Sunday, February 24, 2008

Bandanna Technique (This is way too much fun to do!!!)

This technique is called the Bandanna Technique. It was originally designed for use with Ranger inks, but I've adapted it to use Stampin Up products.

It was created by Robin Beam (Oh the talent! talent! talent!) <--Click that first 'talent' link to see what Robin did with Kim Hughes's sweet prettybirds--Oulala baby! I don't have the Ranger Distress inks yet--to do the base for this (Tim Holtz's gorgeous wrinkle free distressing technique)--so I made a version of it with Stampin Up reinkers. If you don't want to make your own background paper, you could use a favourite designer paper instead; then, just stamp in black and doodle on the white.

Edited to Add: A gorgeous cards and a great set of instructions for the technique

SUPPLIES to make the background paper:

Glossy white cardstock
(You can also use regular cardstock if you use Tim's wrinklefree method described here & on his blog here)
Reinkers in 2 colours or a monochromatic selection
(too many will muddy it; I used a green selection: Certain Celery, Mellow moss, Sage shadow, Glorious Green & Taken with teal.)
Little spray bottle
(I used an old refillable perfume bottle. You could use a mini mister)
Water Heatgun
Stazon ink
White signo gel pen
(of your choice)

1) Mix reinkers ( and a few drops water) in a spray-bottle. Mix the lightest colour first & add darker inks as you go.

2) Place the glossy cardstock on a protected work surface. A dry stainless steel sink is the ideal place to work. Spray colour on, starting with the lightest & getting darker until you like it.

3) Leave it on a flat surface & heatgun it dry. (Leaving it flat prevents drips)

4) If the cardstock is all woobley after it's dry, just put it under a stack of books to flatten it out.

5) Stamp over your paper with black Stazon ink. Let dry. Don't worry if you have a couple minor smudges; you can correct them with the next step:

6) Doodle on the white details with a white Signo gel pen. (If the ink stops flowing on you, just tap it on a scrap of paper and scribble 'til it starts again.) This is a very forgiving & fun technique. If you're using glossy paper and Stazon, then you can erase any mistakes you make in the white pen. Just keep some damp cotton swabs on hand.

For how to make this glue pen emboss flower, please see this post.

Other card ingredients:

Stamp: Kind thoughts, French Flair background, Baroque Motifs (little flower)
Blue Bayou, Basic Black & Whisper White
Accessories: Hodge Podge Hardware, black stitched ribbon, Giga scallop punch

Happy Stamping,
P.S. Here's a couple of tutorials for Tim Holtz's wrinklefree distressing:
Can't wait to get the Distress inks so I can do it properly--I love the bubbles they form. I think I'll have to wrack my brain for stamps that look more bandanna-ish too... :0) If you try this post a link, I'd love to see what you do!

P.S.S. Check this new EKsuccess cutter bee out! It pierces faux-zigzag-stitches in seconds. It's 5 bucks. Me likey! :0)


Corie said...

WOW WOW WOW -- This is just GORGEOUS -- Thanks so much for the step-by-step instructions!!

Margaret McDonald said...

that is beautiful paper you created there MMMM!

ScrapMomOf2 said...

You are KILLING ME! Well, not quite, but WOW! These tutorials are amazing! Can I PLEASE come over to play? The black stamping looked fantastic, and then the addition of the white is FANTASTIC! Mel, you're pretty amazing! Can you tell I LOVE this card? Wonderful!

Robin Beam said...

You did an awesome job "bandanna-ing"! I'm sending you my "official" instructions for it...coolio!

Inky Hugs,


mel m. m. mccarthy said...

OMGoodness! :0) THE artist looked at my silly lil' rendition. I am super flattered. How sweet & generous! :0) GRIN! Thank you Robin, Mel

April said...

Goodness this is AWESOME! You doodle amazingly! I have to try this for sure, I have bookmarked this as "must try"! Thanks for sharing!!!

Unknown said...

This is just beautiful I love everything about it, fabulous

Alex (SBS Sister)


Becky G said...

Fabulous as always! I just love your tutorials! I've never tried this before! Can you guess what I'm gonna be trying today? Thanks Mel!!!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! the technique is cool, but it's what you did with French Flair that thrills me! I didn't even recognize it...Love it! I feel like I got a brand new flourish stamp now!!

Catherine said...

Totally gorgeous, Mel!
I do have some of Tim Holtz's destress inks, so I'm totally trying this out!

Michelle Pearson said...

Love the bandana look. I've done it on plain cardstock...but your background is very pretty with it!

kathleenh said...

Wow! This is gorgeous! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial.

Risa said...

OMG.......I love this technique...very cool!
Thank you for visiting my blog and the lovely comments.

Erica Bass said...

I can't wait to try this. Now where's my mister bottle?

merrymstamper said...

this is awesome!!! you did a great job with this technique incorporating SU! products...Beautiful Card!

Maria said...

Oooh! So pretty! I love it! Your card is BEAUTIFUL! The colors are fabulous! Thank you for the tutorial!


Patty Tanúz said...

Wowowow is a beautiful Technique!!!!! You do beautiful things!!! Kisses from México!!!!

AnnMarie said... usual, Mel!! Really cool technique!

Anonymous said...

Girlie, you blog me away. This is WOW!!!! I love the bandana thingy. This is great. I'd love to play but I want somebody to play with.. you should come over!! :D

Bonnie said...

Soooo cool Mel! You have the very best tutorials!

Anonymous said...

This came out so beautifully!!! TFS!!!

L.A. said...

Words escape me on this one...too cool!!!

Lori SBS2

Charlene said...

This card is amazing! Thank you for stopping by my blog :o) I will definately be spending sometime on yours, your work is beautiful!

Sara Henton said...

This looks to COOL! You amaze me

Anonymous said...

This is great! I have one question, probably obviously to others but here it is... How did you hide the birdies?
Thanks for the amazing details that you share!

mel m. m. mccarthy said...

Hi Anonymous,

I put tape on the birds, then covered the stamp in stazon, pulled the tape off & stamped. Thanks for asking, :0) Mel

Melanie said...

very cool, I love how you made the dots different sizes to fill the thick and thin parts of the flourishes, that really makes it!