Faux Denim

For our team day my upline asked for volunteers to demonstrate a technique and a project so I have combined the two and have used inspiration from Gail Ellis. If you have not seen any of Gail’s work previously please check out her blog.


Gail is very generous with her instructions and I’ve recently been talking with Gail via messenger about another technique she has done with watercolour. I’ve found that I need a lot more practice with watercolour but Gail was so friendly in offering me some tips.
I’ve teamed this new (well new to me) technique with the Geared Garage Suite because it fits so well and this was the suite that I had already told my upline I was using.
This technique can get a bit messy so please be sure to have some scrap paper to put underneath your cardstock piece.
I’ve used Smoky Slate as my cardstock piece and Basic Grey as my ink. I’ve cut a piece of cardstock that is 4 x 5 ½ inches and used this. You will need to swipe the ink pad across the whole piece of cardstock. My ink pad is one of the foam inkpads and it does get “stuck” which is why I’ve cut the cardstock piece as big as I have. You need to slide this across the whole page in the same direction trying to get an even finish. Once I had done this a few times I then went from the other side to ensure that there was good coverage of ink all over. This leaves the cardstock piece pretty damp. Let this dry for a few minutes (longer if you have the time) and once dry then I used my Versamark ink to stamp the sentiment and the car and then heat embossed in white. If you don’t let this dry sufficiently then you will end up with white embossing powder everywhere because the embossing buddy doesn’t work so well.
I then die cut the car, sentiment and the large cog piece from this one piece of cardstock. You need to be pretty savvy and don’t leave too much room around your stamped images or you may need another piece.
My base piece is Basic Grey and then I have layered a piece of the Silver Foil sheet that I have embossed with the Subtle Embossing Folder. I’ve then used one of the Stitched Rectangles to cut the base piece for under the card and this is in Smoky Slate. You can really see the difference of this Faux Denim on the car when it is layered on this piece. I layered everything with dimensionals to make it all pop.

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All supplies are listed below.

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