Hi Kathy Martin here for our last day of Technique Week and the topic is texture and layering. I love creating dimension and texture and will share with you some of my favorite techniques for doing so. Most of the examples I use are cards since they are smaller and easier to see, but all these techniques can be used for any papercraft project.
One of the hardest things for me to learn when it came to texture and layering was not to concern myself too much about bulk. I always worried that I couldn't send a card through the mail or fit my pages into an album if they were too thick. No worries! Send special cards in bubble envelopes and add fewer pages to your albums.
First let's talk about texture. My favorite way to add texture to my projects is with stitching.
If you want to learn some of my secrets for stitching on paper, click here for Monday's Technique Week post.
Another great way for creating texture is dry embossing. This card was embossed with a Cuddlebug folder.
Another way to increase the visabity of dry embossing is by using Core'dinations card stock. The center of the card stock is a different color than the surface making your embossed design visible after sanding. Core'dinations has styles that are already embossed for you or you can emboss them yourself.
Using a variety of materials will give you lots of texture.
Raffia is fabulous way to add texture and is perfect for autumn projects. So is canvas.
Yet another favorite way I add texture and dimension is shown on the above scrapbook page. I folded the butterfly die cuts in half, added glue to the folded portion only and adhered to the page. I use this technique with hearts and snowflakes too.
Layering is another way to add texture and I love the dimension that can be achieved with it. I often think of layering in terms of a sandwhich or hambuger. A hamberger is much better when there's more to it than the bun and patty. I want tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, onions, bacaon and avacado too! :)
I hope I've inspired you this week to play with paper and accents and try out some of my favorite techniques. If you have any questions about a technique, product or tool that I've used this week, please leave a comment and I'll do my best to answer it. A whole book could be written on the topics covered this week as I've only scratched the surface.
I almost forgot to let you in on my biggest secret for creating texture and dimension...3M Foam Mounting Tape. It's easy to forget since it's not seen on my projects, but it's used on almost every one.
Thanks for joining me this week and for your comments. I've been reading everyone and appreciate you taking the time to leave them.