Monday, March 3, 2008

Suede - the tutorial!

Ok, I know this card isn't for everyone. Some will like it. Some might love it. Others will go... NO! Not me! Well, let's get past that shall we?? :-) I wanted to show this card because you never know when knowing this technique might come in handy. Western card? Man card? Earthy card? You never know! The technique I'm talking about is making your own suede paper.

So... let's begin! You need a plate or palette of some sort, a rubber brayer, some Liquid Applique and, of course, paper!
Squeeze out a line of the Liquid Applique onto your palette. This is how you will dip your brayer into it.
After you've "inked" up your brayer with the LA, time to take it to the paper! Don't worry about getting your application even. It will NEVER happen and you don't want it to. The uneven look of the color is what makes this take on the suede look.
Now all you need to do is take your heat tool to this paper and watch the color turn! See how different the color looks now?? Pretty fun huh?
This is a look at the paper after you've fully heat set it. Looks kind of like rust too doesn't it?
Here's a look at the card again, so you can see what I did... I took some rustic leaves decorative paper and mounted it onto a piece of metallic copper paper. I glued my leaf skeleton to this piece and added some copper embroidery thread around the base of this. I matted a 4 by 5-1/4" piece of the suede paper to a coppery brown colored card stock, added a metal embellie and I was done! After you make the suede paper this is really just a 5-minute card!
Enjoy today!!

EDITED TO ADD:
Deb had a question about where I got my leaf skeletons. Well, I got mine years ago, but I did find them online at the Frantic Stamper. Click HERE to see!
This site has an amazing array of colors!

28 comments:

Deb said...

Very cool card Julie. Beautiful color combinations!
Where did you purchase the skeletonized leaves?

Lois Michael said...

Wow great idea. I love learning new and different ideas. Thanks so much! Beautiful card too.

KayellWY said...

Thank you for that tutorial. You're right, I may just need that someday. :) It looks easy enough!

Karen

The Rubber Maid said...

I have a packet of those leaves in different metalic shades and I bought them at Michael's. Great card really classy. Pat

katieskiff said...

That is an awesome idea and wonderful tutorial! Thanks for sharing it!!

denise g. said...

Ok, now I need liquid applique in a brown color. Or can I use white and some distress ink?? GREAT idea, Julie.

Janine said...

Absolutely gorgeous... I need to make this for my uncle.. He would love it !!

Ann said...

OOOOOHHH! Love this card!

Where do you find Liquid Applique in the Magic City?

Ann said...

Oh, sorry, another question:

Does the Liquid Applique ruin your brayer foam, or wash right off?

Diane said...

Love it Julie!!! Neat technique!
You could use that type of card for
so many occasions!!! Gorgeous!!

Julie Koerber said...

Ann, Here's the answers to your questions!
- I have no idea where to buy LA here in town. I would say try either Hobby Lobby or Bens. I happen to have two--- want one? I'll just give it to you.
-Second, I used a rubber brayer not foam and it washed off. It took a bit of elbow grease to get it off but it wasn't challenging. It took like 30 seconds under the running hot water.

Hope that helps!!
Julie

Catherine said...

what a great technique..gotta try it!

Jan Scholl said...

depending on the color of LA you use, this would have so many ideas. White is snow or marshmallow, green is mossy, red is velver. I like it!

Phyl said...

Outstanding and really brings back fond memories using this technique. Love, love, love leaves. Did I say that I love leaves. Thanks for the inspiration.

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

OH my word, I am in the I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS category!!! No time now, but I WILL be back to give this a try - fabulous project!!!

Jennifer Buck said...

Ok...where on earth do I find this stuff! This is awesome! I must try this! Thanks for sharing...please let me know where you got the applique. Take care! :)

marcie said...

Great tutorial and beautiful card.
Thanks for sharing!
Marcie
SBS-5

SmilynStef said...

Very cool ... I know I have a bunch of this stuff stashed away somewhere ... wonderful technique.

Penny said...

Me likey! Very cool on blokey type cards as you said. I was just looking at a tutorial for leather card last night in a similar vein. I wonder if this will work with the pens I have...I'll report back. I only have black but I'll give it a go.

THANK-YOU for the nomination!! I am very happy and will mention it when I next blog :)

Sabrina aka okimom2girlz said...

Julie,
how cool is that? I told you I could learn from you :D. Thanks for this awesome technique. I have the leaves, but no brayer or LA. Internet here I come ;-).
Can't wait to try.

Juliana said...

WOWSA!!!
This is just WAY too cool for words!! Great card and fantastic technique!
Thanks for the tutorial!!

Sharon in NE said...

What a great technique! I would love to know who figures these things out. That is great. Thank you so much for sharing it

Chris said...

Wow thanks for sharing your fab tutorial... that's a beautiful card :D

LaY hOoN said...

Thanks for sharing with us this technique. I have saw some in the blog before, but never know that it's done in that way. But I'm not too sure what is Liquid Applique, and will I get it my store area here ?

"Jany" said...

TAC sells them as well http://diana.ismyangel.net/Products/Default.aspx?cid=204&pid=110 That's not my site since I don't have one but there are a variety of colors.

Sabrina aka okimom2girlz said...

Julie,
I did it!! Here is my version of your card ;). That first website that you mentioned for the liquid applique is awesome. They are really fast. Thanks for such a fun tutorial.

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/847220?cat=500&ppuser=119136

Susan said...

I saw Sabrina's card on SCS and came on over to see how she made it. This is a great technique! I too need a brayer and some liquid applique and some skeletonised leaves, and when I have them all I am going to make this card too.

Lisa Johnson said...

This is GREAT!!! what an innovative use if this product!

Just a little FYI... you can order LA directly from Mary's website. :D