Background Techniques

Thank you Snow Much, Life is Beautiful Watercolor Wash Background

Watercolor wash background

Here's another card I created using the watercolor wash background technique paired with Misty Moonlight, Seaside Spray, and Gorgeous Grape inks and Life is Beautiful stamp set.

You can see some of my creations using this color combo Here.

Here's How:

1. Spritz watercolor card front with water.  Create palettes of color in the ink pads of Misty Moonlight, Seaside Spray and Gorgeous Grape using reinkers.  Pick up the colors using a Water Painter and swipe onto the wet card front.  Add more color and or water as desired.  Set aside to dry completely.

2. Stamp tree and  snowflakes from Life is Beautiful using Night of Navy ink.  Stamp greeting from Snowflake Wishes using Night of Navy ink. I used my Stamparatus to get dark, stamped images. Pick up Night of Navy ink with water painter and color landscape below tree.

3. Apply a touch of shimmer using sponge and Frost White Shimmer Paint.

4. Attach to Night of Navy mat.  Attach to Gorgeous Grape card base.  Attach Blue Adhesive-Backed Gems to complete.

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Mountain Air Paper Towel Background

Paper towel background tis the season

One of the things I like to do is recycle and reuse the paper towel I've used to blot the ink on my watercolor projects.

Recently, I made several watercolor wash backgrounds using Misty Moonlight, Seaside Spray, and Gorgeous Grape inks.

(Click HERE to see some of my creations)

The paper towel I used had a mix of these colors which I thought was really pretty.

So, I used it for the background of this card paired with Mountain Air stamp set and Majestic Mountain Dies.

Simple to do. 

Here's how:

1.  Smooth out the paper towel and set aside to dry completely.  Once dry, separate the plys.  You'll have 2 pieces that you can use for 2 different projects.

2. Attach the paper towel to a piece of scrap card stock using Tombow Glue or Stampin' Seal Adhesive.  By attaching it to a card stock background, you will be able to easily cut it down using a paper trimmer or scissors to fit your project.

3. Stamp mountain image from Mountain Air on watercolor paper using Misty Moonlight and Gorgeous Grape inks.  Cut out using the coordinating Majestic Mountain Die. 

4. Stamp trees on watercolor paper using Mossy Meadow ink.  Cut out using coordinating Majestic Mountain Die.

5. Layer images onto paper towel back ground using Dimensionals to pop them up. 

6. Attach to Night of Navy mat.  Attach to Whisper White card base.

7. Stamp greeting from Itty Bitty Greetings using Night of Navy ink.  I used my Stamparatus.

8. Stamp bird image using Night of Navy ink to complete.

 

Happy Stampin'!

Single Snowflake Wishes Watercolor Background

Single Snowflake

Here's another card I created using the Watercolor Wash Background Technique paired with the color combo of Misty Moonlight, Seaside Spray, and Gorgeous Grape. 

For me, these colors say "winter!"

For more ideas using this technique and color combination, click HERE.

This card was easy to make.

Here's  how:

  1. Create watercolor wash background by creating palettes of color by dropping color from reinkers onto the lids of Misty Moonlight, Seaside Spray, and Gorgeous Grape ink pads.
  2. Spritz watercolor paper card front with water.  Pick up colors one at a time from the ink lids using a water painter and swipe on the wet card front.  Add more color or water as desired.  When satisfied, set piece aside to dry completely.
  3. Stamp large snowflake from Snowflake Wishes on card front using Whisper White Craft Ink.  Sprinkle with white embossing powder and emboss using a heat tool.  Buff image with a paper towel.
  4.  Stamp greeting from Snowflake Wishes using Gorgeous Grape ink.  I used my Stamparatus to get a good, dark image.
  5. Attach to Night of Navy mat.  Attach to Gorgeous Grape card base.  Attach Blue Adhesive-Backed Gems to complete.
Happy Stampin'!

October Fresh Ideas-Faux Wood Burning Technique

Faux Burnt WoodLove of Leaves Faux Burnt Wood Technique

Faux burnt wood 1Mountain Air Faux Burnt Wood Technique

 

Pokerwood or Wood Burning is the art form of decorating wood by creating images or writing with controlled burn marks using a heated source such as a poker. 

The results are simple or intricate, but always stunning.

Create your own Burnt Wood look with this simple faux technique.

This is a great technique for those sometimes hard to create masculine-themed cards!

The possibilities are endless for all season and occasion crafting.

