Sunday, March 8, 2009

How to make Tie Dye card stock

This is a fun project almost anyone can do. This is what you will need to make your own ;
Newspapers, disposable gloves, cut sheets of card stock, an old container ( I used an old 9 x 13 cake pan), ruler, paper towels, shaving cream (whatever scent you use it will stay with the cards forever! I use the aloe or lemon lime), your liquid ink of choice. (You can use Stampin Up re-inkers, food coloring or old computer refill inks.) I use the old inks I bought to refill my computer cartridges since I never figured out how to get the ink in without spilling it everywhere. I think you should be able to follow the pictures. Shake can of shaving cream, squirt into your container. Gently squirt or pour a few drops of ink on top of shaving cream. With an old pencil swirl ink by dragging pencil from side to side.
Do not mix or stir colors, see the picture. Take your cut sheet of card stock, (hope you have the gloves on by now) and push it into the shaving cream. Remove and use the ruler to gently scrape off the shaving cream. Use a paper towel to wipe off excess. The shaving cream that you scraped off your card can be scraped onto the edge of the pan and re-used. Continue pushing cards into the cream, you will get a different effect if you twist the card after you have pushed it into the cream. Also
the pattern will vary with the direction in which you scrape with your ruler. If you don't like the
look of one you can always re dip and do it again. When you get down to the bottom you can push the scraped leftovers into your pile and continue. Towards the end the colors will be mixed together too much and they won't be as vibrant. That's when I let the cream set on the card a little longer before I scrape it off. You may need to use an index card in place of a spatula to lift the card up without destroying the edges. Place finished cards on newspaper to dry making sure they do not overlap. It is natural for the cards to curl while working on them and while drying. The following day you can place your finished pieces underneath a heavy book for another day or two. You will get different effects also by the color of card stock you use. I like to see what they look like when they are done. Some look like the stems of flowers, others like the ocean. I then decide what card to use them on. I hope I explained this clearly, post any questions you may have.

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  1. What an interesting idea - I have never thought of making my own designer paper!

    I also wanted to say thank you SO much for the comment you left on my blog. You are such a talented crafter yourself, I am very flattered you liked my cards so much. Thanks again.

  2. Hello! I finally saw your posting on my blog on my cards. Thank you for your nice comments. I also would like to thank you for telling me about the shaving cream technique here on your blog. That is so neat! I am going to try it soon! Love all your cards too! Especially interested in the butterfly ones. The Flower Soft cards are beautiful! Keep up the great work! Hugs from Michigan!

  3. Thanks a ton it was a fantastic support, now to make tie dye card stock is definitely simple and easy by using your recommendation. Thanks

  4. This is really awesome, I plan on trying it soon for posters I'm printing for a show I'm putting on. Thanks a lot for sharing this.


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