Resist technique. 

Hello everyone, I thought I would do a little tutorial on a technique that I absolutely adore. I just love the distressed and weathered look it creates.  

 This butterfly is the result of a resist technique. For the purpose of this tutorial I will recreate this look and shall be talking you through each step. 

Step 1

Cut out a piece of card stock. I’ve cut mine at 2.1/2x 3.1/2 inches. Coat it in a layer of gesso.

Step 2 

Using a sponge cover in an ink of your choosing. Or alternatively paint with an acrylic paint. (It will need to be a light colour, for the effect to work)! 

Step 3 

Using a script stamp and stazon ink, stamp a little section of the card. 

Step 4 

Spay a little white ink or diluted paint over the card. I’ve used White Dylusions ink spray. Warning! it is messy! It will also stain! Your looking for a transparent splattered look! You could use watered down paint on an old tooth brush if you’d rather not use an ink spray. 

Step 5 

Using versa mark watermark stamp pad. Stamp onto the card your chosen rubber stamp image (I’ve used a butterfly) 

Step 6

Sprinkle clear embossing powder onto the area of your stamped image. 

Step 7

Shake off powders and heat the image with a heat tool. (Use a heat proof mat under your work as they do get very hot) 

Step 8 

Once the image has cooled, use a darker water based coloured ink, spay or sponge over the embossed image. And lightly dab a dry tissue over the area to raveal the image. I’ve used a purple Dylusions ink spray again. 

I also stamped a couple more areas of butterfly with blue ink and distressed the edges. Give it an extra little spay of white over the darker areas, but being careful not to get it over the embossed butterfly. Then finish with a couple of words using the black stazon ink.  

I think you will agree that it is a rather effective little technique! 🙂  


Waterfall tutorial 

Hello! A few people have asked how I make my waterfalls so i thought I’d do a tutorial for you all. Here is one of my most recent but I shall keep this tutorial a simple one using 2 different coloured cards. Have fun! 😉 

What you will need!

2 12×12 inch card stock. Preferably 2 different colours. 

A pair of scissors 


Double sided sticky tape 


Paper cutter

Score board

1 inch circular punch (optional)


Small hole punch

***Step 1***

Cut 1 9inch by 2 inch length and then another 7 inch by 2 inch. These will act as your middle piece that will make the waterfall function.   

***Step 2***

Cut 1 piece of card stock at 8inch by 6 inch across. Then another at 7inch by 5. This will sit on top of the larger piece. This will be your base.

***Step 3***


Preferably using a paper trimmer, cut 4 3inch by 3inch squares and then using the other colour cut 4 2.1/2 inch by 2.1/2inch squares. 

***Step 4***

The last peice to be cut is a 6 inch by 1.1/2 inch length (this will be the “across strip”)

(Now to put it together)! 

***Step 5***


Glue your base and your squares together. I’ve used the lighter shade card as the smaller pieces to be placed on top, to make it clearer to see. 

***Step 6***

Taking your longest length score at 1cm 2, 3 and 4. Then get the slightly smaller length and glue it on top of the longer length leaving the scored end free at one end.

***Step 7***

  Using the circle punch, punch out half of the circle at the bottom end. 
I’ve also used a little hole punch and punched a hole half a centimetre above the circle punch and attached a ribbon through. This will act as a pully. Get your squares and double sided tape.

Turn the scored length over and stick double sided tape along the centimetre scores. This is where you will place your squares.

***Step 8***


Making sure you line up each square against the next and along the score lines.  Starting at the end working your way up, stick each square. 

If you prefer you could use glue to do this. Glue will give you more movement to line it up straight. Tape is nice and strong but once stuck it’s very hard to adjust! 

***Step 9***

Once stuck, turn the squares over to the front side. 

***Step 10***


Now to line up your waterfall to the base. 

Take your base and the last length you cut and lightly mark out where to position your waterfall. The pully length will go under the length that goes across. Now You want the bottom square edge to line up over the length that will go across your base. 

***Step 11***

Put double sided tape or glue at each end of the strip that goes across the base. Stick at each end against your marks.

***Step 12***

Add tape or glue to the underside of the bottom square. 

***Step 13***

Making sure your middle “pully length” goes under the across strip, Stick the bottom square firmly down half way over the length that goes across. 

