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Published on May 10th, 2013 | by Kristen Swain

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Tie Dye Technique

Good morning, friends!

I have a fun technique to share with you today. I have seen this technique around a bit lately, the funny thing is that I was creating these cards to share here with you and I started seeing some of my talented friends creating using a tie dye technique. Great minds must really think alike. I think card making is fun, short and sweet and so appreciated by those who receive them. I get requested for birthday cards the most out of all cards when I sell them at craft fairs, so I thought I would share a handful with you.

Do you enjoy creating your own patterned paper? I do, often there are times I want to jump out of the box and make something amazing. I think I did that with this tie dye technique.

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What you need to accomplish this is…

  • Alcohol inks ( you could also use spray mists if you would like)
  • white cardstock
  • a simple stamp ( I am using a Close to My Heart rose stamp but any big flower will do)
  • stamp ink  ( I used black dye ink)

You start out with your white cardstock. I layered a second underneath so that any ink that went through didn’t stain my work surface.

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You may use any assortment of colors you’d like. just remember that colors mix and blend and you don’t want to end up with muddy brown.

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I liked the orange, watermelon, teal, stream, lime and gold colors in this one. All you do is turn the dropper over and kind of shake like a salt shaker, aiming in the spots you want color. You can add a couple drops of rubbing alcohol, or you can use a blender to create droplets and effects and blending. I stayed in the middle of the paper, and just used what I liked. I also liked to let the color dry a moment before starting on my next color.

Simply stamp your flower or other stamp onto the paper, let dry for a few moments and cut out. I don’t mind cutting out, I will watch tv while I do it, so I just stamp a whole sheet at once.

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Here is my simple card. I stamped and cut out the labels ( Basic Grey) and used a greeting stamp from (hero arts). After I hand cut the flower, I popped it up with some foam tape and added some handcut leaves that I folded for dimension. I finished the card with a traced edge with pen.

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I also found it was gorgeous in reverse. The back of the paper had beautiful soft muted hues.

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For this card, I stamped a couple (ekSuccess) leaves and stems, then added the flowers that I hand cut. Popped up with foam tape for dimension. I used a couple scraps of patterned papers ( My Mind’s Eye, SEI) and a May Arts ribbon. Again, I used that (Hero Arts) sentiment.

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There were a few really blended colors I decided I liked so I stamped them and made this card..

 

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This time I stamped the (Eksuccess) stems and leaves on green paper, and cut them out. Adding a strip of paper down the side of the card, I layered the flowers onto that. I used (Hero Arts) birthday sentiment and added a button and twine ( the twinery). I also glitzed the flower centers with some clear glitter ( Joann’s)

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I often will go around my flowers and lift the edges of them so that they pop off the page better.

I also created some really saturated cardstock with lots of purples, blues and oranges.

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Again, I cut out the flower, leaves and stems. I cut several flowers apart and layered them onto the large flower, giving layers and dimension. A simple banner cut, a label stamp ( Basic Grey) and another (hero arts) birthday stamp.

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I thought the colors were just lovely in this cardstock, so I created one final card.

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A row of three, all different and vibrantly colored. I added a skewer and birthday banner, and a couple of hand cut leaves.

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Kristen

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