Tutorial - Faux Snake Skin

Today's tutorial is brought to us by Marsha. When Sandy saw this cool snake skin card in Marsha's most recent box of cards for OWH, she asked her to show us how it was done. Marsha doesn't have a blog, but you can see more of her cards over at her page on Stamp TV.

This technique is so cool. Gina K at StampTV came up with it by accident.

Take a paper towel. It does not seem to matter what designis embossed in the weave. I cut mine into four pieces.

Use your brayer to apply lots of dye ink. Cover it as much as you can.

Then start applying the ink with the ink pad. You want to saturate the paper towel so turn it over and do the back too.

Now dump a lot of clear embossing power on it. I dump the whole bottle on then dump it back into the jar.

Make sure it is completely covered with embossing powder then place it on something that is heat resistent such as a cutting board because it is going to get really hot.

Heat emboss til it is all shiny . Do the back too. Then flip it over and touch up the front with the heat again.

It is hard to show what it looks like in a photo because it catches the light and caused a glare.

This shows the faux skin a little better. Make sure you let your skin dry overnight and use a really strong adhesive such as score tape or Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue.

This is great for masculine cards - or how about some alligator shoes or purse.

Here is the Stamp TV video that inspired Marsha to try this technique.

Big thanks to Marsha for today's tutorial! Be sure and leave a comment to let her know what you think about this cool new technique. As always, if you would like to volunteer to do a Tuesday Tutorial, or if you have suggestions for future topics, please write kate@operationwritehome.org.

SuzAnn –   – (July 13, 2010 at 9:42 AM)  

what a cool and fun technique! I can't wait to try it. TFS.

Paula S.  – (July 14, 2010 at 4:51 AM)  

This is one I've never seen before. Very cool! Thanks for sharing it Marsha.

Cindi (aka iring)  – (July 14, 2010 at 6:06 AM)  

Thanks for the tutorial Marsha! Cute cards!

Susan  – (July 14, 2010 at 10:10 AM)  

very cool! But I am betting that it is basically a bit burnt. does it give off any lingering burning odor?


Beebeebabs  – (July 17, 2010 at 12:48 PM)  

Really cute and thank you sooo much for the tutorial.

snake leather  – (January 25, 2011 at 12:13 AM)  

Thanks for this tutorial.You make my work easy.

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