Monday, September 20, 2010

How-To - Faux Suede

     I first saw this Faux Suede technique, here, on a fellow blogger’s site, Stampinantics.  I loved Paula’s faux suede flower SO MUCH that I had to try one for myself.  I had never seen this technique before so I went looking for it.  I found some how-to directions on Stampin’ Up!’s demonstrator website.  Now, I realize that some of you can’t view these directions so I am going to give you a quick how-to.

  1. Punch yourself some shapes out of card stock.  I’ve used the Scallop Circle, 1-3/8” Circle and the 1-1/2” Circle punches and Cherry Cobbler cs for mine.
  2. Use the edge of your Bone Folder to pull from the center to the edge of your card stock shape.  Much like you would when you curl up curling ribbon.  This will loosen the fibers in the card stock causing the card stock to split and the layers to come apart.
  3. Carefully pull these layers apart, revealing the fibrous textured center of the card stock.  It looks just like suede!

     From there, you can squish, pinch and wrinkle these as you see fit to layer them and create your flower.  My flower is centered with a Gold Glimmer Brad.  The card base is Early Espresso (I’m loving this color).  I distressed the Newsprint Designer Series Paper by crumpling it and flattening it back out.  I then sanded and distress inked it with the sanding block and Tea Stain ink found in the Distressing Essentials Kit.

     Personally, I like Paula’s flower much better than my own.  I’ll have to play a bit more with shapes and pinching and wrinkling.  Thanks Paula for the inspiration!  And thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have been inspired.  Check out Paula’s blog, Stampinantics



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