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Things You Might Not Know About Polished Stone Technique

Polished Stone Technique is a paper crafting technique (or rubber stamping technique) that yields beautiful, artistic results. Although it is primarily used for card making, it can also be used to make gorgeous background papers for scrapbooking and other paper crafts. Every single piece you produce using this technique will be slightly different. That means that you truly create one of a kind projects with that sought-after handcrafted look. It doesn't take long to make and can even be done by kids with a little supervision. Polished stone can be used in a wide array of projects, both feminine and masculine in design. With all that said, let's get into how to do it!

You will need the following supplies:

glossy white cardstock
cotton balls
81% rubbing alcohol (you need that high percentage of alcohol for quick drying)
2 ink refill bottles of complementary or contrasting water-based ink colors
shimmer paint
paper towels
protective mat for your work surface (alcohol will eat into the finish of wood tables!)

1. Put protective mat over work surface. Soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol.

2. Squeeze 2 drops of lighter ink and 1 drop of darker ink on alcohol-soaked cotton ball.

3. Pour some shimmer paint on the cotton ball--or use a dropper. Although this step is not used by some people, I feel it adds so much to the technique that I do not ever use Polished Stone without it. The shimmer paint adds a depth and shine that greatly enhance this technique.

4. Dab cotton ball all over glossy white card stock. You will have blobs of color. Now use a small circular motion to blend the inks to your desired design. Allow to dry.

5. Use paper towels to dry any ink on your hands or work surface.

When using all neutral or natural colored inks, you will get a true stone effect that resembles granite or marble. With other color combinations, you also achieve stunning results.

To ramp up this technique even more, run your inked card stock through a textured embossing folder (use with the Big Shot die-cutting machine). You will be amazed at the incredible look you achieve in just seconds!

To stamp an image over the polished stone, simply use StazOn ink.

Because this technique produces gender-neutral papers, they can be used for masculine or feminine projects. This technique makes a wonderful addition to a Father's Day card or masculine birthday or congratulations card. It also can be used for vintage projects--after all, stone endures! And you can produce amazing scrapbook papers that will beautifully display your treasured photographs. Polished Stone will also produce papers that can be used for decoupage projects and other paper crafting ventures.
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