Polished Stone Dragonflies!

By | September 1, 2017

Polished Stone Dragonflies!

One of my favorite techniques for Glossy Cardstock is Polished Stone. It is a fun and easy technique, and no two ever come out the same. I took one look at the finished backgrounds and immediately though Polished Stone Dragonflies!

To create the Polished Stone backgrounds:

  • Step 1: Saturate a cotton ball with rubbing Alcohol. (Note: The Rubbing Alcohol is to keep the inks wet longer so there is more time for the colors to blend.)
  • Step 2: Add a couple drops of the ink colors desired, keeping in mind to use less of the dark colors and more of the light colors.
  • Step 3: Dab the cotton ball on the Glossy Cardstock paper until you get the desired look.

These are just a few of the backgrounds we created before and during the class.

Polished Stone Dragonflies

I decided to use Tuxedo Black Memento ink to stamp dragonflies – from Dragonfly Dreams – on several of the Polished Stone backgrounds. Stamping on glossy cardstock takes practice. The glossy finish makes the surface slippery, so stamping needs to be done slowly and without a lot of pressure. Not all of your images will come out perfect because of this. The dragonflies – shown on the right side of the photo below – didn’t stamp quite as cleanly as I would have liked. Some of them did not stamp evenly. Others slid a little bit creating a more solid image. That is where the coordinating Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits came to the rescue! The left side of the photo shows the finished results.

Polished Stone Dragonflies

I cut several Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit images from Basic Black cardstock. Then I trimmed the stamped images (as shown below) before gluing the wings behind the the resulting thinlit image. (Note: The Fine-Tip Glue Pen is the most commonly used adhesive for this, but I tend to prefer the Multipurpose Liquid Glue.)

Polished Stone Dragonflies

Here are some of the Polished Stone Dragonfly Dream cards I created, both with and without the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits. Note that some of the cards use more than one Glossy Cardstock background. I love to combine them for even more texture, and some of the dragonflies have Black Rhinestone eyes (Coming Soon, with the introduction of the Holiday catalog)!

Polished Stone Dragonflies

Polished Stone Dragonflies

I hope you will make the time to create some Polished Stone backgrounds yourself. I have to warn you… It is addictive!

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