Want to learn more?

My October Fresh Card Making tutorial will feature the Faux Wood Burning Technique using the stamp sets Love of Leaves and Mountain Air.

This tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 AM (MST) on October 20, 2020.

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Bleach Technique-Snowflake Wishes

Bleach snowflakes

Here in the mountains of southern Colorado,  on Labor Day, we had temps in the 90's. 

The following day, our temps dived to a high of 30 degrees, and we received 14" of snow!

Today, the high is supposed to be back up in the 80's.

Crazy weather!

To celebrate our early season snow, I created this card using the Bleach Technique paired with the stamp set Snowflake Wishes on Blueberry Crisp card stock.

The Bleach Technique is fun because each item will turn out differently depending on which color of card stock you use and how the bleach reacts to it.

Here is a sampling of different colors of card stock.

Bleached snowflakes

Top L to R: Rich Razzleberry, Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler

Bottom L to R: Gorgeous Grape, Misty Moonlight, Seaside Spray, Early Espresso

See how each one is different?

The technique is easy to do:

  1. When working with bleach, always cover your work surface and wear old clothing.  Remember, you are working with bleach, and accidents can happen!
  2. Make a palette. Fold a paper towel into fourths and place in a powder pal or similar. Pour a small amount of bleach onto the paper towel, letting it soak in.
  3. Ink up snowflakes from Snowflake Wishes and stamp on Blueberry Crisp card stock. Set aside and let the bleach do its thing. It will change the color of the paper, continuing to do so even up to an hour after stamping.

TIP:  To protect your stamp (especially the photopolymer), ink the stamp in Versamark first.  Always wash the bleach off immediately after use.

I hope you'll give this fun technique a try.  Let me know how your creations turn out!

Supplies Used:

Bleach Snowflake Wishes

Stamp Set: Snowflake Wishes

Ink: Night of Navy, Versamark

Paper: Coastal Cabana, Blueberry Crisp

Accessories: Bleach, powder pal, paper towel, Bermuda Bay ribbon, hexagon punch, Dimensionals

 

Happy Stampin'!

Country Home and Buffalo Check

Basic Gray Buffalo PlaidCountry Home with Basic Gray and Night of Navy Buffalo Check

Mint Macaron Buffalo PlaidCountry Home with Mint Macaron and Smoky Slate Buffalo Check

Here are two more cards I created using the stamp set Country Home.

(You can see more of my Country Home creations Here)

For these, I paired them with the background stamp, Buffalo Check.

To create the background, I used the Stamparatus to get a good stamped image.

Buffalo Check is a large background stamp, and getting a good inking the first time around can be a challenge.

It's easy though when using the Stamparatus.  Load it up on a plate, ink, stamp, and repeat as necessary.

Then, I added more lines by placing a ruler on the image and drawing lines using Stampin' Write Markers.

I used Night of Navy for the first card, and Smoky Slate for the second.

I cut a square out of the middle of each background using my Big Shot and the Layering Squares Dies.  I matted them with coordinating cardstock, then added them back into the background using Mini Dimensionals to pop them up.

I colored the vase, milk jug and flowers from Country Home using a variety of Stampin' Blends and fussy cut them out using a pair of scissors.

They were added to the card front using Dimensionals to pop them up.

The greeting on the first card is from Blossoms in Bloom.

I added Metallic Pearls to complete.

 

Country Home

Country Home

 

Buffalo Check

Buffalo Check

 

Happy Stampin'!

July Fresh Ideas-Distressed Glue Technique

Mountain Air Distressed Glue

Add interesting backgrounds to your card creations using the Distressed Glue Technique.

Perfect for adding a beautiful sky background like I did with this card using the stamp set Mountain Air.

All you need is glue and a selection of inks.

The possibilities are endless!

Want to learn more?

My July Fresh Card Making tutorial will feature the Distressed Glue Technique using the stamp set Mountain Air and coordinating Majestic Mountain Dies.

This tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 AM (MST) on July 21, 2020.

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Mountain Air Paper Towel Background-Have a Great Day

Paper towel have a great day

I like to craft with the paper towels I have used to clean stamps or blot watercolors. 

They make really interesting backgrounds, and it's always good to recycle and reuse!

I combined the paper towel background with Mountain Air stamp set and coordinating Majestic Mountain Dies to create this pretty landscape.

The greeting is from the Paper Pumpkin Kit Flora and Fauna and is one of my favorites.

