Papertrey Ink Design Team Member Heather Nichols published a "Batik On Paper" technique recently and I had a lot of fun playing with the idea. It basically involves clear-embossing solid images onto your cardstock, and then folding the heck out of it, coming in at all angles.
This cracks the embossing and gets you ready for the next step . . .
Rubbing firmly, swirl on your choice of dye ink colors and make sure the inks get into all of the cracked embossing. When done, use a paper towel to wipe off ink from the embossed surfaces. You can quit now, or as I did, you can put the cardstock between two clean sheets of typing paper and iron off the embossing. Batik is a hand-crafted look that I think goes well with plain un-embossed cardstock. But I like a little glimmer, so I left a little of the sheen in place and even added some Wink of Stella and a few raindrops made with Glossy Accents.
Cardstock: Marcos Jute
Stamps: Just For Fun Hawthorne, A1 Stamps Rose Leaves, Peddler’s
Pack Acorn, Meer Image Small Compound Leaf, Clearly
Besotted Diagonal Stripes, Stampin’ Up Magnificent Maple,
Too Much Fun “It’s your day…”
Inks: Distress Peeled Paint, Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade,
Brushed Corduroy, Wink of Stella Clear
Emb Powder: VippiesTranscendence
Dies: Lil Inker Stitched Mats Rectangles, Tim Holtz Holiday Greens
Impr Plate: Papertrey Ink Linen
Doo Dads: May Arts Jute, Glossy Accents drops