Category Archives: Backgrounds

Golden Oak Leaf ATC

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  • Die – Memory Box “Oak Leaf”
  • Stamps –
    • Impression Obsession: “Small Oak” and Seth Apter “Faded Fragments”
    • JudiKins “Calligraphic Flourish”
  • Inks – Ranger: Adirondack Lights “Cloudy Blue” and Black Archival
  • Gold Vellum
  • Gold metallic thread
  • Derwent Inktense Pencils: Peacock Blue, Iris Blue, Shiraz, Red Oxide, Tangerine, Madder Brown
  • Golden Gesso
  • Dina Wakley Gel medium
  • Old Book Paper

I created these Artist’s Trading Cards to share at my monthly Craft Stamper group this past week. The inspiration came from the December 2015 issue of Craft Stamper magazine, pages 10-12, which featured techniques by Designer Kim Dellow. I worked in layers, with old book pages adhered with gel medium and covered with a thin layer of gesso. I added stamped images and areas of watercolor with Inktense pencil and waterbrush, creating a masterboard and then cut the “board” into 2-1/2″ X 3-1/2″ backgrounds. I then attached my gold vellum oak leaves with two french knots tied from gold metallic thread. Finally, I edged the card with a gold Krylon pen to pick up the gold metallic for a finishing touch.

I am entering this ATC in the November Take It Make It Challenge at the Craft Stamper Magazine Blog. Thanks for visiting today.


Happy Birthday in Rainbow Colors

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  • Stamps – Simon Says Stamp – “Happy & Smile” set and “Baby Party Animals” set
  • Stencil – Simon Says Stamp – “Grid”
  • Ranger Distress Inks: Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Crushed Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, and Seedless Preserves
  • Cardstock – Neenah

For the background, I applied each of the Distress Inks, one at a time, with a foam applicator through the grid stencil. I used a linear application to give it a rainbow look. I colored the animals with Copic markers. I created this card for the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #22, which is to create a card using the colors of the rainbow. Thanks for visiting today.


Vintage Hero Arts Card

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  • Stamps – Hero Arts “Large Flower Background – CG403” Sentiment from LP277 OWH “You’re My World”
  • Lace – Hero Arts – Cream Adhesive Lace
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Pearls – Queen & Co.
  • Inks – Ranger Distress Ink – Victorian Velvet, Old Paper, and Pumice Stone

This was a fun card to make. Over in the Hero Arts group on Flickr, I participated in my first “scramble” challenge. I had 90 minutes to create a card using something from Hero Arts that fit the theme. The theme today was “vintage.” It was sort of a comedy of errors on my part, but I squeaked in at the end of 90 minutes, completing this card. I used Distress Inks direct to the stamp and then spritzed the stamp with water and stamped the image onto watercolor paper. I then added some layers of cardstock and a sentiment from a Hero Arts Operation Write Home (OWH) set. I will add this to my OWH box that I’ll be sending off at the end of July. Thanks for stopping by.

 


September OWH ODBD Challenge

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  • Stamp – My Favorite Things – “My Favorite Sentiments” set
  • Stencil – The Crafter’s Workshop “Crosshatched Frags”
  • Patterned paper – Basic Grey “Kissing Booth: Cupid”
  • Die – Spellbinder’s Nestabilities “Standard Circles Large”
  • Ranger Distress Inks – Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade
  • Bling – Rhinestones – Queen & Co. and Mark Richards; Pearls – Memory Box
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

This month’s Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge at Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps was to make your own background to be used on a card. I’ve been really into the backgrounds thing lately with my mixed media explorations. I thought I’d do something a little more mainstream for an OWH card, so I used Distress Inks through a stencil. This is a favorite technique of mine. I just take several colors of Distress Ink and apply it with a sponge applicator through a stencil, blending the colors. Then I stamped on top and die cut it and it looks like a piece of patterned paper. Thanks for visiting today.

 


Butterfly Trading Cards

More Than Just a Background Series:

Water Stamping

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  • Stamps – Hampton Art Vingologie Butterflies Clear Stamp & Stencil Set; Kodomo, Inc. “Leaf01”; JudiKins “Calligraphic Flourish”
  • Inks – Ranger Distress Inks – Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive, Shabby Shutters; ClearSnap Chalk Ink – Creamy Brown,  Rouge, Ice Jade, and Azurite
  • Ink spray – Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Suede
  • Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper

This is the first in a series I’m planning. I make Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) generally once a month to trade with my “Book Club” friends. One of the processes I like to follow is creating a background on a full 8-1/2″ X 11″ sheet of cardstock and then cutting it into 10 standard sized cards. Mirkwood Designs has a great template for getting 10 out of one piece of paper with little waste. But there are so many wonderful techniques you can do to create lovely backgrounds for card bases and ATCs, that I thought I’d show a little more about my backgrounds here and explain some of the steps and variations I try.

For this set of cards, I was inspired by the September issue of Craft Stamper magazine, page 38.  I created the background by starting with a sheet of Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper. This paper has a very non-porous surface and is very smooth. I applied Ranger Distress inks with a sponge applicator in several of the greens. I then took the fern stamp and misted it with water. I placed it on the inked surface, which creates a ghost image. I repeated that across the page, changing the orientation of the stamp. I then stamped the flourish in Mowed Lawn randomly on the page. I then spritzed some water, some larger drops and some smaller. Finally, I missed areas with Glimmer Mist to add some additional texture. Below is what the background looked like.

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Once it all dried, I cut the paper into 2-1/2″ X 3-1/2″ inch cards for my ATCs. I must confess–sometimes it is pretty hard to cut up my background pieces! I stamped the butterfly and the word “lovely” on a separate piece of cardstock. I cut each out and distressed the stamped pieces and the outside of the cards with chalk inks. I then attached the pieces to the cards with dimensional adhesive, letting interesting places in the background peek through.

Thanks for visiting today. Please let me know if you try this technique.