Realized I neglected to finish this post during Sale-A-Bration 2017, so forgive the retired, no-longer-available stamp set, please! I wanted to share the timeless technique of using a doily as a stencil to create beautiful, one of a kind background papers in any ink color.
Doilies are by nature quite fragile, so I found that the new sponge brayer was the best choice for a gentle application of ink. When you're done stenciling your paper, you can use the doily on your card, too, so there's no waste at all! And it will be intensely color from all those rolls with the brayer.
There's more than one technique on this card, though!
After my patterned paper was completely, I misted it with the mini spritzers and rubbing alcohol until it was quite damp, then "ruched" the paper with my fingers, into a fan shape (wider at the top than at the bottom.) The wet-paper ruching technique is great for making papers more pliable, and it doesn't take long to dry because it's alcohol instead of water.
TIPS: If the paper becomes too stiff while you're working it, just spritz it again. And if you're in a super hurry for it to dry, you can use the Heat Tool embossing gun to make it faster. The other reason to use rubbing alcohol instead of water is that water causes the ink to run much more than quick-drying alcohol.
I also ruched the ribbon, to echo my paper, did you see? That's even easier. Just lay a strip of Tear N Tape where you want it to be, and press the ribbon down along it, making regular folds as you go. The Tear N Tape is up to the job of holding it in place. Fun!
Thanks for checking out these two EASY techniques today--leave me a comment and let me know if you're going to try them!