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Sunday, 26 July 2015

Two for one (by Lesley)

I love turning office stationery products into craft items and today I am using good old fashioned blotting paper to create this card. Bit of a long post but I hope you enjoy the technique.

Take a piece of blotting paper approximately 30 x 9cm, mist thoroughly with plain water and then spritz with spray inks of your choice. I used Dylusions Ink Sprays in Squeezed Orange, Lemon Zest, Bubblegum Pink and Cherry Pie. Pick up the paper and allow that colours to run into each other. Soak up the excess moisture with kitchen roll and then dry gently with a heat gun. Keep turn the blotting paper over as it will curl as it dries.
Once dry you will have the bright side on which the inks were sprayed and the reverse will be a paler version. Fold a piece of white card measuring 14.5 x 21 cm in half to make a tall thin card. Draw a curve across the top of the card and then cut out. (You can use a cup, mug or other circular object you have as a template). Using wet adhesive attach the blotting paper, pale side uppermost, to the card. Allow to dry.

Ink up the bird image from A Little Bird Told Me using Versafine Onyx Black and stamp on to the front of the card. Ink up the leaves only on the large bird image from As Free as a Bird (use a baby wipe to remove any ink that may have strayed on to other parts of the image) and stamp across the top of the card. Set aside to dry.

Take the remaining piece of blotting paper and ink the bird again, but this time just the body and stamp on to the bright side. Cut out and set aside. Ink up the leaves again and stamp onto the bright side of the blotting paper, repeat. Cut out the leaves plus the berries and leaf.  Attach the body of the bird over the stamped image on the card. Add the leaves and berries to the branch as shown and finish with a sentiment from the Amazing Birthday clear set.

By using the front and reverse of the same piece of blotting paper you can be sure that all the colours tone in together. And there is nothing to say you couldn't use the bright version for the background and stamp the bird and leaves onto the paler side.

Hope this inspires you to try using blotting paper as part of your crafty creations. Experiment with it and see what else you can do; it makes great paper flowers by the way!

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  1. What a great idea! Thank you so much for the inspiration :)

  2. This is really pretty Lesley. Lovely colours and I wouldn't have thought of using blotting paper like this. Elaine x

  3. Brilliant inspiration Lesley, your colours and image are fabulous, blotting paper is an interesting choice, but works so well, hugs Kate x

  4. I would never have thought to use blotting paper on my cards but it is so pretty and it is true that one side will be brighter so there will be lovely variation of tone. Thank you for showing us this technique Lesley. x

  5. great idea Lesley - thanks for sharing that one xx

  6. What a great idea Lesley! I bought some blotting paper ages ago to experiment with and never did. Now I wonder where I stashed it!

    Lesley Xx

  7. This is simply gorgeous, and what a great idea indeed!! Thank you very much Lesley! :)
    Love this bird stamp, so beautiful...
    Hugs, Coco xx


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