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Glossy Card Stock

Written and Created by PaperCraftCentral Susan

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Did you know? Glossy card stock can be used to make faux flannel blankets for your papercraft projects? It really is quite an amazing technique to try. It's a great way to use your reinkers as well. You really don't need many supplies to try this technique either.

Scroll down for a list of the supplies you will need and to find the instructions for making a little flannel blanket of your own.

Glossy card stock can be stamped on, embossed,and it continues to hold a shine.

Gather Your Supplies:

You will need the following supplies:

  • Glossy card stock  in a size that will fit inside your Embossing Folder and Big Shot machine (Your paper needs to have a glossy finish to it or the technique will not work. Most of this type of paper is finely coated in a shiny clay medium).
  • Three shades of reinker. I used So Saffron, Bashful Blue (retired) and Pink Pirouette (retired) from Stampin' Up! but choose your colours to suit your own project of course
  • The closely patterned Stampin' Up! Square Lattice embossing folder (or similar close patterned one as the square lattice one is now retired) and Big Shot Machine
  • A baby wipe (preferably the kind with no alcohol in them as the rest can be used to clean rubber stamps without causing any drying of the rubber)
  • Scratch paper
  • Some wide satin ribbon to coordinate with your reinker colours and a paper piercing tool or sewing machine (optional)

Glossy Card Stock Card Instructions:

Here's how to make your faux blanket:

  • Lay down your scratch paper and place your piece of shiny card upon it
  • Fold the Baby Wipe to make an edge about 1cm long. Add some reinker to the edge you have created
  • Swipe the ink across your cardstock in straight lines horizontally, leaving room to add other colours in between
  • Fold a new edge from the Baby Wipe and add a new colour to that edge. Swipe this colour across the cardstock horizontally, just under the last lines of colour
  • Fold a new edge from the Baby Wipe and add reinker to the edge in the third colour. Swipe horizontally across your cardstock as before, this time filling in the blank spaces between the first two colours
  • Now turn your cardstock 90 degrees and repeat the above process, this time swiping colours horizontally to cross your first lines of colour at 90 degree angles. The first colours should be softened a little by the second layer of ink
  • Once you have your inking done, place the inked paper in the embossing folder and run it through the Big Shot to add your texture to it. You have your faux flannel blanket!
  • Now is the time to pierce holes across the top of the blanket and add your wide satin ribbon, doubled over and stitched down, to look like the top edge of the blanket
  • Add your faux flannel piece to your greeting card or scrapbook page and finish your card as desired

You can find out about other types of card stock and see a table listing some of their suggested uses.

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