One technique that I was excited about doing with Flower Garden was Faux Batik. Last August I wrote on my blog about how I came to develop this version of Faux Batik. Here is part of that post.
"Last year we had an opportunity to visit St. Kitts. A little Caribbean Island that is known for its Carabelle Batik. We went to Romney Manor to see first hand how it was done. The beauty there is amazing...and is truly reflected in the work they do! While there watching them hand create, melting the wax and carefully outlining...it occurred to me how neat it would be to transfer this process to paper. The wheels started turning. Faux batik has been done...but Ive never felt that the effect is true or close enough to the real deal. After coming home I realized that I could replace Rubber cement for the wax that is used on cloth and thus my version of Faux Batik was born."
Today I will show you how I do this rustic technique!
First... I use a cardstock with very little tooth... Cryogen White by Curious is my favorite for this.
After you stamp the images how you want them, apply rubber cement over the areas you want to Faux Batik.
The next step is to take a tack and slowly scrape in a pattern.Now it's time for the spray! I love Memories Mist that Stewart Superior carries when doing this technique. The ink is just diluted enough to seep in the scrapped areas! After you spray, let the ink sit for a minute to allow some saturation.
Next, dab off the excess ink with a paper towel or rag.
Now, set it aside for about ten minutes. This will allow the paper to dry for the next step.
After the paper is completely dry you can proceed with the next step. Gently roll the Rubber Cement off of the image. (If the paper is still damp the rubber cement will tear the paper.)
Here is the finished card!
This card also uses a sentiment and the bee image from Flower Garden Sentiments! I love this little bee... there is a mini bee trail image in the set as well.
Oh... I have one more project to share for today!
This is a simple and quick tote bag created using The Flower Garden Stamp set, Puffy Velvet Markers, PTI Ribbon and SEI Buttons. The Tote is by Loew-Cornel.
I simply stamped the images in lighter ink, traced over it with the pens, heat set then decorated it! Easy stuff and a quick gift!
So today I shared something that I discovered in a HOT, Tropical place and something that needed to be Hot to activate! Hot, Hot, Hot! Heehee!
Tomorrow is the last day of the Flower Garden and Flower Garden Sentiments countdown. I have several eye candy projects for you...see you then!
All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted
Flower and Bee Card