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