June 15, 2016


I've got a multi-faceted treat for you with this post!

I will show you two ways of doing one technique, giving you a different look with each option. Then we will explore a wet-on-wet background technique. And I will give you a detailed tutorial for everything!

A very masculine-looking card, this Faux Suede Goose is perfect for Father's Day. The Faux Suede Technique is an oldie but a goodie and lends itself to a perfect backdrop for this majesterial Canada goose.


The following photo depicts the first option of doing this technique. It gives a more even, flatter background piece with less character than the second way I will show you how to do it.

After creating the first sample, I decided I wanted to show it the second way, but didn't go so far as to complete the entire card, just enough to show the difference.

  Can you see that the second option has much more character and dimension?

Then, this is a close-up view of the wet-on-wet technique that we will be exploring in the tutorial.

Ready?? Let's get started!

Wetlands stamp set

Always Artichoke cardstock
Crumb Cake cardstock
Basic Black cardstock
Watercolor paper

VersaMark ink
Marina Mist Reinker
Black ink (for sentiment inside)

Big Shot
Swirly Scribble Thinlits
Embossing Buddy
Black Embossing Powder
Heat Tool
Water Mister
Aqua Painter
Bone Folder

Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of Crumb Cake cardstock in half, creasing it well with a bone folder.

OPTION 1: Take a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of Always Artichoke cardstock in your hand and run along all the edges with a bone folder like you are curling ribbon many many times. You are breaking the fibers within the paper. Just be careful that you don't tear the paper in the process. As one of the corners starts to separate, gently try to tear apart the layers of paper. If you get resistance, don't force it; just continue with the bone folder. On all the edges and corners. This can take several minutes. Keep trying to separate the paper layers until you finally succeed. If you are lucky, you will have two pieces of faux suede paper to work with!

OPTION 2: Crumple the paper in your hands several times. That will start the fiber-breaking process. Continue with the bone folder. The end result will be a faux suede with a pleasing texture, compared to the smoother one without the crumpling.

Cut the long decorative piece from black cardstock using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits (page 194 of the new Annual Catalog). Adhere it running down the center of the faux suede piece you just created. Snip off the excess ends.

Attach this piece to a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Crumb Cake cardstock.

Use a few Stampin' Dimensionals to attach this to the card base.

Rub the Embossing Buddy well over a 2 1/3" x 2 3/4" piece of watercolor paper.  Stamp the goose in the center with VersaMark ink. At the Heat Station, cover the stamped image with Black Embossing Powder, tapping the excess powder back into its container. Use the Heat Tool to emboss the goose. Make sure the entire image is shiny and set.

With an Aqua Painter, wet the area outside the goose well with water. Using the tip of the Aqua Painter, pick up a bit of the Marina Mist Reinker and drop it into the wet area. Use the Aqua Painter to move the ink around until you are pleased with the look. Letting it sit for any amount of time in one place will result in a dark spot. Because there is a separation in the feathers on the back of the goose, some of the ink may enter the goose image. If you catch it in time, dab the runaway ink with a tissue. You can use the Heat Tool to hurry along the drying process.

Adhere the finished goose to a 2 5/8" x 2 7/8" piece of Basic Black cardstock, then adhere this piece over the black wavy piece.

Stamp inside the card chosen sentiment in black. My card sports "Happy Father's Day".



  1. This is just adorable!! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my AMAZING Facebook Group with over 300 Members to share easy craft projects and recipes: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  2. This is not only great for Father's Day but masculine birthday's as well. Thanks for linking up with us this week at Celebrate Your Story.

  3. Another lovely card Linda!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday! Hope to see you again tomorrow! Pinned!

  4. Wow- beautiful!! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW's DIY party!

  5. Linda I love this more masculine variation. Men are so hard to create for! Thanks for sharing at Five Star Frou-Frou this week. I hope you'll join me again for the new linkup. Mimi xxx