Thursday, June 7, 2018

Creating Texture In Unexpected Ways Sea of Textures Cards

Creating Texture In Unexpected Ways
Hello, everyone! I am so happy to be sharing my creativity on the company blog today. I will be showing you a few ways to create texture on your projects, maybe in ways you may not have thought of. I just know you’re going to love what I have to share today!

Adding texture to your projects can create so much depth and interest, and there are so many ways to do it. I typically add lots of layers to my card for a little extra texture, but if you’re like me, you like to explore other ways to get that gorgeous look.

For my cards today, it seemed fitting to use the Sea of Textures Stamp Set (146488) paired with the Artisan Textures Stamp Set (146572).  I mean, “texture” is in the names of these sets, right?! I will show you how I use these two sets to create texture by creating stamped backgrounds as well as how to add it onto places you may not typically expect.

On both of my cards you will notice loads of texture. You can achieve this look easily. I started with Balmy Blue Cardstock (146982) on one card and Whisper White Thick Cardstock (140272) for the other for my bases. I used one of the textured stamps from the Artisan Textures Set to create my textured background. To do this I used my SaharaSand Ink Pad (147117) on my white base and my Balmy Blue Ink Pad (147105) on my blue base repeatedly until the entire surface had been stamped. I stamped off first each time I stamped to get a softer image. It created a real cool “tossed up sand” look which seems quite appropriate for the theme of this ocean card. This simple step of stamping and creating a background produces so much texture and depth on its own, but let’s talk about a few more ways.

Another great way to create texture is to stamp onto your Designer Series Paper. You’ll see in the close-up of the picture below how the large wood-textured starfish has a bit of a pattern on it. To achieve this look I drew a star shape onto a piece of WoodTextures Designer Series Paper (144177) and cut it out 4 times so that I could layer them on top of each other for a faux wood element look. I sanded and inked the edges in Sahara Sand Ink to soften the points of the star. Then I used the “pebbly” looking stamp from the Artisan Textures Set to stamp right onto the star. I think this not only adds more texture, but character to the starfish as well.  

Along with stamping onto DSP, you can use textured or patterned stamps with embossing powder on top of an already stamped image to get a textured dimensional look. Achieving this look is simple. I start by stamping my main image (in this case, my octopus). Then after the ink is completely dried, I use one of the textured stamps from the Artisan Textures Set to stamp with onto my image with Versamark Ink (102283) and then added Gold Embossing Powder (109129). After melting the powder with my Heat Tool (129053), all of the gorgeous texture I had stamped was revealed in beautiful gold metallic tones. The effect is really quite stunning. I tried to capture this in the photo below. For a finishing touch on my cards and a dash of additional texture I added some embellishments.

Of course there are countless other ways to add texture to your projects. You could, as mentioned earlier, add layering. You could use embossing paste for a fun background, or you could even distress cardstock. There are so many great options for adding texture!

I hope that you have enjoyed this creative tip and found it helpful in adding texture and interest to your projects. I encourage you to give these techniques a try and to look for even more ways to dress up your designs.  You will just love the unique outcome and feel like a true artist!
Happy Crafting!

Lauren Alarid
2018 Artisan Design Team

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