Happy Monday! Niki here and today I want to share with you a super-fast card idea—faux UV printing.
I got this idea from my email the other day when I saw an ad for UV Printing Paper. Essentially, you lay a leaf or two on this kind of paper and lay it out in the sun. Then, you bring it inside and “develop” it with water and what you are left with is a dark blue background with a light blue negative where the leaf was.
I didn’t have any of that paper, but I loved the look, so I came up with this technique that looks pretty close to the real thing!
To start, I die-cut two pieces of watercolor paper using a stitched rectangle die. I then used repositionable tape to secure a rectangle stencil over the smaller die-cut rectangle. I blended in some blue ink from the sides to the center keeping the blend as even as I could.
To stamp the rosemary sprig, I positioned my inked panel inside a MISTI stamp-positioning tool. The MISTI is essential since sometimes the white ink doesn’t transfer well and you can double stamp if necessary.
I wanted the rosemary sprig to be more of a light blue than solid white, so I inked up the stamp with white ink and spritzed it with water before pressing down. The water caused the ink to lift and mix with the white pigment, making the “faux UV” finish.
For the sentiment, I stamped “rosemary’ in white one time, then went over it with a white gel pen to make it stand out.
Finally, I adhered all the layers to a card base using foam tape for dimension.
It seems like a lot of steps, but you can make one (or two!) of these cards in about ten minutes or less. I hope you give it a try!
Thanks for reading!
Supplies: Heavyweight 110lb. solar white cardstock from Neenah Paper Inc.; Make It Market Mini Kit: Herb Garden from Papertrey Ink; Wonky Stitched Rectangle dies from My Favorite Things; Distress blueprint sketch ink pad, ink blending tool and misting tool from Ranger Industries Inc.; unicorn white ink pad from Hero Arts; white gel pen from uni-ball; MISTI stamp-positioning tool from My Sweet Petunia; adhesive foam tape from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®.
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