I was looking for blog ideas recently and came across a card I made using the faux etching technique that one of my card-making heroes invented – Lydia Fiedler.
“Aha! Just the thing! I exclaimed.
(Not really, it was more like “Hmmm. This might work.) So I set out to create several different cards using this nifty technique. Here’s what I found out:
- Its gotta be a line drawing
- Flowers are the easiest
- Birds work pretty well too.
- Things like paper coffee cups don’t work as well (The image is too big with no details)
- Tea cups and tea pots are ok
Here’s a picture of the bird in Serene Garden Stamp Set.
I stamped a page of them so you could see what I did. I did one with a black pen, one with a blue marker, one with the fine tip on a brown marker, and one with a brown colored pencil. You can see I got better as I went along.
I would show you a picture of the coffee cup from Coffee Café, but it was too ugly and I threw it away.
Here are a couple of cards I made with the bird:
Here are some flower cards:
So here’s the technique:
Stamp your image
Take a fine point pen or well sharpened pencil, and
Starting along the stamped edge of say, a flower petal – FLICK a short line towards the center of your petal. This makes a line with a tiny fatter beginning and a fine ending.
When you have the bottom edge of this area – your flower petal, say, or your bird’s neck – then start at the top of the area and work down.
HERE’S THE IMPORTANT PART! You want to keep a section in the middle clear. This is like a highlight.
Move on to the next section of your image, and just repeat until you are done.
Here’s the instructions for this Quick and Easy card:
Whisper White cardstock 8 1/2 x 5 1/2
Piece of Best Route DSP 3 3/4 x 5
Whisper white scrap approx. 4 x 3 (to die cut a 2 3/4 circle and a little bit for the sentiment
Fold the cardstock in half and burnish the fold
Glue the DSP onto the card front. Set aside
Die cut a 2 3/4 circle from the white scrap. I used the Layering Circles dies.
Stamp the bird from Serene Garden in the middle of the circle
Use the etching technique to fill in the bird. Note: leave lots of white space. Check out how I did it. My first attempts weren’t so good.
Stamp the sentiment – from Itty Bitty Greetings – onto the scrap of white and cut a 1 1/2 x 1/2 rectangle around it.
Glue the circle onto the card front in the upper right area. Glue the sentiment in the lower left area.
This is really a fun and different technique. I hope you enjoy trying it out.
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