Ta Dah! You have a waterfall! Watch the magic happen as you pull the pully down! 🙂  



Textured surface technique/tutorial

Hello everyone, i said on my Facebook page that I would do a blog tutorial on this very simple but effective textured surface technique and here it is. My first ever too! if it’s a success I may just do more 😉
what you will need to start off with is old music score, glue, used tea bags, some paints, a paint brush, inks and a little water. I shall explain the process and examples of products I’ve used as I go along.


Step 1
Firstly you will need to empty out old and used tea bags. Cut them so they open flat then Rinse them under the tap to get any granules off. Then you will need your glue.
The glue I have used is “mod podge” matte-mat-mate. But I guess you could use PVA.
Using my paint brush I’ve put a thin layer over the music score, then laid over them empty tea bags and applied more glue over the top.


Step 2
Once dried and you can speed up the process with a heat tool. You can then apply a thin layer of light coloured acrylic paint to the area you are wanting to place your image. In this case a butterfly.


Step 3
Once this is dry then you will need to apply your image. I’ve used a stamp with “rangers” archival in grey or “watering can”


Step 4
Then I roughly tore around the edges then added some depth by adding some ink around them and gave it more of an aged look. This also brings out the texture more too.
I’ve started by using “Tim Holtz” scattered straw distress ink.


Then I have used “memento” rich cocoa ink around the edges to darken them.


Step 5
Using water colour, I coloured the butterfly. You could use any paint for this.


I also, using a very fine brush I added more detail to the butterfly.


Step 6
When the paint has dried, apply a very quick, light and thin layer of glue again to seal it. The mod podge I used earlier will be fine. You don’t have to do this but if you do, make sure it’s a quick one sweep seal as the paint can smudge with it.
Also I very nearly forgot! I also added some type at two of the corners with a script stamp.

You can also use tissue and crepe paper but I do like this idea of using something you have already (if you drink tea if course) 😉

Well I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and have great fun if you have a go yourselves 🙂


Textured heart mini book

Hello everyone. I’m about to share another very textured technique. Now for this it’s all to do with “Lutradur”. This is a non woven polyester material that resembles interfacing. It comes in different weights but I’ve used 70gm. If you use a heat tool on it, it will disintegrate and shrink. It gives a very interesting effect. I also use a texture paste over the top of it too so when heated it doesn’t completely burn away.

I’ve stained mine with ink but you can also paint or dye it. I’ve also glossed it with a finishing gloss to it give it a different look.
It is very easy to use and you can stitch over it. Just be aware that if you stitch first it will shrink and buckle your stitching slightly. My heart mini book did get a little distorted but I quite like the effect 🙂
Inside my book I have chosen E.E Cummings writings “I carry your heart” (I carry it in my heart) truly beautiful writing that I adore 🙂



I thought others may like to know what techniques I use within my work. Being a mixed media artist, I’m quite versatile and use a large range of techniques. The first I’d like to share with you is … Using printable acetate.
The acetate itself has a rough side which has a glued surface that you can print onto. You can also print off any image using a printer, even text, just remember to flip the text so it’s the correct way around when you use it. You can also stamp onto it and sew over it! I just love the effect it gives especially when you overlay it onto another background. I also like to burn the edges to give it an aged look, Always works well with sepia and vintage images.



Love of old books

I recently picked up a wonderful little book from a boot sale for 50p


It is very small and quite old. Page 1 and 2 are missing. These I guess would have had the publishing date! But I have looked into it and believe it is a 1910 publication.
I am very pleased to have found it and love Wordsworth too so very happy indeed 🙂


I think I may have to create this image I now have in my head 🙂

Welcome, quotes and inspiration.

Welcome to my new blog spot! My first ever and I’m still getting the hang of it! Thought this would be a great way for others to see what Judy’sFabrications is all about, share techniques and also a great place to keep a record of all that I do too!

To start “My love of Quotes”

Well I have always had a passion for the written word, sonnets and poets such as Wordsworth, William Blake, Keats, and E.E Cummings to name a few!
I find the old written language fascinating. It really has a way of inspiring my imagination!


“Inspiration” well so much inspires me, “nature” like a lot of other creative people I guess! Organic forms and all the small wonderfully formed details, textures and layers.
Victorian and Edwardian eras. Romanticism, the opulence and decorative arts, the fashion. Everything about the periods actually and most of all, the written word. It is always visible within my work 🙂