Friday, October 22, 2010


Last night was my Technique Thursday class.  Most of the attendees are big time Halloween enthusiasts, so I had to make Halloween cards, of course!   For the first project, we learned the Faux Suede technique.  I thought that the texture lent itself well to the Spooky Halloween feeling.  I kept the card itself simple so that the Faux Suede piece would be featured well.  There is lots of texture though with the flocked paper, the Faux Suede piece, the lace trim and the glittery embossing.  Technique directions follow the recipe.  Tomorrow I will share another technique.  Enjoy!

I also did this version with the Faux Suede piece being embossed with the Spider Web Embossing Folder.  Ultimately, I decided that it "crushed" some of the Faux Suede characteristics, so I decided to go with the plain version that showed off the technique better:

  • Stamp Sets – Midnight Raven (#116529, $7.95)
  • Card Stock – Basic Black, Whisper White, Wicked Fun Specialty DSP (#117400, $11.95)
  • Ink – Cajun Craze, Basic Black Classic, Basic Black Craft
  • Ribbon – Raven 1/2" Lace Trim (#120988, $5.95)
  • Accessories – Iridescent Embossing Powder, Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430, $3.95)
  • Tools – Big Shot, Top Note Die (#113463, $21.95), Ovals Die (#114525, $15.95), Stampin' Sponges

  1. This technique looks especially nice with black or dark card stock.
  2. Curl a piece of cardstock between your thumb and your bone folder as if you were curling ribbon. Curl it in all directions until you see the corners start to separate.
  3. You can also crumble or run it through a crimper many times.  The main idea is that you are breaking down the fibers of the cardstock to separate it.  The more you work your cardstock, the easier it will separate.
  4. Stick your thumb nails between the two layers and slowly pull them apart. If you meet some resistance, curl your cardstock again. 
  5. Voila!  You now have Faux Suede!  Isn't it fab?

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