Friday, February 12, 2010

Snakeskin...a new way!

I love to learn new techniques! I also like to use things I have lying around instead of actually buying things! SO I saved this plastic netting from a bag of oranges....and I came up with a great way to make a snakeskin looking background!
Here's a short tutorial!

- 3 coordinating ink colors (I used Dusty Durango, Creamy Caramel, and Crushed Curry)
- The plastic netting from the supermarket (I have found it on oranges and sometimes broccoli...just give it a rinse)
- Daubers, Sponges or makeup wedges (I buy them at the dollar store, they are great for blending)

1. Lay the netting flat as you may want to tape it down

2. Start tapping with the sponge using the color you want to be most dominant (I used the Durango)

3. Move the netting slightly up or down, like a 1/4 of an inch and using a clean sponge go with the lighter color and tap it on. You can see here what it starting to look like...

4. Move the netting again in the opposite direction you moved it last time and add in the last color (creamy caramel) in a small amount as an accent.
Now it should have the look of snakeskin! (see second picture for final look)

5. If you turn the netting 180 degrees you will get a completely different can even try it with glimmer mist sprays... The sample on the right is what happened when I turned it 180 degrees...

This is what it looks like using Glimmer Mist Sprays...

And here is the sample I made...I used this cowboy image I had sitting in a box of all my other stamped images! Perfect card for a rough and riding Dad (of which mine is NOT) LOL
recipe: stamps- SU Bronc Buster, PTI Men of Life
paper- Dusty Durango, Creamy Caramel, White
Ink- Dusty Durango, Crushed Curry, Creamy Caramel, close to cocoa
accessories- large eyelets, ribbon, stapler

So, give it a try! Find something that looks like a net to use as a mask! I'd love to see what you come up with!

Please use the keyword RESQ32 if you upload your project to Splitcoaststampers or another online gallery. And don't forget to link your blog or gallery back here in the comments section so everyone can check out your creations! Thanks for playing along!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!


  1. omgosh, how cool is that!
    I have some of that netting somewhere...
    Your card turned our great!
    have a super day!
    blessings, Maria

  2. I love your card, Denise. I think I have saved some of that stuff......if I have, I'll join you!

  3. This was such fun, Denise!! I love it! Here's my card:

  4. what a cool look. I don't play with ink much but I might try this....

  5. This isn't a card using your technique - but I did recently repurpose a piece of produce net.

    Thanks for the technique tutorial - I'll keep it in mind.

  6. Thanks for such a fun challenge!Here is mine.Hope I'm doing this right.

  7. I gave it a try! - my card is here x

  8. Late as always, but it was a fun technique! Thanks for the challenge!

    (Link to my card is on my name.)

  9. It really look like snakeskin. Thank you for the great tutorial!

  10. Thank you for a great Tutorial!


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