Just remember to separate the plys from the paper towel, giving you two pieces to craft with.  Attach the paper towel to a piece of card stock using SNAIL, Tombow Multi-purpose Glue or a glue stick.  Then, you will be able to easily cut it down to the size you need.

 

Happy Stampin'!

Black Ice Technique

The Black Ice Technique: Layer inks on foil paper using the Direct to Paper Technique for a stunning effect. 

The Black Ice Technique is great for masculine-themed cards.

I've combined this technique with Beautiful Day and Country Road, a couple of my favorite retiring stamp sets.

It was also featured in my May 2020 newsletter.

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Also, as my gift, you will also receive a FREE Adhesives 101 tutorial.

Black iceBeautiful Day Black Ice on Silver Foil

Black IceCountry Road Black Ice on Copper Foil

Shop Last Chance Products Here

Available through June 2 or while supplies last!

Last Chance Products

 

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Purple Faux Denim Pocketful of Happiness

Purple faux denim

This spring-inspired faux denim card is one of the featured projects included in my April 2020 Newsletter.

As the Corona Virus runs its course, we are being encouraged to stay home.

This would be a great time to do a little stamping, don't you agree?

Get out the stamps, ink, and paper for a little mental well-being!

I'm here to give you some ideas for fun, creative projects!

How about trying this purple faux denim pocket card?

This card would be perfect for a birthday, thank you, Mother's Day, or just thinking of you!

I have FREE instructions for you!

Simply add your name to my mailing list using the Sign Up Box located in the upper right-hand corner of this page anytime in April 2020.

You'll receive my April Newsletter via e mail with the  instructions for the faux denim pocket card.

You'll also receive a FREE "Adhesives 101" tutorial as my gift to you.

It's just that easy!

Stay healthy and safe.

Anne

 

 

 
Happy Stampin'!

Mountain Air Sending Prayers

Sending prayers

Unfortunately, I needed to send out a sympathy card to the family of a neighbor who passed away recently.

The images in the Mountain Air stamp set and coordinating Majestic Mountain Dies are perfect for our setting here in the mountains of southern Colorado.

You  can view more of my Mountain Air creations HERE.

To create the mountain scene, I started with the background on watercolor paper using Pacific Point, Balmy Blue, Petal Pink, and Crushed Curry inks swiped on using an aqua painter.

I heat embossed the detail mountain image using white embossing powder on Night of Navy and Seaside Spray card stock for the first two layers of mountains.  For the third layer, I stamped Blueberry Bushel ink on Whisper White card stock.

The treeline and landscape were embossed on Garden Green card stock.

The two trees were cut out of Mossy Meadow and Pear Pizzazz card stock and added to the front to give a little more dimension.

 

Mountain Air Bundle

Mountain air bundle

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Mountain Air, Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Pacific Point, Balmy Blue, Petal Pink, Crushed Curry, Blueberry Bushel, Soft Suede,Versamark

Paper:  Whisper White, Night of Navy, Seaside Spray, Garden Green, Mossy Meadow, Pear Pizzazz

Accessories: heat tool, white embossing powder, Big Shot, Majestic Mountain Dies, aqua painter, Dimensionals, Stamparatus

Happy Stampin'!

Mountain Air Paper Towel Background

Purple Mountains Majesty Paper Towel Background

Mountain air paper towel background

I used the paper towel I had used to blot the Pigment Sprinkles on the two cards I shared HERE to create these Mountain Air background cards.

I often use the paper towels I use to blot watercolor or to clean off stamps.

There is always a great mix of colors with a cool texture of the paper towel.

It's a great way to recycle and reuse!

I separated the plys of the paper towel.   This way, I can make two cards from one paper towel.

I attached  the plys to a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock using SNAIL as my adhesive.

Once the paper towel is attached to a sturdy base, it is easy to cut it down to the size needed.

For the mountains on the first card, I stamped the detail side of the mountains found in Mountain Air onto a piece of Highland Heather card stock using Black Berry Bliss ink.

I stamped it again on another piece of Highland Heather card stock without reinking.

Then, I cut them out with the coordinating Majestic Mountain Die.

I cut  a thin strip of Highland Heather card stock and attached it to the first layer of mountains so there would be a straight edge at the bottom.

I then attached the two layers of mountains using Mini Dimensionals in between to pop up the first layer.  I added  them to the paper towel card front, again using Mini Dimensionals to pop them up.

