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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Healing Hugs, String Art Technique, Get Well Card, 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! Catalog

Back in June Terri taught the group this fun "String Art" technique. We learn two techniques and I wasn't planning on choosing this one for the swap. I thought it would be too messy, plus I didn't have a catalog to put the paper between. As it turned out I did have a catalog, it wasn't very thick, but it doesn't need to be. 

This is a very simple technique to do. I used too much ink on my Baker's Twine so my image looks a bit thick.  There's a video you can watch here but the way it's done there needs some tweaking.  

When I was taught it, we used a baggie and added 6 to 8 drops of inker on a 30" piece of Baker's twine. The twine did hang over the bag because you do need something to grab onto without getting your fingers too inky.  We used an old Stampin' Up! catalog and we were able to make two at a time. I used some removable tape on the back of my Whisper White card stock. I set it inside the catalog and I closed it. That way the two pieces are affixed to the pages.  Once the strings were saturated with the ink we took them out and laid them on the card stock in "S" shapes and a loop or circle towards the bottom.  Because I used too much ink you can see the thread lines.  When you use two pieces of paper, you get two images, just a mirror image of the other. Oh and when using the baggie, you mush the string around inside (doing this on the outside of the baggie) then the string isn't sopping wet like mine was. I had put a lot of ink in a little cup and added my 30" of twine. I wore gloves and I did have to run the twine through my finger and thumb to get the excess ink off but I didn't use enough pressure because my string was way too wet. I started towards the back of my catalog and found fresh pages at least 8 pages away from the first pulling.  In the video the gal also had her strings hidden under her paper. Here we had the end of the string hanging out the bottom of the catalog. We pressed down on the catalog and pulled the string.  SO much easier, neater and quicker than the method in the video. 

I found it a bit messy and probably won't do this technique again. I do like it though.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Melon Mambo. On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic Black card stock. And my Whisper White piece was cut 3-3/4" x 5".  I did cut the Whisper White piece after the ink dried.

The words are from the "Healing Hugs" set and I stamped them using black Memento ink.

It was a fun card to make but too messy for me. Even with gloves, I still ended up with ink on my hands.  Not just my fingers, but hands!!!  I know, imagine that.  A stamper who gets ink on their hands!!! LOL

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

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