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Monday, 27 September 2010
Caught in Crystal: This is messy, so cover your workspace with newspaper first! And wear gloves too! Take a sheet of acetate ( I use OHP transparencies, from Staples) and pour a couple of tablespoons of Johnsons KLEAR floor polish onto it. Add a few drops of re-inker colours, or alcohol inks and spread with your fingers or a spatula across the acetate.Don't mix too much or you will muddy the colours.If you wish you can sprinkle in some glitter, gold leaf, even seed beads, but remember the lumpier you make it, the harder it will be to get a good stamped image.You can of course stamp your images first, then flip it over and do the floor polish stuff, however this makes it harder to determine where your images colours will be.When you are happy, take a sheet of tissue paper( the sort used for gifts, not the paper hanky type) and either scrumple it up, open out and pat down onto your ink/floor polish mix, or just lay it on flat and pat down. I use any pale colour of tissue, it doesn't have to be white.Just pat down with your fingers- don't press or you will push the colours around. Now put aside to dry- this may take a day or so, depending on temperature.If you do find it difficult to get a good stamped image, you can clean Staz-on off acetate with Staz-on cleaner & try again, and you may find it helps to put a stamping mat, or mouse-pad, underneath.