Thursday, September 8, 2011

'Spooky' Herringbone Technique

I recently learned the 'herringbone' technique at a demonstrator meeting. And I love it. I started dreaming about all the different DSPs I could use... Beau Chateau, Big Top Birthday, Beyond the Garden... the possibilities for gorgeous backgrounds were endless! Though somewhat time-consuming, it is certainly not a hard technique. It is also worth the work!

Since I loved it so much, I just knew my customers would love it too!  Six lucky ladies are doing this technique at my stamper's group on Sunday (Are you in Ottawa? Find out what a stamper's group is all about by coming to one to try it out! Email me to find out how). It's also perfect for this week's Pals Paper Arts Challenge, Hallowe'en-themed projects! I used the Frightful Sight DSP in the 2011/2012 IB&C as well as the new Scaredy Cat stamp set - love them both!

Tips & Tricks:

*Wondering how I made the 'scaredy cat' stamp two-colored? I used Stampin' Write markers! They contain the same ink as our ink pads! Just remember to moisten your image a bit more by 'huffing' on it before stamping - the markers aren't quite as 'juicy' as our ink pads ;)
*When creating a card with a background as its focus, choose a stamped image that's simple, like the cat, and that doesn't take away from the background. You also don't want it to be too 'busy'.
*The 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon is the perfect accessory when you want to add just a little something to card without taking away from the main focal points.
*Love the Herringbone Technique too? Stay tuned for a tutorial - coming soon! And don't worry - it doesn't have to be a spooky herringbone, it can baby-themed, party-themed, whatever you want! Just make sure your chosen DSP coordinates well together.

Hope you love this technique as much as I did. I promise, I'll have a tutorial for you but 'til then, keep letting stamps bring out your creativity!


Lynne said...

Oh Monica... I really like this one. I tried the herringbone technique at that meeting too and enjoyed it. I didn'tknow about the huffing on the stamp part though... I'm just a newbie. Thanks. I like learning something new.


Angie said...

I really like your card, the colors are wonderful. I will be keeping an eye on your blog because I want to learn about this herringbone technique!

Oops a Daisy Designs said...

Very cute card! Love the DSP. Thank you for playing along with Pals Paper Arts.

Monica Hornof said...

Thanks everyone :) The technique was a big hit at my stamper's group today. I'll be back with a tutorial soon!