Published on May 10th, 2013 | by Kristen Swain0
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I also found it was gorgeous in reverse. The back of the paper had beautiful soft muted hues.
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.
There were a few really blended colors I decided I liked so I stamped them and made this card..
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)
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.
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.
I thought the colors were just lovely in this cardstock, so I created one final card.
A row of three, all different and vibrantly colored. I added a skewer and birthday banner, and a couple of hand cut leaves.