If you’ve noticed that my Tuesday blog feature has a new name – you’re absolutely right. I made the change a few weeks ago after feedback I received during my big blog give-away. I heard from a lot of you that you wanted more techniques and others that wanted more 3D projects and templates. As a result, I decided to focus on techniques on Tuesdays, and to focus on 3D projects on Thursdays (which I call my Template Thursday).
Today’s technique is a modified version of a technique called Joseph’s Coat. This is a technique that has been around for quite awhile – I think I first learned it from my upline 4 years ago. I’m not sure where she learned it, or who came up with it in the first place. The way Joseph’s coat is normally done is as follows:
- Take a sheet of glossy cardstock. Ink up your brayer on a spectrum ink pad (an ink pad with multiple colors on it), and ink up your cardstock.
- Stamp your images onto your colored glossy CS in VersaMark ink. Sprinkly on clear embossing powder and heat emboss.
- Ink up your brayer in black ink and completely brayer over the glossy CS.
- Wipe off the excess ink with tissue.
Since Stampin’ Up! no longer carries spectrum pads, I decided to try it in a different manner – using my sponge daubers. I actually liked the effect better because it gives a softer look – the different colors are less defined – more natural-looking, and they blend into one another more. Instead of black ink, I used Chocolate Chip ink because again, I thought it would give a softer look. Here’s a quick tutorial on how I made my card:
Stamps: With Gratitude
Ink: Summer Sun, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, VersaMark
Paper: Naturals Ivory, More Mustard, Glossy White CS
Accessories: sponge dauber (1 per color), brayer, paper piercer with foam mat and piercing template, More Mustard 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Embossing buddy, Clear embossing powder, heat tool
Step 1: Take a piece of glossy CS, a sponge dauber and More Mustard ink. Ink up your sponge dauber on the More Mustard ink pad and "pounce" spots of More Mustard randomly over the glossy CS.
Step 2: Repeat step 1, this time using Pumpkin Pie ink. You’ll notice that I actually pounced the Pumpkin Pie right next to my More Mustard spots, and in some cases pounced a bit on top of the More Mustard.
Step 3: Repeat step 2 with Really Rust.
Step 4: At this point, I pulled out my Summer Sun ink pad and filled in the white spaces by pouncing on Summer Sun ink.
Step 5: Once your glossy CS is completely covered with color, pull out your Really Rust ink pad again. Ink up your sponge dauber, but this time, instead of pouncing, rub it (back and forth and in circular motions) all over the glossy CS. This will help blend and soften the edges of the colors a bit.
Step 6: Rub your embossing buddy all over the surface of your glossy CS. Ink up your leaf stamps in VersaMark ink and randomly stamp your leaf images all over the glossy CS. Sprinkle on clear embossing powder then heat emboss.
Step 7: Take your brayer, ink it up in Chocolate Chip ink and brayer all over the glossy CS. Re-ink your brayer and repeat this step until you get the depth and darkness of color coverage you desire.
Step 8: the clear embossing powder over the stamped images will resist the ink, so once your CS is as dark as you’d like, take a tissue and wipe the excess ink off of the glossy CS and off of the stamped & embossed images.
Decorate your card as desired. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.