Show Me Sunday : Ali

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Phew!! By the seat of my pants I have managed to complete my tutorial for the FD blog :0)
The photos are not brilliant as they have been taken in my craft room late at night but, hey ho, you will get the gist!!

Recently I have been a little obsessed with texture and before I bought embossing paste (my new favourite thing) I came across this lovely idea and have been playing with it ever since.

So, in order to get these little lovelies:


Looks and feels like embossed, distressed chipboard
you will need:

Yes, toilet roll, water and a Cuttlebug or something similar

So, down to business:

Rip off 8 sheets of loo roll

Lay them in the water for a couple of seconds

Goodness only knows what is going through your mind now! But you need to squeeze the tissue gently.

Unfold it so it is kind of back to its original shape


Place it in whatever embossing folder you fancy and run it through your machine


And here is one, still damp, from the machine. You can leave it like this to dry, or...

You can play with your inks and sprays whilst it's wet for a muted look, or.....

wait for it to dry for a more vibrant feel. Both of these had the same Tattered Angels Chalk Mists sprayed onto them: Cornflower Daze, Apricot Nectar and Firefly as well as Cosmic Shimmer Chalk: Pastel Green


I like to mist and die cut as with this card:


Crate Paper 'Neighbourhood' Collection


but I also like to cut out by hand and leave it white:


but then again.....I love it all tattered and torn.....



I just think it's genius and make up batches at a time. Hope you enjoyed this and give it a try :0)

Ali x

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15 Responses to “Show Me Sunday : Ali”

Paula said...

Very unusual, but very Cool! :) I might try this with my Lindy's Starburst Sprays... thanks for the tute!

wintam said...

It IS genius! but is it wise to use the die machine with something as wet as this? won't the excessive water leak inside and damage it?

Michelle Gilmore said...

Truly amazing! Great use of something you definately have at home! :) I may have to get a cuttlebug! Possibilities are endless, and makes awesome texture!

Lori Apgar said...

What a fun tutorial!! Love using the inks with the tp when it is still wet ~ genious!!

Deena said...

thanks for this tutorial...it is not something I ever would have thought to do, but now I must go and try it!

LisaM said...

How cool! Will have to try this!

Laurie LaRiviere said...

love it, thanks for showing, think I will give this a try later today!

Teresa Jaye said...

WOW! What a fun technique and great tutorial!

sandee said...

I wish you could have watched my face through reading this...first my brows were furroughed, then laughing, then amazement! I will be trying this out, very cool indeed! waving from the sunny hills of North Carolina :)

missybossy65 said...

Yay!! So glad to hear that so many of you are going to give this a go!! In answer to Wintam's concerns about water damage....as long as you give the tissue a good squeeze and have kitchen roll to hand when you roll it through it's not a problem. The mechanics of the Cuttlebug are enclosed so very little, if any, water gets in. If nothing else it gives your machine a jolly good clean!!
Ali x

Ann said...

Love this! What a great new way to use my Bug!

Sarah said...

Aaaahh!! This is sooo freakin fabulous!!! I love it!! You are such a smarty pants!! lol I'm going to go try it right now! I love different textures on my layouts and cards and I'm out of the loop as to what embossing paste even is...so I'll just go with the tp! lol thanks for the fab tute!!

Sarah said...

This is soooooo cool. I can't wait to give it a go - infact I'm off to try it right now :)

Polly said...

I LOVE it. Why don't I come up with some of these ideas? but hey, I'm so glad there's others who come up with the brilliant ideas and share them with the rest of us. Thanks

Edwina said...

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