2014 Technique Calendar
Faux Embossing w/ White Glue
January's technique is a really fun inexpensive alternative to embossing.
You simply replace white glue with embossing inks, powders, heat tool, heck, even stamps if you want with plain old white glue.Supplies:
White Glue (whatever you have on hand)
Acrylic Paint (2-3 colors)
Embellishments (if desired)
As far as glue goes you can use any white glue you have on hand. I thought I had some Elmers left but I couldn't find it so I'm thinkin' I must have used the last of it up on a project before Christmas. I had a bottle of Aleene's Tacky Glue which works just as well. Really...the whole point is to use whatever you've got in your stash.
1. There are a couple ways you can go about your faux embossing. You could if you choose stamp an image using clear embossing ink or a resist type ink. This will leave an image for you to "trace" with your white glue.
You could simply free-hand desired images with the glue. This is what I choose to do. Since this is for January I wanted to make snowflakes (big surprise huh?...after all the snow I'm seeing snowflakes everywhere -LOL!!).
Here is my tag all painted & drying...
4. Once your initial layer of paint has dried, rub your second color of acrylic paint over the first using a sponge or paper towel...pay special attention to the cracks and crevices among your images.
TIP: I usually use a light and dark paint for these two layers...here I used the light color (silver) with a darker blue over top. You want the contrast between the two.
You don't want a solid layer of color...just mostly a dry brushed type appearance.
6. Finish off your tag as desired. I have in the past used stamped images, collage images, die-cuts, flowers, etc. to embellish my calendar pages. This year I decided to use a stamped person for each month. I'm going to try for mostly vintage style people. I *hope* I have enough for each month but it may be an opportunity to purchase a new stamp or two - LOL!!
And here's my finished January calendar tag...
(Stamp Credit: Deep Red Stamps Vintage Skating Girl)
a better view of the dimension achieved with the white glue...
Now it's your turn!