10/22 The Straw Technique for Beautiful Backgrounds with a How To Video Tutorial

The Straw Technique is so much fun and you will never get the same background twice. Adults and kids alike with have a ball with this. I created these cards for a "wow" swap that I participated in at Convention 2011. I'm just now feeling comfortable enough making videos to share this technique with you. You really do have to see it to believe it!

Here is a panel that one of my kids made. On all these cards, I used the stamp set called "Just Believe." You really do have to have faith when you stamp with this technique. At first it looks like it is going to be one big mess!! And, then, when you "reveal" it, it's quite dark and not all that impressive. But, as it dries, the colors lighten up and gorgeousness happens!

It's really fun to match paper to the panels . . . the card above uses Perfect Plum to show off the awesome background behind the stamped image. For those of you that cannot see video, or maybe have a hard time hearing . . . Let me write out how the technique works here:

Straw Technique

Select several colors of re-inkers. Begin by using the lightest colors of re-inkers first. Squeeze 2-3 drops onto a panel of glossy white paper. Blow the color around the paper using a straw. Continue with additional colors. When you have the darkest color of re-inker left to go, drop several drops onto your panel and smooth it over the entire panel using your straw like a butter knife. Then, rub off all the excess ink with a Kleenex and enjoy the cool results! You can also spritz your panel with a mist of rubbing alcohol after applying the darkest color of ink. Then, instead of rubbing the excess ink off, just blot it off for a different look! Have fun . . . every panel will be different from the next - this technique is addictive!!

The panels above are the ones I created in the how to video below. I like the background the best when it is overstamped with bold images like the Just Believe image on the left, however, lined images also have possibilities. I've stamped the panel on the right with line images from Nature Walk (WM 121925, CM 121997). Each panel will be a fun surprise and I am excited to show you how it's done.

Thanks so much for stopping by Stamping to Share. I truly appreciate you and hope you have a wonderful day and that you try the Straw Technique real soon . . . you'll have a blast with it!

Supplies for the Card I created on the video...

Stamps: Just Believe (WM 116948, CM 120453)
Paper: Glossy White (102599), Perfect Plum (101889), Basic Black (121045)
Ink: StazOn Black (101406)
ReInkers: Daffodil Delight (119672), Certainly Celery (105125), Melon Mambo (115662), Elegant Eggplant (105126), Pacific Point (111840)
Tools: Big Shot Machine (113439), Tulip Border Embossing Folder (121809), Stampin' Spritzer (126185)
Adhesives: Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Stampin; Dimensionals (104430)
Misc: Rubbing Alcohol, Dotto, Scotch Tape, Kleenex, Scrap Paper

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Anonymous said…
Thanks Kay for reminding me of this fascinating technique! Got to try this again. I love backgrounds that are totally unique. Great video!

Sue Mc
Paula said…
Kay, your super cool technique had me searching my junk draw for a straw. What an awesome technique. Thanks for the fabulous video too. I have recreated a card and shared on my blog with a link back to you. THANK YOU!
Joss Anderson said…
I was looking for another video that you did and came across this technique and I absolutely love it. Definitely on my to do list. Now to see what else I can find on your blog.
Many thanks