In the last tutorial (Magic Elixir Bottles) I talked about asking yourself “what if” and experimenting a bit when you create. What have you got to lose, after all, it is just paper, if it turns into a craft fail, it really is no big loss.
The best part of “what if”s is that sometimes you stumble onto something really cool. “Happy accidents” as I call them. Today’s card is one of those happy accidents. You will see when we get to the end…
Cut one 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of pattern paper (Tim Holtz Laboratorie) and one piece of cardstock (Tim Holtz Kraft Core Shattered) .
Score both piece of paper in the middle to create two side fold 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ cards.
Adhere the two cards together with the pattern paper card on the outside.
Use Tissue Tape to tape the large Sized Rectangle blade foam side down in the center of the card front.
Place the die foam and paper side up in a base tray. Add a cutting plate below the base tray and a cutting pad on top of the paper. Pass the stack through a Vagabond or Big Shot/BigKick.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink around the edges and on the fold. The window will be covered so you don’t need to ink the edges.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Black Soot Distress Ink to the edges.
Cut a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Tim Holtz Mirror Sheet.
Place the mirror face down. Peel the white backing off of the piece.
Select one of the 6″ x 6″ patterns from the Laboratorie Paper Stash.
Place the paper face down (the pattern you want to use) one the sticky back side of the mirrored sheet. Keep in mind you will end up seeing the desired pattern in reverse so avoid anything with text or images that have a clear direction.
Use a bone folder to burnish over the surface well.
Mist the paper with water. Let the water soak in. When the paper feels soft, begin rubbing your fingers over the surface to begin rubbing the paper pulp away. You will reveal the patter you are keeping.
Continue misting and rubbing paper pulp away until you have revealed the full image. Try to remove as much paper pulp as possible. For the magic effect to be revealed at the end, you will want to remove as much of the paper pulp as possible without losing the image. With paper transfers it is possible to rub so much that you remove the image you are transferring and wanting to keep. For this card, I think losing some of the image is okay since you want to remove as paper pulp as possible. When you have removed most of the paper pulp, you should feel a slight stickiness on the surface.
Stamp a text image with Jet Black Archival ink to add random text over the surface. The stamped image and ink should dry on the surface because of the remaining paper pulp, making the non porous surface porous.
Embellish the front of the card with Apothecary Remnant Rubs. Again, since there is some paper pulp on the surface you should have no problem adhering the rub ons.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges of the piece.
Use an ink blending tool to brush the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.
Many times with paper transfers you end up with a slightly tacky surface. There are many things you can do to coat the surface to take care of the stickiness. On this piece, I chose to apply clear embossing powder over the surface. Sprinkle clear embossing powder over the card. It will stick to any remaining stickiness. Shake any excess off.
The embossing powder will not stick to the rub ons.
Carefully heat the embossing powder to melt it. It should be a thin layer and shouldn’t be hard to melt. Keep in mind that you are heating a plastic surface that can melt or warp if overheated. I generally melt embossing powders with my stronger Milwaukee heat tool. In this case, the gentler Ranger Heat It tool is the best heat tool to use. It may take longer to melt your powder but you are not as likely to warp the surface as you are with the Milwaukee. Trust me on this, I melted a few… (sad face). A really hot heat tool can also cause your rub-ons to lift. If they lift up, simply press them back down and heat a different area until they are cool again.
After melting the powder, the front will have a glossy and liquid like look. Because the powder doesn’t stick to the rub ons, they will remain flat black. Place strong adhesive tape around the window. Peel the protective film off of the mirrored side. Adhere the mirror piece to the front of the card with the mirror facing the inside of the card.
Die cut a postage frame from Grungepaper using the Postage Frame die with the large Sized Rectangle insert. Paint the frame with Black Soot Distress Paint. Use a heat tool to dry the paint.
Brush over the frame with Brushed Pewter Distress Paint. Use the dabber to apply the paint in straight lines in different directions to create a brushed metal look. Dry the frame with a heat tool.
Line the frame opening on the inside with Tissue Tape. Adhere the frame to the inside of the card around the window to frame the mirror.
Tear two 4″ pieces of ruler style Tissue Tape. Ink over the tape with an ink blending tool and Scattered Straw Distress Ink.
Sand the edges of three Alpha Tiles spelling “BOO”. Use an ink blending tool to brush the edges of the tiles with Black Soot Distress Ink.
Adhere a Cross Bones Adornments to the lower left corner of the mirror. Adhere the tiles to the inside of the card over the Tissue tape overlapping the skull. Finish the phrase using Label Letters.
Fill the eyes of the skull red Stickles.
Add rub on sentiments to the frame if desired.
I call this card a magic mirror because it reminds me of fun house mirrors, but also because…
when you hold the card up to the light, the design on the paper and the rub ons shows through the mirror. How stinking cool is that? I kind of think it is some spooky papercrafting magic!
Now for the disclaimer… this only works if you get all or almost all the paper pulp rubbed off during the paper transfer. If you leave very much pulp, it blocks the light and doesn’t let the image show through. Even if you leave pulp and don’t get the magic, the card is really fun with the fun house mirror effect on the inside.
Isn’t this card so fun? I think the technique would be fun incorporated into a picture frame for Halloween decor too! Oh how that idea makes me want to run to my work table!!