I stamped the birds from Mountain Air in Blackberry Bliss ink on the card front using the Stamparatus to get good stamped images.  I also used the Stamparatus to stamp the greeting from Itty Bitty Greetings in Blackberry Bliss ink.

The card front was matted to Blackberry Bliss, then attached to Whisper White card base.

The second card is basically made the same except I changed the colors a little bit.

I stamped the first layer of mountains on Pool Party card stock using Blackberry Bliss ink.

I stamped the second layer of mountains on Whisper White card stock without reinking.

I stamped the third layer of mountains  on Whisper White card stock using Blueberry Bushel ink.  I stamped the image on a scrap piece of paper, then stamped again without reinking.

I used Mini Dimensionals in between the layers to pop them up.

 

Mountain Air Bundle

Mountain air bundle

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Mountain Air, Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Blueberry Bushel

Paper: Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss, Pool Party

Accessories: paper towel, Big Shot, Majestic Air Die, Mini Dimensionals, Stamparatus

 

Happy Stampin'!

Tie-Dye Hexagons

Tie dye hexagons

I often incorporate paper towels or baby wipes that I have used to blot watercolor, Pigment Sprinkles or to clean off stamps in my crafting.

That was the case with this card.

I used the paper towel I used to blot Pigment Sprinkles backgrounds in various other projects

I love the bright colors and tie-dye effect!

For more of my cards using these recycled backgrounds, please visit my Recycle and Reuse page HERE.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Honey Bee, Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Memento Black, Blackberry Bliss

Crushed Curry Stampin' Write Marker

Paper: Granny Apple Green, Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White

Accessories: paper towel, Big Shot, Tombow Multi-purpose Glue, Detailed Bee Dies,

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

More Sending Flowers Die Cut Cards

Making  cards using the Sending Flowers Die is quick, easy, and fun!

Just add color using a Pigment Sprinkles, watercolor or Designer Series  Paper background.

The possibilities are endless!

Here are a few of my creations:

Pigment SprinklesPigment Sprinkles Background

Be Mine ValentinePeaceful Poppies Be Mine Valentine

Sending Flowers DiePeaceful Poppies Happy Birthday

Champagne BackgroundPerennial Essence Champagne Foil

 

Sending Flowers Die available through March 31 or while supplies last

Sending Flowers Die

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Sending Flowers Die Meets Baby Wipe Background

Sending Flowers Baby Wipe Background

Sending Flwoers Baby Wipe Background 1

I created these 2 cards using the baby wipes left over from a card idea I was experimenting with.

I'm not sure what happened to that particular card as it obviously didn't make the cut, but I kept the baby wipes to use for another project or two.

Recycle and Reuse!

Here's what the baby wipes looked like:

Baby wipes

I simply attached them to scrap card stock using SNAIL Adhesive, then trimmed them down for use in other projects.

For these, I paired the baby wipe backgrounds with the Sending Flowers Die for quick and easy cards.

The tie-dye effect just makes me smile!

The Sending Flowers die is part of the Coordination Product Release from Stampin' Up! and is available through March 31 or while supplies last.

Sending Flowers Die

Sending Flowers Die

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Varied Vases

Ink: Poppy Parade

Paper: Whisper White, Poppy Parade

Accessories: baby wipes, Big Shot, Sending Flowers Die, various enamel dots out of my stash, Stamparatus

Happy Stampin'!

Pigment Sprinkles Honey Bee

Pigment sprinkles

The Honey Bee Bundle found in the 2020 Mini Catalog just makes me smile!

This was a quick and easy card to make using Pigment Sprinkles for the background.

I spritzed a piece of watercolor paper with water, then sprinkled on Mango Melody with a small amount of Daffodil Delight Pigment Sprinkles.  I let the color run and pool, then dabbed the excess off with a paper towel.

I cut two of the honeycomb pieces out of Whisper White card stock using the Big Shot and Detailed Bee Die.

Once the background was dry, I attached the honeycomb pieces using a small amount of Tombow Multi-purpose Glue.

The bee was stamped on a piece of scrap watercolor paper using Memento Black ink and the Stamparatus. 

Then, I used the coordinating die to cut it out. 

I used my Crushed Curry Stampin' Write Marker to color the bee's body, and a sponge to add Crushed Curry ink around the edges.

The greeting was stamped using Black Memento ink and the Stamparatus.

The card front was matted to Basic Black, then attached to a Crushed Curry card base.

The bee was added using a Dimensional to pop it up.

