We had 2 classes last Wednesday at the SE imag-e-nationer's meet. The first one was creating backgrounds using embossing powders, inks, waxed paper and an iron! All gave a batik type finish. We made one card in this class and I have to say I'm really pleased with it.
I was very impressed with the effect achieved using just one colour - in this instance, Spiced Marmalade Distress ink - and the embossing powder. I was so pleased that I bought the stamp we used - Kadoodle Stamp, Frilly Flowers. The image was stamped on opposite corners of the piece of backing card with versamark, heat embossed with clear embossing powder and then inked over using Cut & Dry foam. The opposite corners were stamped and heat embossed in the same way, then inked again. Finally the card was put between 2 pieces of paper and ironed. Ironing removed the embossing but left the image - a form of resist technique. My 2nd corners didn't work too well (I think I inked too heavily in those corners first time round) so I re-stamped the image using the inkpad I'd chosen.
I wasn't too keen on the waxed paper ones and don't think I'd be bothered with that again. Some of the effects achieved were OK - a scrunched one was fine and I did one that I was quite pleased with. I folded the waxed paper in a sunray effect....not intentionally - LOL!! I was trying to be clever and it didn't work out the way I wanted but it did end up OK.
The 2nd class was making our own reverse pyramid decoupage (and, consequently normal pyramid as well) using stamps and nestabilities. I have to say that the class turned out more of a masterclass in watercolouring for me and ......... my tutor? Jackie ..... the newest member of the La Pashe design team! I do now know how to use the nesties to make reverse pyramid and pyramid decoupage though, so it would be useful when I get an image I like and want to make into a pyramid - which won't be too often, if ever, 'cos can't say as the pyramid stuff floats my boat - LOL!!