Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Faux Vintage Specimen Slides

Nigezza Creates aka Gez, Independent Stampin' Up® Demonstrator 


Thank you for visiting my blog, I really do appreciate it. I am bringing you another Junk Journal tutorial.  This tutorial is for faux specimen slides. I have seen people make these and wanted to have a go but didn't know what to use as the specimen as I needed something that has a back and a front if you get what I mean.  Then it came to me just as I was waking up! A bright idea that I just had to try out. I thought this was going to be a very quick process but it managed to take most of the day! But I had loads of fun so it was all good.  

I had recently bought some paper napkins from Sainsbury's and I woke up thinking how i could use them. They  have images of butterflies, ladybirds, dragonflies and bumblebees on them with the words written below in a lovely font that looks like hand writing. So I thought specimen slides.  My idea was to laminate the napkin and mount them on coffee dyed paper and decorate. Simples! Well until you start and decide to try different methods and you find yourself at it for most of the day!  


Faux Vintage Specimen Slides



Measurements and Materials

  • The specimen slides were made with a heavier weight tea dyed copier paper
  • I got 4 from a standard sheet I just cut into quarters and folded in half
  • A few I cut down to squares
  • I used 2" punch on the circle ones
  • I used square dies on the others
  • But you can use what you have, you could even cut with scissors!
  • Specimen cards were decorated with inking, stamping and different digitals to give them an authentic vintage look
  • This was such fun to make. 
  • To get the samples ready for the cards I did several methods
    • Fussy cut out each image and laminate
      • This is the easiest and probably the one I would do again
    • Using a paint brush in water to release the images, this gives a slight torn margin
    • Then laminate
      • Worked but not my favourite in the end
    • Just laminate the napkin
      • Really didn't like how this turned out
    • Decoupage the napkin onto layout paper and then iron wax on top
      • Version one was laminated and I don't think I would do this again
      • Version 2 I just left it not laminated
        • I loved the feel of this and would do this again but use for something else
    • Iron wax directly onto the napkin
      • This gives a lovely result which can be used on a slide or in other projects, I will do this again
      • I added it to a slide as it was and looks it so a good alternative if you do not have a laminator
      • I added to a slide with a back for a journalling card, loved this as well
      • I fussy cut out and laminated
        • This was a nice result but not really much different to just laminating the napkin so may not be worth the effort of waxing for this version.


Now watch the video tutorial to see how this was made :-) 

Video Tutorial




The paper napkin I used 

Faux Vintage Specimen Slides



Waxed layout paper

Faux Vintage Specimen Slides


Removed from napkin with the use of a wet paint brush


Faux Vintage Specimen Slides


Melted wax on the paper napkin


Faux Vintage Specimen Slides


Fussy cut and laminated 


Faux Vintage Specimen Slides

Faux Vintage Specimen Slides

Faux Vintage Specimen Slides

Faux Vintage Specimen Slides

Faux Vintage Specimen Slides

Faux Vintage Specimen Slides

Faux Vintage Specimen Slides

Faux Vintage Specimen Slides

Faux Vintage Specimen Slides



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Happy Crafting!

Gez xxx 

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