Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Faux Alligator Technique

A big thank you to all of you who visited during the Bon Voyage Blog Hop. There were some really fantastic projects out there during this hop. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. The wheels are already churning for the next one in a few months so stay tuned.

I promised I would tell you how to do the Faux Alligator Technique that I used on the Wild Wall Hanging.
First off though, I need to practice my good Stamping manners and tell you that I learned this technique from my good friend and fellow demonstrator Amy Bell over at A New Song. She learned the technique from Jackie Topa at Addicted to Stamping. Here's a closer look at the "Alligator" skin:

Supplies: card stock, VersaMark or Craft ink pad, clear embossing powder, bone folder or stylus, heat gun. It also works better if the card stock your are working with is bigger than what your finished project will be so you have something to hold on to while completing all the steps.

Step 1: Cover a piece of card stock with VersaMark or Craft ink. I used Old Olive card stock and VersaMark for mine.

Step 2: Sprinkle clear embossing powder over the entire section. To do an area as big as I did (approx 10" x 2-1/4") it took about a third of a bottle.

Step 3: Using the bone folder or stylus, draw lines through the embossing powder horizontally and vertically, cleaning the extra powder off you tool occassionally. To look more alligatorish, vary the width of the lines and don't worry about getting them straight.

Step 4: Heat set the powder with the heat gun. Voila!

I'd love to see what you come up with for this technique too. So if you try it out, post a link here so we can all see what you made.


Marla said...

How clever is this technique! I love the card AND the technique! Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent!

Kathy Mc said...

Who would have thought? This is an awesome idea and looks very cool, or should I say "alligatorish"? Can't wait to try it when time permits. Thanks for the great tip!

Jean from jlfstudio said...

Thanks for the directions (and the demonstration of good stamping manners :D)! Can't wait to try this out.

Blessings - Jean

Alicia said...

What a clever idea! Thanks for the tutorial!

Krista said...

Thanks for the tutorial, I missed the class when our demo taught it and it is great to see it explained!! Hope I win your blog candy, Krista

Anonymous said...

Very cute! I love the way the pattern looks so real:) Thanks for sharing:)