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« on: November 30, 2006 08:03:00 AM »

I thought it would be cool to start a thread where we share some of our techniques.  I will start off with a simple one that I do (check out the pere noel Christmas ATC in the gallery) with chinese joss paper.  This is just a square sheet with a gold or silver gilded square on it-I buy them whenever I go to Chinatown (way cheaper than craftstore gilding stuff) 

I apply gel medium (a glu stic works too) to my surface then stick the paper on, gilded side down.  Wherever you apply pressure with your fingers (I like the patchy look) the gilding stays behind.  Voila-pretty shiny surfaces!!
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« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2006 08:40:37 AM »

This is a great idea for a thread. I've had a couple of people ask me how I get my edges looking antiqued. To get a look like this:


I hold the card still in my right hand (I'm a lefty), and a pad of pigment ink in my left hand. I "scrape" the ink pad along the edges of the card, going a bit heavier in the corners. For this card, I used black ink, because of all the black already used in the card, but usually I use a brown ink for more of an aged look. I also used that technique in the hat band you see here, to give it more of a 3D look.

I love the way this makes the edges of my cards look.

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« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2006 09:14:18 AM »

Oh I've wanted to know something like that inkpad technique for ages! Have to try it out Smiley Have to get an appropriate inkpad Roll Eyes
Mm, I wish I had a technique to share... if I think of something I'll write it down here Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2006 09:24:17 AM »

I do the same thing racky except I use a makeup sponge wedge thing.  I like your technique much better (unless you really are going for the uneven look!!)   Some ATC's just are crying for some kind of "frame"
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« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2006 10:09:07 AM »

Definitely going to have to try out the inkpad "scraping".  It's an awesome look!

I like to "paint" with fiber-reactive dye...it makes for really intense colors:


Fiber-reactive dye is what's used for fabric dyeing (you can find it in tie-dye kits, or in bottles of single colors at the craft store...I buy mine from here because it's cheap and they're awesome people).

You do have to be very very careful with it (don't mix dye near any place you eat or drink, anything used to mix the dye has to be for dye only, wear a mask when using the powder, the finished product has to be sealed with a varnish, etc.) so it's not really a viable technique for people with young kids or very inquisitive pets unless you have a separate, safe workspace (I don't and I've barely touched my dyes since I got a kitten Sad), but it's one of my favorite looks.
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« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2006 10:48:49 AM »

a_a -- I've been wondering how you did that.  It's really beautiful (I have a card a_a painted that way -- yay me!!)

This is a great thread -- thanks everyone!!
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« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2006 11:21:27 AM »

I totally stole the antiqueing thing from Rakcy. I use a sponge daubers made by Tsukineko.

I'll have to think of a technique that I didn't steal from someone else...
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« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2006 11:33:21 AM »

I totally stole the antiqueing thing from Rakcy. I use a sponge daubers made by Tsukineko.

I'll have to think of a technique that I didn't steal from someone else...

I didn't make up that technique, by any means. I stole it from a scrapbooker I saw on "That's Clever"!  Cool
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« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2006 12:00:38 PM »

Good! I don't feel so bad then!

Ok...if someone wants to know how I do something, let me know and I'll share it with everyone.
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« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2006 12:02:29 PM »

Ok...if someone wants to know how I do something, let me know and I'll share it with everyone.

Ditto for me!  I can't think of anything special I've done to talk about!!
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