Thursday, June 26, 2008

Tissue Background Tutorial

Hi there. I made this card is for the color challenge at Kristine Werner's blog this week. There are instructions below for creating the tissue paper background. The bird is from Pun Fun and the swirl stamp is from Baroque Motifs, both from Stampin' Up.

Start by laying ink on a piece of Plexiglas. You can use reinkers or if you are like me and don't have many colors, just sponge or apply the color from your stamp pad.

If you do it this way, be sure to start with your lightest color first and work darker from there, so that you don't muck up you light colors.

Keep adding colors until you are satisfied. I used River Rock, Groovy Guava and Purely Pomegranate.

Next, spritz the plexi with water. You want to add enough to help the colors blend together, but not get muddy.

Lay a piece of tissue paper over your plexi. You can scrunch it up and smooth it out first, if you want some creases. Pat down the tissue until it is saturated. Lift it very carefully (it tears easily when wet). Allow it to dry. You can speed the process up with a heat gun if you are careful.

Use a paint medium like Modge Podge and paint the surface of a piece of card stock. I used clear gloss medium by Liquitex, but you could even use watered down glue if you would like.

Lay the piece of tissue on the card stock and gently add another coat of the medium. Allow to dry.

Once dry, trim to the desired size. It is a good idea to use a guillotine style cutter. Sometimes when I used a sliding trimmer the tissue tries to tear, rather than cut.

For a more finished look, cover the surface with Versa Mark and heat emboss with clear embossing powder. You can also add a stamped image first, like I did.

Is that clear as mud? Let me know if you have any questions.

Have a great day!


Annapurna said...

I didn't do all the techniques shown here, but I just stamped on my cs, pasted the scrunched and straightened tissue. It came out so horrible, I threw it in the trash. I never throw anything in the trash, I at least try to use the back of the CS for something.

Yours looks awesome. Will give it another try. TFS.

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

This is gorgeous. Since I don't have any plexiglas, I'm sure a piece of acetate will work. I'll have to try this. Great tutorial.

Nawlin's Lady said...

Gorgeous card...great tutorial! Thanks!

30 something mom.. said...

Great Technique! I'm going to have to give it a go. Your card turned out great!

Sharon said...

How cool! Your card is soooo beautiful and the instructions very easy to follow. I'll have to add this to my list of Techniques to Try.

wendyp said...

Gorgeous! Love that tissue paper techique! Going to have to give it a try today.

Shawntel said...

Great tutorial! I love the BG! Super Cute Card!

Nancy Ward said...


Wanted you to know on Monday I posted a link to this tutorial on my blog, PaperFriendly.

Nancy Ward

Gail said...

i love this..!!!
i have a peice of .89cent ceramic tile i use for any of my things like that..i love to paint with distreess inks and this works great..
i can't wait to try this tut. of yours as always all your art and tuts. are amazing..tfs..loves ya