I have really been on a color roll. My past several card posts have featured the color ORANGE. Orange you glad of this obsession??
A couple of years ago, I introduced you to a technique in THIS POST. Unfortunately I neglected to provide a tutorial for you on how to do this FAUX SHAVING CREAM technique in a later post. Not sure what happened, but I do apologize. I will try to explain it to you now though.
First of all, however, I must mention that this card is the result of another of those random picks from my Project Life card box. The piece I ended up with was the orange and white print. One side was landscape with a long strip of plain white, while the back side was the same, only in portrait format. I am never comfortable with such busy backgrounds, so struggle somewhat.
What I ended up doing was, of course, using the landscape side, but carefully snipping off the white boring edge along the leaf line. I loved the way that looked. But, then I was left with either a very short card (or narrow), or I needed to come up with something to fill in the blank space I'd created by my fussy cutting.
Because just the flat piece of cardstock seemed too boring, I decided to EMBOSS it! Surprising, huh? A retired embossing folder seemed just the ticket because the resulting embossed vines so closely resembled the vine design in the Project Life background.
To continue with another new In Color, I opted to use Emerald Envy for the contrasting color in my card, both in the inking of the leaves, as well as the cardstock bits.
I will try to explain succinctly how I created this flower and leaves combo.
It is the Faux Shaving Cream technique, and is surprisingly easy to do. Idiot-proof to be exact. And the cool part is that you will never get exactly the same look twice.
Using the Crazy About You stamp set, on page 70 of the new big catalog, provided all the stamping on this card. Oh wait! That's wrong!! I also used the Wetlands set (page 133). What??? you say. WHERE did I use any stamp from the Wetlands set???
OK. Here goes.
I inked up the flower stamp from Crazy About You with Peekaboo Peach. Then I took the uninked foliage stamp from Wetlands in my right hand and touched it to the inked stamp in a few spots, twisting the stamp slightly each time. In this way, I am randomly removing some of the ink I had first applied. Because I am twisting, it creates a marbled look. After your initial twisting, you can look at the inked stamp to see somewhat the design you have created with the dry stamp. If there seems to be too much ink in any place on the stamp, give it a little twist again. Be careful in your twisting as it is easy to mostly remove the ink and you don't get the marble-y effect.
When you are happy, stamp it!
Isn't that just lovely?
I then created the leaves in the same way, only this time using Emerald Envy.
Well, what do you think?? Isn't it an easy way to give your stamped image a lovely look? Give it a try! I know you'll love this technique!