This technique is called “Joseph’s Coat” (for Joseph and his Coat of Many Colours). This stamping technique gets another take in this hybrid project. Use your digi papers along with some stamps, ink, embossing powder and brayer to get great result
s with this fun technique. It is a great technique for cardmaking and when you add in a digital template, you can create an endless amount of fantastic projects like the box shown here, quickly and without too much work.
This technique is a wonderful way to add extra dimension and visual interest to your projects without too much work…and apparently I really like butterflies, as my last post for The Hybrid Chick also featured butterflies….lol!
A printout of a digital paper. I used Roben-Marie Designs’ Urban Grunge Revamped. I love the grungy, artsy feel & colours. I printed mine on Epson 12 x 12 scrapbook paper. You could also use Epson Premium Presentation Paper in letter size.
Rubber stamps – I used the solid butterfly image from Stampin’ Up!’s Flight of the Butterfly. Solid stamps will be easier and more dramatic for this effect. (For more details on stamps, see this post by Nicole from last week.
Versamark ink – clear ink that stays wet long enough to heat emboss
Clear Embossing Powder
Heat Tool to melt your embossing powder. No, a hairdryer will not work.
A brayer to roll on your dark ink
Dark, dye based ink. I used Stampin’ Up!’s Night of Navy as I liked the colour combination with the paper I chose.
Template for project – I used Kelleigh Ratzlaff’s Perfectly Square Template Set
I also used Stampin’ Up!’s Butterfly punch for this project.
1) Stamp your image in versamark ink.
2) Dump on clear embossing powder to coat your image, and shake/tap off the excess powder. (If you look hard, you can see the powder on the image above…)
3) Heat your image until the powder melts and gets shiny.
4) Repeat process until your paper is covered. I found that it was best to work one image at a time, otherwise the paper tended to absorb the versamark and my embossed images weren’t as solid as they could be.
5) Ink up your brayer in your dark ink, then roll over the paper. (See above) Repeat inking & rolling until your paper is covered (See below). Gently rub your embossed images with a kleenex to remove any excess ink (otherwise it will end up on your fingers; ask me how I know this…LOL).
I liked the uneven tones I got, I thought it worked well with the colours & paper, and I liked how you could see some of the paper details through the darker ink. If you really wanted to, you could continue until the dark blue was more solid (but that might take a while…)
TO CREATE THE PROJECTS
1) I printed out the pattern for the box on the flip side of the paper. I also printed out another copy of the paper, but I reduced the opacity of the image to 50% in Photoshop, so that it was faded. That way, it doesn’t detract from the outside of the box…and I can see the cutting & scoring lines of the pattern!!! LOL. I used Kelleigh Ratzlaff’s Perfectly Square Template Set
2) Cut and score along the lines as indicated by the instructions.
3) I sponged colour on the edges of the paper once I’d cut out the pattern just to distress them a bit and to make the edges fade into the background a bit more. See below for the before & after shots!
4) Assemble the box & embellish! I had extra paper left over, so used my Stampin’ Up! butterfly punch to punch out one of the embossed butterflies. I mounted it onto the box front (over a butterfly that ended up being upside down) for a finishing touch.
To make this complete, I created coordinating gift cards.
For this card, I stamped the happy birthday (from Stampin’ Up!’s Teeny Tiny Wishes) onto a square of the paper, using the faded print out side. I added another punched out embossed butterfly and mounted it onto some Night of Navy Cardstock before adhering everything to the little card.
For this card, I simply cut a square around an embossed butterfly and mounted it onto another square with the faded side showing. Too easy!!!
Try combining your beautiful digital papers and stamping supplies with this fun technique!
Other Articles by Linda (yamstamps):
- Votive Covers - July 5th, 2010
- Personalized Travel Mug - June 14th, 2010
- Travel Challenge - with a Give Away! - May 23rd, 2010
- Quick Hybrid Album - May 10th, 2010
- Quick and Easy Pinwheel! - April 12th, 2010