Saturday, 11 June 2011

Paper Transformation Tutorial as promised.

Hi there everyone
As I promised at the Extravaganza; here is the step by step paper transformation I demonstrated though be warned, there are tons of pictures.......... There are 3 stages to this process but the third one is optional.
To begin step one you need your non stick craft sheet, A4 copier paper, distress stains in the colours of your choice and water. I'm using Walnut Stain, Forest Moss and Fired Brick for this tutorial.
 Liberally scribble  the distress stains over the paper (Don't be shy!)
Spritz liberally with water until your paper looks something like this
 Fold and scrunch the paper into a ball until you have a soggy ball

         (Just a tip, I use another sheet of paper to mop up the distress stain that is on the mat to use later)
                 You need to VERY carefully begin to unfold the paper as it is pretty fragile at this stage.
Then you can either put it outside to dry or dry with a heat gun

 The paper needs to be totally dry for the next stage.


 For stage two you need a clear embossing pad, clear UTEE, tidy tray and heat gun

Swipe the pad over the paper in all directions (the harder you press the more you will cover)


 Sprinkle with Utee as shown and heat emboss as shown.What you will end up with after this is a piece of textured paper which looks and feels nothing like the original copier paper. As a bonus, BOTH sides look great
                                                                                   Front


                                                                          Back

You can stop there or continue to stage 3; for this you will need a distress blending tool, ink and rub n buff gilding wax


Using the tool begin to add colour from the pad over the paper; this emphasises more of the creases and adds some real depth to the paper.
When you have done that then take some rub n buff (I used Autumn Gold) You only need a tiny bit; rub it on your fingers and rub over the paper and highlighting the UTEE  which gives a wonderful shimmer.


So there you have it. All the steps you need to transform a basic paper into something amazing.......
This is great to cover journals, makes the MOST AMAZING flowers with the tattered floral die, great mats for cards etc. It adds great texture.
Hope you give it a go. A lot of the people who saw it at the show have tried it and have told me they're addicted!
I'll post pics of ideas later but til then, be blessed in your creative journey.

25 comments:

Alison said...

Ooh! I forgot about the flowers! Great tute Neil!

Caroline said...

What a wonderful technique... I'll have to give it a try. Thank you so much for sharing this.
Caroline

Beccy said...

Thanks for posting this still waiting to get the stains, but am going to give it a go with re-inkers.
cant wait for the ideas post.

Beccy x

Jennie Atkinson said...

Thank you for posting this tutorial as I have a number of friends who saw it at the demonstration and I couldn't envisage how on earth you had done it! Can't wait to give it a go. Jennie

newfiecrafter(Marilyn) said...

Great tutorial Neil going to give this a try .

Kaz said...

Wow what a fab idea and great tutorial....thanks so much for sharing x

kaz

Helen said...

Wow! what a fab tutorial. Must try this!

Mrs A. said...

I'm sold on this tutorial. Just got to go and buy some of the necessary and then I'm giving it a go.Tthanks for sharing with us. Mrs A.

steph said...

loved watching you do this technique last weekend. Going to give it a go today. Thanks for sharing

Wanda H said...

Fabulous!!! I haven't transformed a piece of copy paper like this for a long time. A couple years ago I taught an online class on Cyberstampers... it's still on my picturetrail http://www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/9134460 I'm feeling the urge to go crumple a piece of copy paper :-))

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Awesome Tutorial there Neil very interesting indeed - thanks for sharing Shaz in oz.x

Sande said...

Brilliant! Thanks for sharing and explaing it in a simple to understand manner. Can't wait to give it a go.

RosA said...

That is sooooo cool! What a fabulous result! I'll have to try it. Thanks for sharing.

Zuzu's Blog said...

you know... I have done paper like this almost the same technique but never did I think of the UTEE... I have to say what a cool idea. cant wait to give this a go as it will make my efforts of this technique WAY more durable and add a real nice sheen as well.
thanks for sharing this Neil.

Siobhan Fyffe said...

I have also made paper like this but with glimmer mists. The UTEE and rub n buff take it to a whole new level!! Can't wait to try it out. You always amaze me at how you think outside the box!
Siobhan

shirley said...

What a great technique! Thanks for sharing...going to try this soon!

Lori said...

Wow, this is FABULOUS! I'm definitely going to have to try this....great tute!

Glennis said...

Thanks for doing the tutorial Neil, I didn't take notes properly at the Extravaganza, so there were a couple of steps I had forgotten. I really need that tattered flower die, to complete the whole thing.

Spyder said...

Love this, must get me some inks,I've done it with paints and then scanned them in to use again, but those inks make such lovely colours!
(Lyn)

Shoshi said...

Thanks for sharing this awesome tutorial, Neil. I think your work is just fabulous, and I've just signed up to follow your blog. A real inspiration.

Rita said...

Thank-you so much Neil for such a brilliant tutorial. Off to give it a try this evening when its cooler in my craft room. Enjoy your day. Hugs Rita xx

Ellie said...

TFS Neil!

RosC said...

Great tute Neil, thank you. I think there is a pristine tube of Rub n Buff in a drawer somewhere... Pristine no more this week.
Ros

Julie said...

This is so wonderful! What a rich look. I just did something similar with construction paper and book binding glue, but yours has so much depth of color. I love the tip on using the distress stains. Terrific job!

Nan G said...

So cool! Thanks for sharing! I will definitely be trying this one. Will let you what I make out of it.