Monday, 30 August 2021

Wrapped Yarn Resist Birch Trees

Hello and Welcome
It's my turn to host the TLC (Technique Lovers Challenge) over at Splitcoast Stampers.  
For my challenge, I have chosen to do a simple technique using some yarn, a clothespin and a cotton ball. 
 I did create 2 cards just so you could see the difference between using Acrylic Paint and Inks.

Above is Card #1 created using Acrylic Paints
Card #2 below is created using Distress Oxide inks.

Both cards are made using the same technique.

So here's what I did to create
Card #1
  • I began by cutting a piece of white cardstock that I wanted to use for my front panel.
  • I wrapped some scrap yarn around the panel from top to bottom, overlapping and randomly winding the yarn.  
  • Next, I used a clothespin and a cotton ball and dipped it into some acrylic paint that I had squeezed out onto my non-stick craft mat.
  • I sponged the paint over the yarn wrapped cardstock as you can see from the picture below.

  • I started at the top sponging on the paint, changed the cotton ball for the next colour and continued dabbing over the yarn until my whole panel was covered with paint.  Don't forget to change the cotton ball so you don't end up with a muddy background.
  • When I was happy with the paint coverage, I carefully removed the yarn and let the paint dry.
  • When the paint was dry, I used a Signa Fine Line marker to trace along the edges of the white area left behind by the yarn, defining the tree trunks.  I added some dashed lines for the bark details.
  • I splattered with my white Posca pen, then die cut the sentiment from the panel.
  • I glued the painted panel onto a heavy white card base, then pop dot mounted the sentiment back into place, matching it up.

Card #2

  • Again, I used the same technique as mentioned above, but this time I used my Distress Oxide inks to see how it would work and to give a different kind of look to the panel. This background doesn't have as much texture that the paint gives, but I was still able to achieve a nice look.
  • I rubbed my Distress Oxide ink pads onto my non-stick craft mat, sprayed with water and then dipped my cotton ball into the wet ink to dab over the panel.
Here is what the diluted DOX inks looked like dabbed onto the cardstock.
  • I die cut the sentiment from a piece of white cardstock that I covered with some clear packing tape.  (I have mentioned this technique before in previous blog posts.  I like to do this as it gives the sentiment a nice shine and adds to the stability.
  • I splattered with my black Posca pen, then glued the inked panel onto a white card base.
  • I glued the sentiment on top and then added the black gems.

Here is the comparison of the two different backgrounds side by side.

This is where I first found this technique if you want to check it out:

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
I hope you get a chance to try it out.

Stamps- none
Inks- DOX (shown above)
Paper- heavy white cardstock (Scribes Nook- Waterloo, Ont.)
Accessories and Tools- cotton balls, string, clothespin, Basics Acrylic Paint, Posca pens, 
Awesome die (Neat and Tangled);  Live, Love, Laugh die (Frantic Stamper); pop dots; 
black gems; clear packing tape


Jennifrann said...

OOOOH! This is going to be fun! Great technique. Great challenge!

Bunny said...

How clever and pretty. [Bunny]

Pat said...

That looks fantastic Karen and the tree trunks look fabulous with the added lines around to give shape and the look of the birch bark. I love your colour combinations too and both the Oxides and the acrylic paint work well to give an interesting look. It is deceiving in the photos because your yarn looks very thin but the finished tree trunks look the perfect size, certainly not too thin, but photos often don't portray things well. A fun technique and certainly worth trying out..thank you for the great inspiration. x

Verna Angerhofer said...

You are so creative and this is so cool with the birch trees. I never would have guessed that this was the way you made the scene either. So glad you shared with us.

Lori m said...

Gorgeous card, love the technique, hugs, Lori m

Lin said...

What a fun technique, Karen! I love birch trees, so I have to give this a try!!

cuilliesocks said...

Wonderful cards Karen, I love the trees and your se of colour, fab designs, Kate x

Christine Alexander said...

such a cool technique, I love both cards :)

kiwimeskreations said...

Fascinating technique Karen - thanks for the comparison between the two mediums too. Love both the cards, they each have an appeal.
Stay safe

Monica C. said...

Fascinating technique, thank you for sharing. I really like the flatter look of the inks.
Hugs Monica

amanda joseph said...

perfect look

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