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Friday, May 25, 2012

"Happy Birthday Dad" ...using my handmade embossed TP paper!

Hello Everyone!

I'm super excited to share my first project using the handmade embossed paper that I made with...wait for it...TOILET PAPER and an embossing folder!  How cool is that!

If you missed my last post about the June technique challenge I'm hosting over at Blockheads Paper Arts then check it out here and then continue reading to see how I made this super cool card!

Step 1 is to make the embossed paper just with toilet paper, water and an embossing folder - read my full tutorial on how to do that here.

And now for my masculine Birthday themed card...

Once you've made your embossed TP paper try colouring it with Distress Inks using the DTP technique, or in this case the DTTP method, LOL.  I used Pumice Stone, Tea Dye and Black Soot Distress Ink pads.

I found it's best to dab the ink pad directly onto the embossed surface instead of doing a lot dragging or swiping of the ink pad to avoid making the toilet paper bitty.

Spritz the TP paper with water in a mini Mister to make the inks blend and create an array of new colours.  While the TP is still wet tear away the bottom portion.  Put it aside to dry.

Weird how that pink showed up after spritzing the Distress Inks!

Pink just won't do for my masculine card so I applied more Distress inks to cover most of it.

When I made the long embossed sheet I also did a smaller one because I wanted to cut the upper case 'D' and 'A' out of it and also salvaged the lower case 'd' from the long sheet.

Apply Adirondack Gold Mixative Alcohol Ink, or gold acrylic paint, to the embossed areas with a Q-Tip or brush.  Ink up the vertical 'Happy Birthday' sentiment from Blockheads' Verses full sheet with a combination of Tea Dye and Black Soot Distress Inks and stamp it onto a piece of textured white cardstock and cut out.

Distress the edges of the panel with Tim's Distress Tool.  Apply gold Mixative Alcohol Ink to the distressed edges with a Q-Tip.  Cut a mat from brown cardstock and do the same to the edges.  Adhere the sentiment to the mat with permanent adhesive tape.  Cut another panel the same length as the sentiment mat from the brown cardstock and treat the edges the same way.  Also cut mats for each letter and distress and colour those edges too.  Adhere the TP letters to the mats with white craft glue.

TIP:  With all the cutting and tearing you might notice that the TP is starting to peel in places.  I just added a few dabs of white craft glue to repair those areas and that did the trick. 

Adhere the brown panel behind the main TP layer on the right hand side with craft glue and wrap a piece of raffia around the panels and tie with a knot on the right hand side.  Adhere the sentiment panel on the left hand side over the raffia and the letters to the card front too.  Then adhere everything to a top fold card made from black cardstock (I applied gold Mixative ink to distress the edges of the black card first).  Punch two holes in the sentiment panel and attach mini brass brads.

Embellish the raffia 'bow' with a brass pocket watch charm.

Punch a small hole in the top right corner and attach a small brass brad.

How about that for a unique birthday card?  It's up to you if you want to reveal that the main feature is made out of toilet paper, LOL, but I'd love to see their faces if you do ;0)

I hope I've inspired you to give this technique a try and look forward to seeing your entries in the Blog Hop Technique Challenge on the Blockheads' Blog.   You've got the chance to win a $25 gift certificate in the Blog Hop and if you don't have a blog you can also enter via our Facebook Group instead for a chance to win your choice of a 4" x 5" set of Blockheads' stamps cut on cling cushion!  So what do you say, want to play with us?!

I've entered my card in some fun challenges:
Stamping with Dragon - Birthdays And Boys (Two for One)
ATCs With Attitude - ATC & Cards Anything Goes Challenge #14 
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards Challenge #13 For the Boys
Fairy Tale Challenge #41 Boys and Men
Fat Pages with Attitude Challenge #14 - Anything Goes

Happy Stamping!
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  1. Deine Karte sieht total klasse aus. Gefällt mir sehr.
    Danke für deine Teilnahme bei Fairy tale Challenge. Liebe Grüße.

  2. Leigh these look WOW, I have just gone through the tutorial, brilliant. Just love the effects. Will have to give this a go, thank you for sharing, also thank you for joining us at Fat Pages and ATC's With Attitude this week xx

  3. What a FABULOUS idea...embossed TP...who knew? I love how distressed you made it look. I'm SO gonna try this! Thank you for playing with us at CCCC.

    Torrey (CCCC DT member)

  4. Awesome, Leigh! I absolutely love this! Can't wait to try this technique! :)

  5. I tried this technique ages ago but had no where near the results youve achieved here, fabulous!!
    A great card :)
    Thanks for joining us over on ATCs & Fat Pages With Attitude.
    Hugs Alison x x

  6. Wonderful card love the colours and design!

  7. Just gorgeous, Leigh!! I think I can guess who this card is for. I have to get moving and make my TP papers. Love how the inks looked after spritzing.

  8. Thanks so much for the wonderful tutorial, I must give this a go, it looks so effective. Thanks for sharing your wonderful card with us at both ATC and Fat Pages with Attitude. Caz

  9. great card and tutorial...
    thank you for taking part in the the challenge at fat pages and cards with attitude this week
    Debbi x

  10. Gorgeous card. Your colours inspired me for mine. Any Dad would be proud to receive your card ;-)


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