Tuesday’s Tip #13

Hi everyone!

Welcome to today’s Tuesday’s Tip. These posts are tips about different products, crafting and also ways of stretching the supplies that you already may have. I alternate Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tip just to change things up a bit.

Today I want to share with you some different ways of adding texture to projects. Texture adds depth to any project and can make a real “wow” impression.

 

#1} Layering papers ~ there are different ways of layering paper. Mat patterned paper on solid color card stock, add a paper tag to the front of a card or scrapbook layout, stamp letters and cut out for a sentiment.

#2} Glitter ~ many projects can benefit from the addition of glitter for a sparkly finish. From snowflakes and snowmen to butterflies and flourishes. For just a bit of detail use a finer glitter and a more chunky coarse glitter for extra texture.

#3} Embellishments ~ any added embellishments will add depth and interest to your project. Even a few rhinestones/pearls, a chip board piece, brad or a ribbon/twine bow takes away the flat look.

#4} Crumpling paper ~ gives a vintage, aged and almost leathery appearance. Lightly mist one side of a piece of card stock with water. Scrunch into a ball and unfold gently. Repeat again depending how many wrinkles you want. Once it is unfolded, let it dry flat.

#5} Liquid Pearls ~ is a pearlescent paint that is used for adding details and dimension to paper crafting projects. Use drops for pearls or trace over a stamped image to give it a raised and pearly look.

#6} Tearing paper ~ paper edges do not have to be perfectly straight in order to look nice. You can also tear them different ways. For a slight torn look, tear the paper towards you against the edge of a ruler. If a fuzzy torn look is what you want, fold the paper and apply a bit of water with a small paint brush to the fold line before pulling the two sides of paper apart. For a more ragged look, just tear the paper ~ no two tears will look the same. Vellum tears easily ~ with the grain for a smooth and straight edge. Against the grain for a more raggedy look.

#7} Glossy Accents ~ by applying a thick coat of Glossy Accents, an otherwise flat embellishment can take on an almost 3D look. It is also very shiny which makes it perfect for making bubbles or rain drops.

#8} Dry embossing ~ this is a very simple way of adding texture, dimension and interest to paper. The easiest way is with an embossing folder and embossing/die cutting machine, such as the Big Shot or Cuttlebug. However, if you don’t have one of these machines, don’t worry. You can still get a dry embossed look by using a stencil and embossing tool or stylus. Depressions are made in the paper by gently tracing along all of the lines in the stencil until the image is complete {it’s best to do this on a paper piercing mat or mouse pad for the cushioning}. Then when the paper is turned over, you have a raised image. If the image is not raised enough, simple repeat the process.

#9} Stitching ~ a line of stitching, either by machine or hand, adds a fun look! For hand stitching with floss or crochet cotton thread, use a paper piercer/mat to pierce the design. Holes punched approximately 1/4″ apart makes the stitching easier.  For machine stitching ~ #1} be sure the papers you are stitching through are not too thick.  #2} a small amount of adhesive added to the back of the paper piece you are stitching to another helps to keep it in place. *Please note: be sure the adhesive is placed well away from the stitching line {just a small spot in the middle on the back side is sufficient} as stitching through the adhesive will gum up the needle and is not good for the machine.

#10} Using several of the above at the the same time ~ there is certainly no rule that only one of these methods can be used at one time. A combination of a few of these will result in a stunning piece of work! 🙂

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this weeks tip. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or comments. See you next time!

 

 

 

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Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

Website: http://www.thecountrytouch.weebly.com

Email: ctrytch@telus.net

 

 

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