Thursday, March 17, 2011

TECHNIQUE THURSDAY, Faux Silk Technique...

For today's technique, I am featuring Faux Silk and using the Dream Gardens stamp set in honor of the Japanese people who are dealing the terrible aftermath of the earthquake in Japan and the Pacific tsunami.  My heart goes out to all those who were affected and my prayers are with them.

The Faux Silk technique is such a fun one to do!  For this card I choose to emboss the Faux Silk pieces.  This is a little more tricky.  Stick to clear embossing powder to avoid stray specks of colored embossing powder which will be emphasized when you mount the tissue on your card stock.  I tend to like more wrinkles in mine especially for Asian style cards, but you can also smooth yours out more if you like.  For the black DSP looking piece, I stamped the background stamp twice with Stazon and trimmed the piece to fit with the Love Letter DSP.  I love that it looks just like a Designer Series Paper. 

I really love how this card turned out!  It's one of my favorites and Jenni is even going to frame hers!

Click this photo to enlarge and view the "silk" detail:

  • Stamp Sets – Dream Gardens (#114395, $18.95)
  • Card Stock – Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red, Love Letter DSP
  • Ink – Basic Black Craft, Black Stazon
  • Ribbon – Chantilly 1/2" Crochet Trim (#118480, $6.95)
  • Punches – 1-1/4" Square (#119865, $15.95), 1-3/8" Square (#119877, $16.95)
  • Accessories – Basic Pearl Jewels Accents (#119247, $4.95), Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder (#109130, $4.75), Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430, $3.95),
  • Tools – Anywhere Glue Stick (#104045, $3.95), Stamp-a-ma-jig

  1. Stamp images on tissue paper.  Use scrap sheet under tissue as ink may bleed through.
  2. Color images lightly and carefully, if necessary. The ink will bleed through the tissue paper.
  3. Wad up tissue paper to crinkle. Smooth out and set aside.
  4. Apply Anywhere Glue Stick over the entire piece of neutral card stock.
  5. Spread tissue paper over adhesive. Smooth out most wrinkles, but leave some.  Be sure to "flatten" all the wrinkles left down into adhesive.
  6. Trim excess tissue paper down to 1/4", mitering the corners.  Apply snail on back side edges and bend the excess around the front to the back to adhere.
  7. Finish your card.


  1. Marie, I found your blog through SUDSOL when you shared the picture of your window decal _that looks so nice -Did you clean your window with any certain product before applying decal? and the flowers you just ordered from our home decor and applied? Then I wanted to tell you this card is beautiful -how thoughtful of you to make a card in honor of the people in Japan-You certainly have your heart in the right place -Thanks for sharing

  2. Marie,
    This card is really one of the most beautiful I've seen made with this set. I would love to make it with my club next month- hope you don't mind. I will of course give you full credit for the design. Really lovely card, TFS!


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