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Thursday, October 4, 2007

Polished Stone

This is a card made with a polished stone background.


Good morning! I have had several people ask me about the Polished Stone Technique, so today is their lucky day.

This technique can be done using a couple of different inks, so I'll cover them both. You MUST use glossy cardstock for this technique to work properly.

Materials used:
  • Glossy cardstockLeafing Pen (gold, silver or copper)
  • Alcohol (or denatured alcohol)
  • Dye re-inkers (or Pinata alcohol inks)
  • Domino with felt on it (I used velcro on the domino and the felt sticks to it)

Directions:

Using Re-Inkers:

1. Using glossy cardstock, take your dye ink re-inker (any color), put some on the felt on the domino and completely cover the piece of cardstock you are going to use. You can use several different colors, applied one at a time, and blend together where they meet for a really neat look.

2. While this is drying, shake up your Leafing Pen.

3. You can either apply the leafing pen ink to a piece of felt (just dot it), or dot it on the cardstock. Then take the domino with felt and smoosh it around.

4. Spritz with alcohol and watch the leafing pen separate. It looks just like marble.

5. If you aren't happy with it, spritz it again, and rub the wet leafing pen around, then spritz when dry.


Using Pinata Inks:

1. Using glossy cardstock, take your pinata alcohol based ink(any color), put some on the felt on the domino and completely cover the piece of cardstock you are going to use. You can use several different colors and blend together for a really neat look.

2. While this is drying, shake up your Leafing Pen.

3. You can either apply the leafing pen ink to a piece of felt (just dot it), or dot it on the cardstock. Then take the domino with felt and smoosh it around over the inked paper.

4. Spritz with denatured alcohol and watch the leafing pen separate. It looks just like marble. You can also use the clarifying solution that comes with the Pinata Inks instead of the denatured alcohol.

5. If you aren't happy with it, spritz it again, and rub the wet leafing pen around, then spritz when dry.

The scans don't do this technique justice, because you just can't see the leafing pen and how it separates very well, but it is a really fun technique, and makes you cards look really elegant.