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Saturday, January 29, 2011

faux silk...

Happy Saturday!
I'm glad you stopped by for a little inspiration!

Lately, things have been a little crazy around my house... Well, ok, REALLY crazy!  We decided that we should sell the house we have lived in for the the past 24 years, leave the STATE I've lived in my whole life, and buy a house on several acres of land (and a ton more rain than I'm used to!) on the western side of Washington state... Are we crazy? Probably! LOL!

Anyway, we have been going through things for a while now to get rid of the things we don't need anymore. In doing so, I have come across a ton of white tissue paper... You know, the thin paper you stuff in gift bags. The stuff you get tons of because "it is always good to have around".  =)

Well, I started playing with it in my craft room, and I must say... it has become one of my favorite papers to work with! You can do SO many things with it!

Here is one use... it is called
 Faux Silk (the CI way)

You will need:
Tissue paper
Creative Inspirations Paint
Stamps (optional)
Ink (optional)
Dry adhesive (like double sided tape or glue stick)
A Base (I usually just use cheap cardstock)

*disclaimer... I know the colors I used for the tutorial aren't the best. LOL! But hey, I have those days when the projects I'm working on don't come out how I envision them... I just don't normally let people see that part of the creative process. HEHEHE*

Step 1: Paint your tissue paper with your chosen CI paint. I like to have my tissue paper be a little bit bigger than I want need the end size to be so I have some "wiggle room".  Here I'm using Mint.

Step 2: You can either let it dry naturally (which really doesn't take very long). Or, you can be impatient like me, and use a heat gun to zap it dry.

Step 3: If you want any stamped images on it, now is the time to do it... You don't have to stamp anything if you don't want to though.

 Step 4: Crumple your tissue paper into a little ball. You can do this as many times as you like... You are TRYING to make wrinkles. =)

Yours may look something like this. I love how shimmery the paints make the tissue paper!
  (see what I mean about not looking so great? LOL! I was going for a watermelon look. um....yeah..)

Step 5: Cover you base with dry adhesive. I like to use my ATG gun, but glue sticks, or double sided tape would work. You don't have to get perfect coverage, but you want most of it covered in adhesive. Make sure to get the edges really well.

Step 6: Place your tissue paper on top of you base and press. You don't have to get out all the wrinkles.. they create the texture for the faux silk.

Step 7: Either fold over the excess and glue it down on the back of your base, or just trim it off.

That's all there is to it!

Tip: You don't have to stick with squares or rectangles... this would be a fun way to add texture to any die cut!

Here is my sample project.. since I really didn't like how my green one turned out, I did a different one using Amethyst CI paint.

If anyone is wanting to wrap a gift in my house, you might want to check my studio first... LOL!

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Shelley said...

Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! We all have so much tissue laying around and this is a great way to use it. Thanks you also for actually reading our comments on wanting a few ideas to use your fabulous paint!!!

~ Kendra ~ said...

Great tutorial! I'll have to try this!

Chrissy D said...

Kassi, you do the coolest things! Can I be you when I grow up???

Holly said...

This is such a cool project!!! I can't wait to try this out!!!

Jenn K said...

Very Cool!