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4x4 Tyvek Collage*
©2007 Suzanne Cannon

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What is Tyvek?

For this 4x4, I wet a piece of Tyvek with water, then dropped Magic Color Acrylic Ink (Golden Sand, Earth Brown and Magenta) onto the surface and moved it around with a brush. You can blot some of it up with a paper towel and add more if you don't like it. I let it dry and added some more colour as there wasn't enough "drama" in the background and the fibers in the Tyvek weren't showing.

I stamped a wing onto Tyvek with StazOn Ink, coloured the wing with Tattered Rose Stamp pad and allowed it to dry. I held the wing with tweezers and used my Heat Gun to melt the wing slightly till it curled.

The angel can be found in my December 2007 byhand Newsletter as a free collage image.

I stamped the Flourish (smaller) onto the Tyvek with Brilliance Coffee Bean as a base for the collage image and stamped more Flourishes as a border using Brilliance Cosmic Copper. The collage image and wing are glued to the background Tyvek with Aleene's Tacky Glue and the piece is double-sided taped onto 4x4 Black Cardstock.
Three star brads were added as shown.

TyvekŪ is basically a synthetic paper....

TyvekŪ is the DuPont brand name for spunbonded olefin. DuPont Tyvek offers the best characteristics of paper, film, and fabric in one material. It's light but incredibly strong, so don't expect to tear it to get a fuzzy edge! You may have seen envelopes made from Tyvek which are almost indestructable.

Why does the crafter enjoy using Tyvek? Well it's those lovely fibre swirls you can see running through the sheet that make it so interesting. When you treat Tyvek with acrylic ink, it absorbs the colour but you can still see the fibres! Tyvek has an extremely smooth surface and although it is water-resistant, it isn't waterproof, so both sides of the Tyvek will be coloured when you ink it. You can surface colour Tyvek with stamp pad ink, as well.

When heated to about 270°F (132°C), Tyvek will curl and melt. It is advised to take care when melting Tyvek and not breath in any fumes. It's ultimate shape is quite unpredictable!

 

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