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|Jan Tinklenberg's 'Joseph's Dirty Coat' technique - scroll down to the 4th video in this post|
I apologise for the quality of the two Magenta videos - for some reason, they've loaded them up at a really low resolution (240px) so although a bit fuzzy, it's really worth sticking with it as the technique is so worth it!
You'll notice they are demonstrating boxes - don't let that throw you, just look at the technique! This works on any card which has a really smooth surface, including those fabulous giant shipping tags. You could also try glossy card (and really cheap photo card).
The original techniques were really labour-intensive: scribbling patches of colour using water-based marker pens (Tombow etc) then embossing using a clear pigment ink and clear embossing powder. Nowadays, you could use Distress markers, Versamark (not even invented then) or a clear pigment ink, eg: Perfect Medium.
If you think scribbling with water-based markers is too tedious, just use a piece of Cut'N'Dry foam or an Inkessentials Distress ink applicator and your favourite dye-based inks. Or use mini pads and apply the whole pad directly to the card!
VARIATION 3 - by Kathy Hamrick
This is Kathy Hamrick's take on this method - updated to the 21st Century! Just as effective, and so much quicker.She's using dye-based inks (Distress and Memento would be perfect!) and a brayer to apply the ink. You could also use sponges - or the entire inkpad, ink side down, directly on the actual card - you'll get the same results.
STEP BY STEP by Alice Golden
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Here's a great blog post by Alice Golden, showing everything step by step, creating a scrapbook page and the card above.
Finally, here's a method which doesn't even use embossing...
VARIATION 4 - JOSEPH'S DIRTY COAT by Jan Tinklenberg
This doesn't even use embossing, just a Versamark pad (Perfect Medium or a clear pigment ink will work just as well) and dye inks. You'll also need your largest acrylic stamping block (or a Gelli Plate, glass cutting mat or similar).
So why not have a go?
These all produce wonderful backgrounds - and as a matter of interest, will also work very well over patterned paper - just skip the bit about adding colour first, as that's your paper - and go straight to the bit about stamping with clear pigment ink, Perfect Medium or Versamark. Add clear embossing powder, heat and emboss, then add your dark colour (dye based ink: Distress, Memento, etc). This is a great way to use up any papers you don't like.