Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Fiber & Chalk Tips & Techniques

Wanda II is to be credited with the leg work on this info over at the CK website and Ithought it was definately worth sharing...ENJOY

50 ways to use fibers

1. Map out your vacation route with fibre threaded through eyelets.
2. Use as laces on paper pieced-shoes.
3. Make a frame around a matted photo or journal box.
4. Tie through the hole of a tag.
5. Use in a sports scene as a basketball hoop, soccer net or fishing
6. Create grass or trees.
7. Spell out a title using fibres to stitch out the letters.
8. Wrap around a border, nugget, tag or corner accent several times.
9. Make hair or other features on paper dolls.
10. Use as a string for balloon diecuts or eyelets.
11. Tie lassos for western pages.
12. Create seaweed on an ocean or vacation page.
13. Attach a tail to a kite.
14. Build a mountain/water outline.
15. Use a rope for a tug of war scene.
16 Fringe on animals.
17. Wrap fibres around letters.
18. Create a shadow for die cut letters.
19. Use fibres to tie 2 or more elements together.
20. Weave through mesh.
21. Create bows! .
22. Scarf on a paper pieced snowman.
23. Attach to a brad and use it as a yoyo.
24. Fibre piecing. http://www.fiberscraps.com
25. Used to stitch pieces together to form a pocket.
26. As embroidery stitching.
27. Attach tire (swing) to tree.
28. Wrapping presents.
29. Crossing corners of a photo mat or journal box.
30. Clothesline for hanging mittens with wooden clothespins.
31. Stitching a template design.
32. Thread punchies on fibre and create a bracelet around a photo/mat.
33. Down the length of the page, photomat or journal box as a border.
35. To hang/attach buttons or charms.
36. Used to hang signs or metal rimmed tags from buttons, brad and
37 Decorations on a Christmas Tree.
38. Decorations on an Easter Egg.
39. Create a spider web.
40. Lacing 2 pieces together.
41. Ends of a hammock.
42. Wind fibres tightly to form the centre of a flower or leaves.
43. To knit or crochet page accents.
44. As a! blanket stitch around a border, or mat.
45. Tassels.
46. Braiding the fibres together to create borders, page breaks etc.
47. As needlepoint stitches on your page elements.
48. Hanging header letter squares or mini tags.
49. Enhancing die cuts
50. Accent on Serendipity Squares.

Chalking Techniques

1) Chalking Torn Edges – gives dimension to any layout
2) Lettering Templates
3) Freehand Drawing
4) Customized Background Papers
5) Borders
6) Template Shapes
7) Highlighting Paper Piecings and Die Cuts
8) Stained Glass effect: chalk on backside of vellum in dry embossed image
9) Chalk in stamped images
10) Faux Suede: apply same color chalk onto colored cardstock .
11) Versamark stamp off some chalk, rub more chalk over wet ink.
12) Crumple vellum and chalk over creases
13) Fingerpainting: Layer chalk in multiple colors. Spritz with water and fingerpaint! Lay flat to dry.
14) Tie Dye: Layer multiple colors of chalk on THICK cardstock. Run under water and crumple. Lay flat to dry.
15) Reverse chalking: Chalk over punches or die cuts, leaving a negative image.
16) Reverse chalking. Chalk an area, use a white rubber eraser to remove some chalk to make a pattern or highlight an item.
17) Chalk Dragging: Drag chalk square over textured cardstock.
18) Letter lifting: use letter stickers on a page, chalk over them, then carefully lift off, leaving the negative space.
19) Scrape chalk onto a layer of water in a shallow pan. Dip a white tag into water, chalk will stick to tag in swirls. Lay flat to dry.
20) Use a clean q-tip or cotton ball as a blender on any chalked piece.
21) Chalk over dry embossed image for dimension.
22) Highlight words in journaling with chalk.
23) Faux Photo Tinting--print b/w photo onto white cardstock or linen-textured white Bazzill and use chalk to tint the photo.
24) Tone down vivid areas in patterned paper--use grey/brown/dark green tints to tone down a bright floral or geometric.
25) Highlight watermarks--stamp an image with Versamark and drag chalk over to tint/highlight.
26) Chalk your design with a brass stencil. Do not dry emboss. Instead...
1. Remove the stencil and clean the chalk off. Be sure stencil is dry.
2. Carefully line the stencil back up and tape the stencil down on all 4 sides, starting at the top.
3. Working quickly, apply translucent embossing paste evenly over the stencil, filling all the holes completely.
4. Scrape the excess paste off.
5. Carefully remove the tape on sides and bottom, then carefully lift the stencil using the top strip of tape for a hinge.
6. If desired sprinkle fine glitter over the design and tap excess glitter off.
7. Allow design to dry.
You can also use the white embossing paste. Tape the stencil down as directed above. Follow the rest of the steps. When the design is dry, you can color it with chalks, as well as colored pencils, watercolors, inks, etc.

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