Saturday, May 1, 2010

National Scrapbook Day challenge....

The whole design team is posting color challenges over at Memorable Seasons to celebrate National Scrapbook Day! Here's one of my challenges along with a photo tutorial.

Black is a color that is seen as timeless and's a classic. When paired with other colors, the black makes the colors stand out more. For this challenge, we will be using a technique that will lend a classic elegance to your page...or at least give you some awesome texture! :) The technique is called Faux Silk and it's really an easy technique with tons of possibilities!

Here's the challenge details:
Theme for photos used on layout will be your choice.
You will need to use the faux linen technique in some manner on your layout.
You need to incorporate the color black into your layout so your colors pop.

Here's the Faux Silk Directions:
You will need white tissue paper cut a little bigger than your paper you will be covering. You can either stamp your own background paper or apply the tissue directly to a pattern paper...again, each variation will give you a different look.
The basic directions for this technique include adding some adhesive (glue stick or mod podge) to the cardstock or pattern paper and then patting the tissue paper down on top, letting it wrinkle. Then you fold your edges of the tissue around the paper and glue the edges down on the backside. You can then leave it as is, or add some mod podge clear glue on top, or even ink it. The possibilities are endless!
* I will give you guys a few hints that I discovered...if you are stamping on the tissue itself, the tissue will bleed your ink color a bit. This can be a cool look, but if you want to have a crisp stamped image, stamp on the cardstock instead, then apply the tissue on top. And when stamping, you will want to use a glue stick as the liquid mod podge can smear your stamped image. When using pattern paper, you can use mod podge or gluestick to adhere your tissue. I didn't find any major differences there. I did like the added translucency I got when I put mod podge directly on top of the tissue as a top coat. You can also use an ink pad or a sponge to tint your tissue paper--either before you crinkle it, or after it's adhered to your cardstock layer.

Examples of Variations:
 A: Original piece of pattern paper
B: Tissue adhered with gluestick on base
C: Tissue adhered with mod podge on base
D: Tissue adhered with mod podge on base, top coat of mod podge
E: Gluestick base with ink on top of tissue
F: Mod podge base with ink on top of tissue
A: Stamped on tissue, glue stick to base ** note stamped image bled on tissue**
B: Stamped on tissue, mod podge to base to base ** note stamped image bled on tissue**
C: Stamped on base, tissue adhered to base with glue stick **crisp stamped image, no bleeding**
D: Stamped on base, tissue adhered to base with mod podge **crisp stamped image, ink color bled slightly when applying liquid glue to base**

Here's my layout:
I also used the same Faux Silk Technique with my title letters too....
Colored my paper in a pattern to add some pop of color.
Altered the chipboard letters so I could paint them red.
Then did the same Faux Silk Technique on the letters too...
 I added a few more details...
Then here are some close up photos of the finished layout.
Supplies used:
October Afternoon Fly a Kite:
-Sprinklers paper
-Lemonade paper
-Label Stickers
Black and Red cardstock
Prima flowers
Black Gems
Fiskars Threading Water border punch
White tissue paper, glue stick
Ranger Distress Inks: Brushed Corduroy, Antique Linen
red colored pencil, black pen

If you have any questions, please let me know! I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with for this challenge! Be sure to post your layouts over on this thread at Memorable Seasons for a chance to win a gift certificate to the store!


Tracy said...

I have seen this technique before, didn't know of this many ways of doing it though.
Love how you layout turned out.

Mod Podge Amy said...

Oh my, that's fabulous! Turned out great!

Pamela O'Connor said...

Hey there Megan! What an awesome technique and you did a fabulous job on the tutorial. I can't wait to give it a try. Have a blessed day!