Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Kirsten’s Tuesday Tutorial – Tissue Paper

Yes, I know it’s Wednesday.  I wrote this on Monday & scheduled it to post yesterday morning, but due to the idiosyncrasies of Blogger, the entire post has vanished.  So I’ve had to write it all over again.  Sigh.  Anyway, onwards.
Using tissue paper is a great way to add interest & texture to a project & today I’m going to show you how easy it is to make  the background piece that I used on the this card.  I’ve used Artemio stamps & the link to them will be at the end of this post.

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First, you need;
  • Tissue paper
  • Permanent ink, (Archival, Stazon, Versafine)
  • Piece of card
  • Stamp

Tear or cut a piece of tissue paper slightly bigger than your piece of card, stamp the image onto it & dry thoroughly with a heat tool.  For this project, the resulting image doesn’t need to be perfect.  Archival inks will dry quite quickly on tissue paper, but Stazon & especially Versafine inks will take longer – dry on both sides of the paper too.  Interestingly, a Versafine ink will give a much better impression if you’re using a very detailed stamp.

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Next, use a paintbrush to cover your card with a wet glue.  I’ve used Mod Podge here, you can also use an ordinary PVA glue.  If you haven’t done this before, choose an ordinary, cheap paintbrush & keep it solely for applying glue.  Also put it straight into some water & leave it there until you next need it.  Otherwise, the glue will dry & the brush will be useless.

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Gently lay the tissue paper onto the wet glue.

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With your fingers start making creases & folds in the paper, by pushing it down onto the card & towards itself.  Do this carefully, the odd tear is fine, but you don’t want to overdo it.  When you’re satisfied with the creases, set the piece aside to dry completely.

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When it’s dry, tear or cut carefully around the edge & smooth with a sanding block.

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Next add some distress inks.  I used Old Paper & Vintage Photo.

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I used watercolour pens to colour the flower & the bees.

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And the finished card again.

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I’ll show you some other ways of using tissue paper in a future tutorial.


There are still a few days left to make something for the blog challenge, all the details are on the challenge page.  I’ll be back on Saturday with a new challenge for June.  Until then, happy crafting.


1 comment:

  1. Lovely summer project Kirst, I love it! Hugs Lisa.B.x


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