This week, I learned that a technique that I’ve been using for years actually has a name! It’s called the Faux Torn technique, as the finished card looks like it has a torn strip of patterned paper stuck to the card when it’s actually an inked panel. It’s very simple to do and a change of the inked colours or stamped images completely alters the look.
To begin, I tore the edges off the sticky edge of a post-it note although torn copier paper will do just fine too.
Next, I blended two or three complementary colours into the torn gap, followed by some simple stamping.
Lastly, I added a greeting and mounted the card on layers to match the blended colours.
This is another version done in different colours and stamp.
For this card, rather than just simple stamping, I heat embossed the design and then used the Subtle embossing folder for some texture.
My last card was a card for my in-laws’ 40th wedding anniversary. I repeated the torn panel to cover more of the card background.
Four cards, each with a completely different look!
Poppies are synonymous with remembrance so are a perfect image for a card, the very reason of which is to let someone know you’re thinking of them. Whilst I made this a condolence card for my Mum to give to her friend who had lost her husband, it is also suitable for a birthday or thank you card.
To begin, I cut two stitched rectangles and stamped, then embossed in silver, the single poppy image and the sentiment. The image was then coloured with pencils.
Whilst I had the stamp out, I partially stamped the image again using Smoky Slate on the envelope and liner. I usually stamp these in the bottom right corner but because of the direction of the flower, I thought the left-hand side suited it better.
The Scripty folder provided the dry embossing and then I stuck a length of Tear ‘n’ Tape on to adhere my ribbon. I always get ribbon wonky so I used the grid paper to help line it up.
After sticking on my ribbon, I glued the embossed layer to a Smoky Slate layer and then mounted it on the card base. The focal element and sentiment were raised on Dimentionals.
I hope this blog post finds you healthy and well. It’s approaching the end of lockdown week 2 here in the UK but I fully expect that the lockdown will be extended as sadly, the number of Coronavirus deaths is still rising. I am quite enjoying the enforced staying at home time (in between my shifts) as I can do things as and when I feel like it, taking as long as I want as I don’t have to fit them around other engagements. My lovely Pilates teacher has taken her classes online too, which I am very pleased about! I am trying to concentrate on the things I can do, rather than the things I can’t, to stay positive in these strange times. For example, my hair is getting rather long but I was considering a style change anyway so this gives me a head start – no pun intended!
It was whilst I was out sowing carrots in the veg patch that the idea for this card came to me. Our soil is quite stony so we grow carrots in a large container filled with sieved soil. I know, mollycoddled carrots! Anyway, there’s a self-sown poppy growing in there so I’ve just left it to carry on but it brought to mind the Painted Poppies set I’d not yet used. I summoned up my mojo from wherever it’s been hiding for the past couple of weeks and got cracking.
I began by heat embossing the poppies in gold.
Next, I coloured in the petals using my polychromos colouring pencils.
The sentiment is from Peaceful Moments, a handy set to cover most situations. The front was mounted on a Whisper White mat and then onto a Poppy Parade card base.
I then tried a second card using white and colouring with a blender pen and some ink from the pad stamped onto a block.
This didn’t dry as quickly as I thought and I ended up smudging it in a lot of places so it’s not fit to send to anyone but I glued it with temporary adhesive so I could get the contrast with the black version.