Surprise, surprise! You're getting "Tutorial Tuesday" on a Wednesday! Thanks for being so patient. I was at a meeting last night and by the time I got home and started working on putting this together, I could barely keep my eyes open. Thanks for cutting me some slack. :)
I was also wondering if all of you could help me out with a project.....CLICK HERE to read about this project.
I know that Polished Stone has been around for a while, but this was one of the techniques that someone said they wanted me to post when I did my RAK back in October (I think it was October). I figured there were plenty of people out there that haven't seen this, but also I wanted to show it with my "spin" on it, since I've since learned that there are a couple ways to do this technique. I'll show you the way I learned.
I LOVE this technique because no two backgrounds will ever be the same. Yes, I'm a big fan of "individualism." ;) I have to honestly say that I'm a bigger fan of using gold metallic ink with this technique because it has such a warm and toasty tone to it. It seems to rich with the gold as compared to the silver and copper. Pair that with gold embossing powder and you've got yourself a winner!
Another thing that I absolutely DIG about this technique is that most of us have everything we need to create it right in our craft bins! It's one of those techniques that's not "supply heavy." Chances are high that you have everything you need to do this RIGHT now. :)
* Metallic re-inker (I used the Encore Gold re-inker)
* Two dye-based re-inkers (I used the Classic ink in Cranberry Crisp and Old Olive)
* Rubbing alcohol
* Glossy cardstock
* cotton ball or cosmetic sponge (no, you don't need a whole bag.....I just thought it would be funny to post a picture with that HUGE HONKIN' bag of cotton balls! haha!)
* couple sheets of computer paper
Step 1) Place a cotton ball (or a cosmetic sponge) on the opening of a bottle of rubbing alcohol and wet your cotton ball. I usually tip the bottle three times onto the cotton ball. You want it wet, but you don't want it soaked.
Step 2) Using a metallic re-inker, squirt a line of ink down the middle of the cotton ball, alcohol-wet-side up.
Step 3) Using your dye-based re-inkers (the Classic inks, if you're using Stampin' UP inks), squirt a line of two different colors, one on each side of the metallic ink. This is what your cotton ball should look like with all 3 inks on it. On the left is the Old Olive, then the Gold metallic in the middle and the Cranberry Crisp on the far right.
Step 4) With your cardstock glossy-side-up, start "pouncing" your cardstock with your inked-up cotton ball.
Step 5) "Pounce" your cotton ball around the cardstock until you have it all inked up and you have the look you're pleased with. There's no wrong way for this to end up looking. It's totally up to you! You'll start to see the metallic ink "veining," which is really cool. As you keep going, it's going to do its own thing and the more it dries and separates, the better it gets!
Step 6) Place your cardstock between a sheet of computer paper and rub the paper to help pick up any wet metallic ink. You might need to move your cardstock to a fresh piece of computer paper to finish "blotting" it. You can also help the drying process by using an Embossing gun. Just be careful not to overheat your cardstock and "brown" it.
Here is the finished piece of cardstock.
I used this as a background on the card at the top of this post. The picture really doesn't do the background justice. The veining is all over the place and looks absolutely STUNNING!
I used one of my new favorite sets, The Snowflake Spot. For my cardstock, I used Always Artichoke as the card base, then a layer of Cranberry Crisp, then a layer of Brushed Gold cardstock (which is another one of those things you just HAVE to see in person because it's so beautiful.....you can catch a little bit of the gold glint in the picture of the finished card). I mounted my Polished Stone background on top of the Brushed Gold cardstock.
I stamped the big snowflake with VersaMark ink onto a piece of Cranberry Crisp cardstock. I also swiped the VersaMark pad along the edges of my cardstock. I sprinkled Gold Embossing Powder on my cardstock and heated it with my Embossing gun. I mounted my snowflake accent on a piece of Always Artichoke cardstock and mounted that onto my card.
I stamped the word "Cheers" from the Snowflake Spot set at the bottom of my card with Basic Black ink, but found that I needed to touch up some of the dots on the word with a black Sharpie marker. Not a biggie. :)
Keep a look out in the next two days, as I was having SO much fun with colors and created two more cards with the Polished Stone technique.....with completely different colors and completely different sets!