Thursday, June 9, 2016

Experimenting with Substrate

Hello friends! 
I love to experiment with new product…today was a good day to test what Substrate can do. 

What is Substrate you ask?

It's a Tim Holtz Product. 
 It's a textured paper that is thicker then cardstock. 
It comes in 3 shades…white, kraft and dark brown. 
It's flexible.
 It can be painted or inked.
It can be washed.
It's great for die cutting.
It can be sewn and you know how I love to sew. 
It can be crumpled up.
It's fun to emboss. 
You can stamp on it. 

Here are a few photos from my experiments.

Snip the edge and then you're able to tear it. Love the layers that are exposed. 

Crumple it, works if you wet it or it can be dry too. 

I washed it after I crumpled it and it gave it the look of worn leather. 

Use Distress Spray Stain to create a old weathered look. The swatch on the left is what I started with. 


Die cut with a Thinlit! 

Die cut with a Steel Rule Die. Love this Gadget Gears 2 Bigz Die. 

Sewed it together!

Stamped on the Substrate with Archival ink. 
Colored the flower with Distress Markers and a Water Brush. This was a little surprising that the Substrate reacted a little like watercolor cardstock.  I see more experimenting in my near future. 

Colored with Distress Crayons then lifted color off through a Layering Stencil using a wet cloth. Oh my the possibilities. 

I had such a FUN day experimenting! 
I'm thinking of more ideas to try and can't wait to play again! 
What are you going to try?

Thanks for stopping by!


Shirley said...

wow neat product...would like to try watercoloring on product, similar to your flower, or maybe emboss with it. Hmm, would like to try several techniques with Substrate.

Irene said...

Thanks for all the detail...I missed the release of this so wasn't sure about it when I saw it in the store earlier this week. What fun!

Art By Wanda said...

Way Cool!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing all your experiments. I need to see if I have this and just haven't opened it yet or if it just became a "must get". LOL

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Unknown said...

I've die cut with it so far but now you've got me thinking! TFS Richele!

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Awesome techniques! LOVE this stuff!

Marcie Lovett said...

Love that paper patchwork!

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Barbara said...

Wow, thanks so much Richele for sharing your wonderful and so interesting experimets! Especially I loved to see stamps and coloring on substrate sheets, I love this new creative surface! BArbara

Deb said...

Great experiments Richele, thanks for sharing them! I am waiting for Simon Says Stamp to get more in stock then will play too, thanks for the inspiration! Deb xo

Unknown said...

hello Richele I made it ! this paper is amazing ! hoping its in the UK somewhere :) going to keep an eye out for it lushious'ness love the techniques ! :) x

JanBianchi said...

Beautiful work Richele. Thanks for sharing.