Friday, August 3, 2012

Special Guest Artist: Karen Anderson

Happy Friday. It's Pam here sharing a tutorial by a super talented artist named Karen. She has been featured a couple of times with cool tutorials such as a Punched Poinsetta and Braided Tape Border. Please get to know her more by reading her bio here. She has a unique style of style scrapbooking and lots of great ideas to share on her blog: .  It is such an honor to feature her innovative project today. Sit back and enjoy this great tutorial by Karen!


The launch of new products and materials is something that always excites me as I am definitely a 'technique geek', I'm always on the look-out for new things to use and new ways to use them.  Now I've told you that you can probably imagine just how excited I was when glassine paper hit the craft scene a little while ago. You can find glassine in a coated kraft colour and also in a thinner white version, I began chatting about both types in very exuberant terms during my classes and quickly discovered that lots of my students didn't know how to use it.  Since then I have included glassine in a few classes and it has been hugely popular so I thought I'd share some ideas with you today.

You'll need some glassine paper, in this tutorial I used the kraft version but you can use white in exactly the same way for a more delicate finished effect.

I used an embossing folder, a die-cut machine and some flower dies to create textured glassine flowers.

Cut a piece of glassine paper to fit your embossing folder. 

Place the paper into the folder - you can actually do multiple layers at the same time, I have done two layers with the kraft glassine and up to four layers of white.

Pass the folder through your diecutting/embossing machine

Remove the glassine paper from the folder to reveal the embossed effect - raised areas become lighter to highlight the effect.

Use the embossed glassine with dies to create flowers, multiple layers can then be stacked to create a dimensional embellishment. In this scrapbook layout 
I coloured the glassine first with Distress Ink which I set with a heat gun and then followed the steps above to emboss and die cut the flowers.
In this second double page layout I used white glassine and added colour by inking it after the embossing stage to highlight the raised designs on the flowers and leaves. 
I hope that I have given you some ideas of how you can use glassine paper in your scrapbooking and papercraft projects.  It is so simple to work with making it a breeze to create stunning effects - if you are inspired by this feature then please share with us what you have created, we'd love to see what you come up with!
Thank you so much, Karen, for sharing your ideas here once again!!


  1. Grteat job walking us through some great ideas on how to use glassine papers.

    I don't usually leave comments on any blogs that still have word verification turned on. It is just too exhausting to decifer when you read and comment on a lot of blogs.

    At may age it is too hard on the eyes as well.