Monday, January 31, 2011

DT Hiatus

Hi again folks!  It's Danielle a.k.a. FitterTwit here for this week's design team gold, however, the design team is on hiatus this week.  With CHA, sickness and our newest DT member Julie getting broken in, we gave the design team a little break to regroup (but don't get used to it because we are slave drivers and make them work, designing for you guys night and day... wait a minute... I'm on the design team too.  I'm gonna have to rethink that.  LOL).  Anyway.... today's theme was originally going to be "leather", but since we don't have any projects to show, I thought I'd share a SUPER quick tutorial to achieve that leather look for yourself!

Ok, so the background of this card started out as just a plain piece of off-white cardstock.  I then dabbed a few drops of three different colors of  Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Inks in warm colors mixed with a few drops of Ranger Alcohol Blending Solution on a piece of felt attached to the Adirondack Alcohol Ink Applicator (it doesn't take much) and covered the entire surface of the paper using a dabbing or pounding movement.  The effect that it gives the paper is that of marble.... and it looks cool!!!  The inks, blending solution and applicator with felt are available for purchase at the store.  I then spritzed the paper with about 5 sprays of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist to give it a sheen.  While the paper was moist from the Glimmer Mist, I ran it through the Cuttlebug using a reptile-scale-looking Cuttlebug embossing folder and allowed it to dry.  Once the paper was completely dry, I then inked the edges using a ColorBox Chalk Cat Eye in Chestnut Roan to give it a distressed and weathered appearance.... that's it!  That's all there was to making this leathery background.  I finished off this card with a leather ribbon and some slide embellishments.

I hope you all give this one a try.... it's an easy way to achieve some leather-like results in a matter of minutes.  Feel free to pop in to the store anytime for an Alcohol Ink demo.  We are addicted to the Alcohol Inks there so there is a bottle to demo in every color!!!  Have a great week everyone and we'll see you all back here next week for more masterpieces from your beloved design team.



  2. HAHAHAHAHA... thanks Emily! Are you all CHA'd out? LOL!