Friday, August 28, 2009

Texturized Acrylic Paper (for embossing digis or for stamping)

Here's that pictorial for cardstock that's texturized with acrylic paint (used in the last post for the current Cuttlebug Challenge.)

You can stamp on this painted paper,
(my very fave)...
You can get really great heat embossing of digital images like this one...

[Art by Mo (of Mo's Digital Pencil fame)
rendered for the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog]

I just cannot describe the kick I get out of the textures & layers that you can get with this! And each piece is your own original art paper. Hopefully you'll get a thrill out of it too, if you try it. :o)

  • cardstock-printed with...
  • pattern (I used ledger paper-digital file linked below)
  • stamp (this is illuminate def. from Above the Mark 27001J)
  • collage bits (old book page torn)
  • adhesive
  • acrylic paint (Kroma Tintanium White) Imagine coloured acrylics!?!
  • sand paper
  • digital image (or stamped image)
  • heat gun
  • anti-static bag
  • embossing powder
  • Copic markers (or any other colouring medium that will stick to acrylic paint)
Click these links to download
the ledger paper, if you like:

1) Ledger Paper PDF
2) Ledger paper JPG

Step 1} Print the ledger paper (of course, you could use any plain or patterned cardstock you like instead.) I printed it on Naturals White cardstock. Thin watercolour paper would be a nice choice to hold up to the water, but still be thin enough to fit in most printers.

Step 2}
Add a collage layer (glue on pieces of an old book page, tissue paper, sewing patterns, or whatever you like.)

Step 3} Paint it.

The paint: I used an acrylic paint wash (of Kroma Titanium White) A fairly thick wash with just a little water. I don't like too much water or you can get a lot of paper curling. You can alter it however you like, though, to show more/less of the paper underneath. With thicker paint you get more impression from stamping it (in step 4)

The brush: if you want decent paper for printing digital images, it really pays to use a decent quality brush (so there are fewer brushstrokes in your finished paper.) It's surprising how affordable a great brush can be at your local art supply store. I have one dedicated to gesso & acrylics that is lovely & messy. :-D

Step 4} Impress a stamp into the wet paint:

A) Prime your stamp with versamark or similar ink
B) Press the stamp into the wet paint
C) Clean acrylic paint off your stamp right away (I like to use a tooth brush to clean it)

If you're not happy with the impression the first stamping attempt gives you, you can paint over it & then press the stamp in it again. Sometimes a couple of coats of paint gives you a nice deep impression from your stamp.

Since this was a text stamp, I only pressed once, but you can repeat painting & pressing in patterned stamps over & over again for a lot of nifty texture. :o)

Step 5} Let it dry well-or cheat & dry it with a heat gun, if you're impatient like me.

Step 6} Sand it, if you like, to distress & reveal a little more of the collage layer. (The sanding marks will pick up deeper shades when you colour, so you can get some neat effects.) Sanding also helps embossing powder stay on much better.

Step 7} The finished paper is perfect to emboss a digital image in most ink jet printers. (I have a cheapo printer and would not try this in a really expensive printer, just in case.)

To emboss a digital image on your new artsy paper...
(same as standard heat embossing only you print instead of stamp)

A) Wipe off any dust from sanding.
B) Run an anti-static bag over it.
C) Have your embossing powder & heat gun ready.
D) Print your digital image (I like a medium fast setting--my printer calls it "standard" but settings vary with the printer) You want the printer ink still wet enough to take the embossing, but the image quality good.
E) Sprinkle your image with embossing powder as soon as it prints.
F) Melt the embossing powder with a heat gun.

Step 8} Colour with Copic markers (or any other colouring medium that will stick to acrylic paint.) Copic colouring is so fast & so forgiving on this paper that you won't believe it (and it uses hardly any ink at all!)

If you want to try this but you're worried about residue on your Copics, you can try the broad (or chissel) tip of your Copics to preserve the finer colouring end. Acrylic paint has much less residue than gesso will, if any.

Another colouring method is to paint on Copic refills (or other alcohol inks.) I painted the large areas of the sky & the grass with Copic refills that were diluted with Colourless blender. You can get shades as light or pastel as you like and mix colours for a zillion possibilities.

The Copic colours will be darker in areas where the stamp impressing has removed some paint, and they will have a nice sheen. The cupcake in the photo below is iced with lacquer, but the rest of this image shows the variation & the sheen you can get...

The texture always surprises you, since it's unique to each piece you make.

If you want to remove the Copic sheen in places, you can use a bit of matte medium over your work. (It's just an acrylic gel that you paint on that takes the shine away.)

If you get an area that is too textured or has dark bits where you don't want them (for instance on a face) you can add a little more white paint with a paint brush (to tone down the contrast of the texture) and recolour.

Sound too crazy?
Since I blabber on about ALL the details here, this can sound cumbersome, but it is really easy-peasy (and much faster than it might seem!) ...sooooh, I hope you try it out, if you're at all interested. I'd love to hear pointers from your experience with it if you do try it. :-)

Thank You for taking time out
of your busy day!

P.S. Sorry I was MIA yesterday-(Migraine from "h" "e" double hockey sticks!)

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Libby said...

This is fantastic Mel. You are so creative. I must try this technique. TFS

Beth Norman said...

Awesome technique, Mel. I love, love, love this! Thanks for the awesome post. You rock!

izbzee said...

Mel, thanks for sharing another beauty! I so enjoy stopping by your blog -- it's addicting!

lilscrappers said...

That is a fabulous work of art. I am totally trying this later today (I have to sleep, I worked nightshift, or I would be playing now.) You inspired me, heehee and it's my mom in laws b day so opportunity, hooray!

Michelle said...

this is wonderful mel... and the tutorial so detailed...easy to understand


About The Designers said...

Wow...My jaw is on the floor over here! You are SO inspiring! THANK you for posting!

java diva said...

First, that is stinkin' adorable!!!
Second, I really appreciate you taking the time, no matter how wordy, to show each step. I'm a visual learner that needs the steps s-p-e-l-l-e-d out for me. And because you took the time to do that, I want to try this!! The result is awesome.
I just have to ask DH about our printer's ink and how quickly dries. I am blown away you thought to even do that. I can't believe that ink is embossable!

Dawn said...

I LOVE this!! you knew I would!! have I mentioned how incredibly talented you are?...only like a gazillion times!

sorry bout the m-grain!ugh


Justine said...

This is so amazing, where in the world did you get the idea. Fantastic, I hope that I have all of the supplies to try it

groovyvirgochick said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial on how that is done it looks great.

Mari said...

Sheesh. I'm *still* trying to get my first digis from here to there, to there for printing (it's not going well, can you tell?). Maybe... someday....
*shaking fist at Vista*

Dawn said...

I have to say you make the nicest tutorials, I always have any question I would come up with answered before I even start to read all the instructions. You are just so talented my dear, thanks so much for sharing.

Sharon said...

I am very curious about this technique and I have just purchased my very 1st digital image(stamp) - I am totally going to try this!

Becky said...

what a great idea for embossing digi images, you are awesome girl. :)

Beth said...

How sweet Mel don't you just love that image and your bag is gorgeous as always GF and great tut.

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lilscrappers said...

KEWL!! I just posted my version to my blog How do you keep the embossing powder from sticking to everything?