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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Unity Addicts Challenge "Poppin' Flowers"

It's Wednesday and it's time for another Unity Addicts Challenge!  And guess what?  I am the guest for the challenge this week...woohoo!

Okay, so I never thought that I would use bathroom tissue on a card, but yep, I did today!  And, no no no...not 'tissues' that you take out of the box...I used 6 little 'toilet' tissue squares...ha!  Have you ever heard of PAPERCASTING? Well, this is Papercasting, but it's for a small project, so using the 'toilet tissue squares' work great for a rubber stamp!

First, a little about my card...the stamps I used are from the Unity May KOM 2009 '...another sweet day'!  The background uses the emboss resist technique, a little Lumiere for the flowers, and then Glimmer Misted with 'Mustard Seed and Gold'.

Then you see the popped up flowers with the ribbon tied around it...yep, you guess it, that's the 'tp' which I painted with Lumiere, Stickles, and then Glimmer Misted too.
From Unity and {ippity} Projects
BTW...that fabby's from Really Reasonable Ribbon...I love the two colors on this's 'Sheer Iridescent Parrot Green' Organza!

Okay, here's a quick and simple blurb about the 'tp' PAPERCASTING:
*Take six single squares of 'tp' and lay them on top of each other; 
*Place the entire stack of 'tp' in a container filled with water (just use a small bowl, but make it is big enough so they don't fold and can retain the square shape). 
*Quickly and gently lift out the 'tp' and squeeze out a little bit of the water (be careful they could tear) and place the entire stack of 'tp' over your stamp to cover the entire image (on the red rubber).
*Use your fingers or small cloth to gently press the 'tp' into the red rubber stamp (into the crevices) being careful not the tear the tissues, until you see the stamp image completely through the tp. (I found that by using a small cotton cloth, it helped absorb some of the excess water from the 'tp'.)
*Put it aside and let the 'tp' dry on the stamp for about a couple of hours.
*Gently lift the 'tp' off of the red rubber stamp (it retains the stamp image shape) and set it aside to dry overnight.

Then you could paint, spray, or do whatever you want to the papercast of the stamp.  Be careful not to use any medium that is too wet, or your image may go flat! Oh, and also cut off any excess 'tp' from the edges for the shape you desire.

That's it! I didn't take photo's of the process, 'cause why re-invent it, if it's aleady done, right? 
I must give credit, where credit it due...take a look at this site HERE...lots of fabby ideas and there is a step by step PAPERCASTING tutorial...especially, if you're a 'visual' learner...this helps a lot!

Oooh, here's one more card I made without the papercast and it has a LOT more Glimmer Mist (and I centered the embossed flowers):
From Unity and {ippity} Projects

So, hopefully my flowers 'pop'; and thanks for coming by...have a wonderful Wednesday!


lynn said...

love this, jen! i'm going to try this-congrats on the guest spot, too!

stampjourney said...

Fabulous cards! I just recently read about the papercasting technique, but your post gives me the inspiration to try it. Thanks for sharing!

Angie Blom said...

oh FANTASTIC.. I have seen this done for another challenge but neer got the chance to do it.. I think I will have to give it a try later today.. Great inspirtion Jen. Love both cards!!

Maria Levine said...

Totally cool stuff Jen! You rocked it, very unique! Thanks for playing with us!

Rona said...

Jen I love this - so much fun and very creative!!

StampinCathy said...

This is just over the top gorgeous! Love the colors and all the techniques you used. I forgot about the tp technique. I'm going to have to try this again. Thanks for a fun challenge and all your inspiring MOJO!

Michelle said...

wow! Thanks for the GREAT idea!

Angela said...

LOVELY! Thank you so much for doing such a TERRIFIC JOB on the Growing in Unity WEEK! I can't say enough how VERY MUCH I appreciate it!

liannallama said...

Great technique and thanks for all the details--you made such pretty cards!

Jenny said...

Yay glad you are changing your blog so nice. Great great card, love it!! :) :) :)