Honey Bee Bundle

Honey Bee bundle

Pigment Sprinkles

Pigment sprinkles

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Honey Bee

Ink: Memento Black, Crushed Curry

Crushed Curry Stampin' Write Marker

Paper: Crushed Curry, Basic Black,  watercolor

Accessories: Pigment Sprinkles, spritzer bottle with water, Big Shot, Detailed Bee Dies, Tombow Multi-purpose Glue, sponge, Dimensional, Stamparatus

Happy Stampin'!

Friendly Silhouettes Stippled Watercolor Backgrounds

Stipple watercolorStippled Watercolor Paper  Background

 

Stipple paper towel watercolor
Paper Towel Watercolor Background

 

I loved Sherrill Graff's idea of creating hand-made paper by wetting Whisper White card stock, then stippling on ink, creating pretty watercolor patterns.
I created these thank you cards using that technique, but instead of Whisper White, I used watercolor paper.
I spritzed on water until the paper was really wet. With a wet stipple brush, I added Highland Heather and Bermuda Bay inks. Then, I added coarse kosher salt. I let the ink and salt set, then blotted it with a paper towel, and set it aside to dry.
The salt leaves interesting splotches.
 
The 2nd set of cards were made with the paper towel. I always try to use the paper towels I have used to blot Sprinkles or watercolor.
What a great way to recycle and reuse!
I separated the plys, attached it to a card stock base with SNAIL so I could easily cut it down for cards.
 
 
Supplies Used:
Stamp Set: Itty Bitty Greetings
Ink: Highland Heather, Bermuda Bay, Blueberry Bushel
Paper: Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Shimmery White, watercolor
Accessories: spritzer bottle with water, stipple brush, kosher salt, paper towel, Big Shot, Friendly Silhouettes Die, Mini Dimensionals, Stamparatus
Happy Stampin'!

Northern Lights Background

Northern LightsRecently, I shared a card inspired by the optical phenomenon, Light Pillars. 

This happens when light is refracted by ice crystals.

I used this photo taken of light pillars as the inspiration to make my own.

Light pillars

The card above was my first go at it.

While I really like how it turned out, I think it is more of a Northern Lights Background than a Light Pillars Background.

So, I kept at it, coming up and sharing a Light Pillar card HERE.

For the Northern Lights card, I sponged Poppy Parade, Highland Heather, Crushed Curry, Pacific Point, Granny Apple Green, and Pretty Peacock inks onto my Shimmery White card front.  I sponged up from the bottom where the landscape is so my colors would be more even as I got to the top.

The sky was sponged on using Night of Navy, Basic Black, and Whisper White Craft inks.

Supplies Used:

Ink: Poppy Parade, Highland Heather, Crushed Curry, Pacific Point, Granny Apple Green, and Pretty Peacock, Night of Navy, Basic Black, Whisper White Craft

Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Shimmery White, Basic Black

Accessories: sponges, Big Shot, Snow Globe Scenes Die, Mini Dimensionals

 

Happy Stampin'!

Light Pillars Technique

Light pillars

Recently, I learned about Light Pillars, an optical phenomenon that occurs when light is refracted by ice crystals.

I used this photo of light pillars taken in Canada to create my own.

Light pillars canada


I used post-it-notes to mask the light pillars and sponge daubers to add Poppy Parade, Pretty Peacock, Crushed Curry, and metallic copper inks.  

The sky was sponged using Balmy Blue, Pacific Point, Night of Navy, Basic Black, metallic copper, and Whisper White Craft (like a Northern Lights background.)

The card front is Shimmery White matted to Gold Foil.  The trees are from Snow Globe Scenes Dies

Supplies Used:

Paper: Whisper White, Gold Foil, Shimmery White, Basic Black

Ink: Poppy Parade, Pretty Peacock, Crushed Curry, metallic copper, Balmy Blue, Pacific Point, Night of Navy, Whisper White Craft

Accessories: post-it-notes, sponge daubers, sponge, Big Shot, Snow Globe Scenes Dies

Happy Stampin'!

Happy 2020-In the Woods Mercury Acetate Blends Background

Mercury Acetate background

Best Wishes for Peace, Health, and Happiness in the New Year!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Cajun Craze

Stampin' Blends: Dark Daffodil Delight, Dark Cajun Craze, Light and Dark Poppy Parade

Paper: Cajun Craze, Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Silver Glimmer, Mercury Glass Designer Acetate

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Deer and In the Woods Dies, Mini Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!