Big Sky Stampin' Papercrafting

I have been a crafter most of my life, starting in about 8th grade when I tried to embroider some frogs on a quilt, that I never finished! Although the list of what "I never finished" is long, and includes cross stitch, knitting, crocheting, quilting and more, my latest obsession is paper! I joined Stampin'Up! as an independent demonstrator in October 2011 and have been going like crazy ever since! I offer classes in my home, do catered card parties at your home and sell my cards locally in Bozeman, Montana and around the lovely Gallatin Valley. I would love to meet and talk to you if you are interested in the papercrafting hobby or just need some unique handmade cards for a special occasion!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Glossy Paper Experiment!

Hi Stampers!
When I first discovered the art/hobby of rubber stamping, I was introduced to glossy paper and techniques with ink for it. I tried some things back then, but glossy paper was retired from the Stampin'Up! line up several years ago and I forgot what I had tried. Fast forward to now and glossy paper is back in the annual catalog!  I knew I wanted to give it a go again, but wasn't sure where to start. No secret, I checked out Pinterest where so many of us go for help and ideas. I decided to try something easy first, that anyone could do with a reinker bottle and water spritzer. Here's my card:

The glossy paper piece is the part that looks somewhat tie-dyed.  I used three different reinkers, Peekaboo Peach, Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist. I placed a drop of the ink in several different spots on the glossy paper, actually touching the reinker to the paper. I added about 4 drops of each of the three colors. Leaving the glossy paper where it was, I held a water spritzer right above it and began to spritz the whole area. The more water, the more running of the ink. I let it set briefly and then used a paper towel to gently blot off the excess water and ink. This will turn out different every time you try it but it was really fun and dried remarkably fast.   When it came time to stamp on it, I used Stazon permanent ink, which I highly recommend. Make sure the glossy paper is completely dry before you try to stamp. You can set it aside to dry while you construct your other card elements.  I used the Celebration Thinlits to make my tag decoration, adding some ribbon and bling for fun.

A few friends got to make this card and try this technique in a recent class. Are you curious about this whole papercrafting thing?  I offer many classes throughout the month which are great introductions to the hobby and definitely not for experts only.  Contact me and I'll direct you to a class that will be fun, friendly and creative, no matter what your experience is! My August schedule is starting to fill up and you can check it out by clicking on the SU Website link on the right side bar. Scroll down to see my calendar after you've gotten to the website.

If you're rubber stamping is in a rut, try some glossy paper!  It's a lot of fun!
Happy Stampin'!

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