Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Summer Nights and how to Create a "Batik" -

Happy Wednesday VLVS followers!!

Today I'd like to share with you a technique I just recently learned via Tim Holtz's blog (from WAY in the past). It's all about creating a faux batik effect!

First off I nabbed myself a manilla tag(cut to ATC size), a clear embossing pad, and Viva Las Vegastamps! Ultra High Gloss Embossing Powder. This embossing powder grabs each and every little detail of whatever stamp you're using. It's unbelievable.. but to help you believe I chose the Ferris Wheel stamp in all it's fine detailed glory:

3" x 3" - $11.50

To create our faux batik, emboss your stamp onto the tag with no ink or color. Make sure not to overheat the powder as we'll be removing it later! Once the embossed image is cooled, ink the base to your heart's desire.. I did all of the yellow and orange sponging, as well as the red splattering.

Now here's where the magic happens.... Place a piece of newsprint (not glossy, but regular newspaper) over the tag and heat with an iron! Make sure the iron is on its hottest setting withOUT steam or water. you don't want to ruin any inking you've done! You should see the embossing powder soak into the newsprint.. and Viola!! Take off the newsprint to see your new image! You can always use a colored embossing ink to give your image some value, too.

I finished off my ATC with the Jester Stamp in Momento's black tuxedo pad:

1.25" x 2.75" - $7.50

Here's a closeup of what the batik effect looks like:


Stay tuned for the other designer's posts and make sure to keep your eye out for the blog hop!! I have some fun Alice in Wonderland themed party favors, and I'm sure everyone else has great stuff, too!! The 29th!! and if you leave comments on each blog, you'll be entered to win some of your very own VLVS stamps!

Thanks everybody! -DeeDee

P.S. don't forget VLVS! gives you the opportunity to order your stamps UNMOUNTED making them more than affordable!


Stampo said...

Great technique... hadn't heard of it before and love the card!

Lori said...


Renee's ramblings said...

Another new-to-me background technique for me to try. Gorgeous!

Joe M said...

I really LOVE your ATC. I have never seen this technique and can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!

Purnima said...

Such a striking look!! TFS!!