Monday, 21 October 2013

Fold and Stain by Deborah


Distress Stains: Barn Door, Squeeze Lemonade, Crushed Olive, Walnut Stain, Bundled Sage, Mustard SeedThe Crafters Workshop: Mini Casey and Penelope; Well Rounded 12 x 12
Kaisercraft: Numbers
Prima Cling Mounted: Stitched Stamps - Rectangles
Copy Paper
Black Card
Black ProMarker
Jet Black Archival Ink
Forest Moss Distress Ink
Mod Podge or other wet glue
Heat Gun
Cut n Dry Foam

I often look to Craft Stamper for inspiration and decided to have a go at Jean Franks Beck's Fold and Stain background technique (August 2013).

For this you need to fold cheapo copy paper into squares. Keeping it folded to the smallest square, press a Distress stain into the corners so that it saturates all the layers. Unfold, fold again randomly and do the same with a second colour. Continue doing this until you are happy with the effect, then unfold completely and leave to dry. Once dry you can fill in any white spaces with more stain. I decided to add splats to mine (stamp the stain forcefully onto the paper). I dried the piece with a heat gun.

I then drew round the larger of the silhouette masks on white paper, cut it out and coloured the 'back' with Mustard Seed and Barn Door stains. When you turn the figure over you get a nice subtle effect - I then went over this side with Squeezed Lemonade and stamped the numbers on randomly in Forest Moss Distress ink (don't mount the stamp on a block).

I glued the background onto black card, and the figure onto that using Mod Podge. The paper is quite fragile so handle carefully. After edging the figure with a black ProMarker  I stamped the sides of the largest stitched rectangle around the edges of the background, making sure the 'loose threads' faced into the card. Then finally inked one of the circles from the Well Rounded stencil round her head in Jet Black using Cut n Dry Foam.

My artwork is now ready to use as a card topper or send as a postcard (with some white paper on the back!)

Here are some more fold and stain backgrounds from my crafting session.


  1. Looks fabulous Deb, lots of inky fun! xx

  2. loving the backgrounds you've created with that technique.

  3. You use masks to the most amazing effect - this is full of drama.

  4. I love everything about the card and thanks for sharing the technique.

  5. Wow - fantastic use of those backgrounds!
    Alison x


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