Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Polished Stone

I thought I would share something a bit different today. I love the polished stone technique but never seem to do it unless I am teaching the technique for a class. This card is a sample for a class I am doing tomorrow night. These days this process is made easier with Ranger alcohol inks but I did my card the way I originally learned it, with alcohol and ink. It is important to use the 91% rubbing alcohol for this to work right. I can't tell you the science or "why" behind it, if you know, enlighten us. You can find it right next to the regular (71%) alcohol in the pharmacy department and it cost the same so no biggie. Lightly moisten a cotton ball with the alcohol and add 2-3 different colors of ink. You don't need much, 2-3 drops of each. Generally the more colors you chose, the muddier it will look. I usually go with 2 different shades of the same color, in this case certainly celery and old olive. Dab the cotton ball over glossy card stock until you have good coverage. This technique must be done with glossy card stock to work. You do want to see the color differences so don't over do it. Then add a couple drops of a metallic ink, in my case I added gold. Dab that over your paper, a bit more sparingly, you want subtle hints of gold but not too much. No two pieces will be alike so the possibilities are really endless. It is such a fun technique and the results come quickly. On a side note, I have seen wallpaper from the 60's that looks like this and it gags me, but on a card, not so bad, lol! On my sample I used a Penny Black flower stamp in black ink. What you can't see is that I also added several dots of black glaze pen for dimension. In person, the glaze pen really adds a lot. It is simply matted onto black card stock and adhered to a base of natural ivory card stock. The sentiment running up the side is Hero Arts. I added a small black tab to the side with a gold brad to tie in with the gold in the polished stone. I like the simplicity of this card yet the polished stone makes it more than ordinary.
Thanks for stopping by!


Jacque (SCS: Petals) said...

Wow, you're right. This combo really does look pretty good on a card. TFS!

leenda said...

Beautiful! Polish stone is alwasy a classic!

Rose Ann said...

Your polished stone looks so beautiful, and I love the image!!