Monday, January 19, 2009

InStyle Stamps Method Monday

It's time for Method Monday! What is Method Monday, you may ask? Well, every Monday, the InStyle Stamps design team will challenge you to stretch your wings and try something new. Today is my turn to host, and I have chosen to challenge you to try my take on the Polished Stone technique, which I am going to call Faux Granite.

Here is my take on the challenge:

You will need:

* rubbing alcohol
* a cotton ball (cotton squares work too, just layer 2 of them together)
* 2-3 reinkers in your choice of color
* glossy card stock (non-glossy will not work for this technique)
* stamp of your choice
* glossy paper friendly ink, such as Stazon or Palette
* paper towel

Step One:

Soak your cotton ball with rubbing alcohol, and add random drops of color from your reinkers.

*Note that the more drops you add, the more your colors are going to blend together. Limit yourself to 5-8 small drops or you'll end up with a muddy looking project.

Step Two:

Place your piece of glossy card stock onto the paper towel to protect your work surface. Dab the cotton ball all over your glossy card stock in a random motion.

Step Three:

Continue dabbing with the cotton ball until you are satisfied with how it looks. The rubbing alcohol will blend your colors, and will give you a granite effect as it dries.

Step Four:

Allow the glossy paper to dry (this should only take a minute or two). Stamp your image onto the paper using a glossy paper friendly ink.

Step Five:

Finish your card.

I used Sheree for my card. Isn't she sweet? I've been itching to ink her up ever since I got her! I stamped Sheree onto my piece of Faux Granite, and cut out the tub. I then stamped her again onto regular card stock, colored her in with Copic markers, and glued the Faux Granite piece into place. I added stickles in several different colors for the bubbles. You should see how they sparkle in real life! I made a second piece of the Faux Granite, and used it in place of DP. I love how it brings everything together!

Isn't the shower curtain cute? To make it, I cut a square of vellum and trimmed the edge with my scalloped edge punch. Then I used my scor-pal to score folds for the pleats, folded it flat, and punched a hole through the top for the "curtain rod", a piece of silver cord. Neat, huh?

If you decide to play along, post a comment with the link to your project on this post on the InStyle Stamps blog. If you upload your card to Splitcoast Stampers or Paper Craft Planet, please use the keyword ISSMM1-19 for ease in viewing. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Happy Stamping!


Gvendalen said...

Interesting idea and nice card! It is remarkable!

Jennifer said...

Super cute card!! When I saw the technique for Method Monday, I immediately thought of the this stamp too! What an awesome idea to make a shower curtain and rod to go with the tub! WOW!!!! Great job! If you have not submitted this to any magazines yet, you really need to!

Kara said...

This is just amazing!! I love the granite tub and the real shower curtain!!

Maria said...

Beautiful card, Melissa! I love the colors and you did a fabulous job coloring the image. I need to work on my card. . .I was going to work on it in time for MM but was so busy. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful card and tutorial!!


Kim said...

Melissa that is absolutely adorable! I love your faux granite looking tub...especially b/c it's pink and brown! :) And that shower curtain is ADORABLE! So creative! Love it!
Hugs~ Kim

Ellie said...

Melissa this is absolutely fabulous! I have done this technique I think just once! It is so perfect for that bathtub card. I also love how you created the shower curtain.

Cindy Coutts said...

Melissa, this is one great tutorial and your bathtub just rocks. It's amazingly awesome and perfect. There's just no measuring up to this one. That vellum shower curtain is genius. No wonder you were asked to be Creative Director! I can't think of anybody better who deserves the honor more. Congratulations!!

Cathy said...

Melissa, what a fabulous tutorial. I'm definitely going to try that technique! What kind of glossy card stock do you get? (And from where...)

Just love that image! The card is cute and elegant at the same time! Thanks for a great idea and inspiration!


n8tvtexan said...

OMG I love love love this card! I will have to try this technique in the morning. Thanks so much for adding my blog candy & entering.

Justine said...

HOLY COW this is a WOW card. Love your work.

Anonymous said...

What an amazing card! Love it!!!!

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