Canica Van Loggerenberg is today’s Guest Blogger. You’ll want to check out this fun technique that Canica shares with us. Don’t forget to enlarge the close-up photos so you can get more detail. Canica hails from South Africa where she operates a scrapbooking business called, Shoestring Scrapbooking. She offers scrapbooking supplies and classes in scrapbooking and cardmaking. Canica tells us that she is married with two kids and has a "scrapbooking addiction." "I really love creating, sharing, inspiring and learning form fellow scrappers. My shop is based in Melville / South Africa and I have owned Shoestring Scrapbooking for just over a year know." You can visit her blog here for more of Canica’s work.
Craft Paint & a Heat Gun
It all started with me trying to dry an envelope with my heat gun. I discovered that if you heat craft paint it starts to bubble and creates a great textured effect. So now I have gone craft paint & heat gun crazy. This works on anything – wooden letters, paper, chipboard etc.
So instead of chalking, covering or giving it a simple coat of paint, why not try this technique. You start with a fairly thick coat of paint and then you heat the wet paint with your heat gun. You need to have the heat gun about 2cm above the surface you are heating. When the paint starts to heat up, it will begin to bubble and this is what causes the textured effect. You will need to heat the entire surface, and once you have, you are done.
I would suggest that you experiment on a piece of scrap paper so that you get the feel for it.
Shown above and below are some examples of what you could use this technique for. (i.e. envelopes, wooden letters, etc.)