Goes    I just recently found this challenge and love the Edginess of it


Sharon said...

Great tutorial Chris - I will have to try that - very effecitve for a background!! And I just LOVE your Mummyfied Solitaire ATC - one of my favourite designs!!

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-x-Nat-x- said...

That's such a clever idea! Definitely have to give that a go!! Absolutely stunning ATC!
Saw this over at MIM!
Nat -x-

Rosie Gustafson said...

Very unusual card, I love it!!! Love how different it is, great imagination. Thank you for sharing on MIM.

I Don't Do Straight said...

Lovely card.....Beautiful background and image.....FAB!
Thanks for sharing with us at Smudgy Antics this week :)

monique said...

beautiful card, thanks for sharing at smudgy antics

~Lady B~ said...

Cool ATC, Awesome Sentiment, and Brilliant background technique! Such a dynamic piece! Thanks for playing with Smudgy Antics :)

ike said...

Cool background TuT - thank you for that. Lovely ATC - thank you for joining us at Smudgy Antics :-)

Croms' Cubby Hole said...

Hi Chris, Lovely ATC with that gorgeous ribbon. Great tut on the backing paper. Thank you for sharing this with us at Smudgy Antics this week.

MezzoKat said...

Lovely Solitaire ATC, Chris. It made me think of cancer patients who lose their hair from Chimo treatment and wear lovely scarves and hats while their hair grows back.
Thanks for the tutorial--I'll have to try this out!

blackdragon said...

Great tutorial Chris..thanks. Lovely ATC...thanks for sharing with us at Smudgy antics this week.

Lukrut*s Muse said...

That is so impressive! Image + wordart = stunning!
♥ Good luck in MIM

CTgirl said...

Chris, this is just gorgeous! Love the tutorial, thanks so much!