Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Gingersnap Creations: COFFEE FILTERS

Coffee Filters? I have to say my first thought was DO I HAVE ANY COFFEE FILTERS? (remember - Diet Coke thru and thru). But I did find some in the back of the cabinet, lost and lonely.

My second thought was the classic SplitCoast technique FROSTED FILTER. I decided to morph that technique with another MULBERRY BATIK. And then add my own little twist. Below is what I did for the background.

The image was stamped on white with Black Soot and covered with clear embossing powder (for that glossy, wet ink look). The image was watercolored with Distress Inks. Oh, and my choice of image came more from the "tea" side of the monthly theme. When I think of the far east, I think of green tea.

Stamps: Stampin Up! ORIENTAL BRUSHSTROKES, A Muse sentiment, Hero Arts CHINESE THANK YOU
Paper: coffee filter, Neenah Solar White, black scraps
Ink: Distress Ink, embossing ink
Accessories: clear embossing powder, Glimmer Mist (Tiger Lily, Sunkissed Peach, Viva Pink, Tuscan Sunset)

If you'd like to play along with the Gingers, you have a MONTH to post your interpretation of COFFEE FILTERS on the Gingersnap Creations post. Be sure to stop by here and leave me a link to your creation too!

Have fun - stay warm - see you next week!

Stamp background image on coffee filter with embossing ink. Heat set clear embossing powder.

Saturate the coffee filter with Glimmer Mist. Slowly dry with heat gun. Be sure not to burn the filter or re-melt the embossing powder. I found that setting it on another coffee filter to absorb some of the moisture helped.

Put the dry coffee filter between two pieces of typing paper and PRESS (don't iron) with a hot iron. I've tried this with a craft iron before but they don't get hot enough.

You should press until the embossing powder is soaked into the typing paper.

I cut a background sheet slightly bigger than the finished size and ran it thru my Xyron. If you don't have a sticker maker - just be sure to hit the edges of the paper with your adhesive.

Place your sticker sheet on the part of the filter you want to use. Trim the edges and finish your card.


  1. Fun technique with gorgeous results! And I have a few paper filters hanging out in the pantry since we switched to a reusable filter; now I know what to do with them!!

  2. Deb...OMG, that's just gorgeous!!! What talent you have...I would never attempt that in a million years!! lol The colors turned out so lovely...STUNNING!!! Hugs for you...Jacque

  3. Yowza ... I love this! I want to try this .... hmmm, wonder if I have filters?!!

  4. WOW! It is a beautiful creation. I don't try to many techniques but this one is tempting me.

  5. hi Deb..think I am gonna try yours!

  6. Deb, it looks wonderful. Great technique- never saw this before. The colors are unique !!

  7. Such a gorgeous card! I love it! Beautiful batiking too! What a clever idea to run your base panel through the Xyron...good tip!

  8. Wow! You really rocked this technique...who knew coffee filters could look so awesome?!

  9. cool, cool, cool, love this!!! You make me want to create!!

  10. Wow, luv the color and the finished card, just beautiful!