Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Loves Rubberstamps Card Challenge - Make Your Own Background Paper!

I'm back again with another card challenge for Loves Rubberstamps. This week's challenge is to make your own background paper. This technique was taught to me by Cathie Allan and it's my all time favorite  way to make background paper. I started off using 100 lb white paper, I used this butterfly stamp with Tangerine Fluid Chalk and stamped in groups of 3 or 5 until this is no more ink left on your stamp (you may migrate a little but you generally stay in one place). Continue using the butterfly stamp with the other 2 colours using Aquamarine and then Chestnut Roan until there is no more white paper. Then taking your white foam tips and stylus that Clearsnap makes you wand in the 3 colors in areas where the color was used. Or you can used daubers or Tim Holtz's blending tool as well. Then you take a background stamp (here I used Flourishes Reversed Damask) ink the stamp up with white ink and stamp it on your colored background paper. Then take a hot iron with no steam and heat set your colored paper to set the ink (this what your background paper should look like).  I started off using bronze metallic paper which is a 5"x 7" finished card size. I used Bo Bunny's 'Gabrielle' collection for the rest of my papers. I added 3 layers before using my colored background paper that I made. I stamped the butterfly from the set called "Butterfly Sympathy" by Crissy Armstrong for Whimsy Stamps onto my handmade background paper using white pigment ink and embossed using detail black EP. I then colored the butterfly using Tim Holtz distress markers. I also stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set using Rich Cocoa Memento ink onto Bo Bunny Gabrielle 'Unwritten' paper. I also stamped 'With Sympathy' using Black Memento ink onto gold paper and cut this out using a scallop punch. I added some brown crochet ribbon by May Art and made a bow using Chocolate Chip satin ribbon by Stampin 'Up. I added some basic pearl around the frame as shown.

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  1. Absolutely stunning! Fantastic color combo too - so rich looking.

  2. Gorgeous - love the color combo too! Thanks for the technique idea

  3. Love the richness of the colors. Beautiful card.

  4. WOW WOW WOW Jackie! This is GORGEOUS! Your background is stunning! You rocked this challenge!


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