Friday, July 7, 2017

Create Quick Backgrounds - Dare to Be DIFFERENT Card!

Hey Sin City Fans,
Karen here to show you how I created a quick card background with minimal supplies.  It can easily be embellished for either a masculine or feminine card. I stamped onto a discrete pattern paper rather than a solid color. This is a great trick/tip, that in my opinion, is not used often enough. Stamping onto pattern paper creates extra dimension with little effort.  I used a single stamp to make the background by repeatedly stamping onto a faux distressed paper.

1. Inhale Exhale Stamp Set (Sin City Stamps)
2. Art Journaling 2 Stamp Set (Sin City Stamps)
3. Burgundy & White Cardstock
4. Black Pigment Ink
5. Clear Acrylic Mounting Block
6. Black Embossing Powder
7. Heat Gun
8. Grey & Tan Ink
9. Ink Applicator
10. Butterfly Embellishment
11. Black Rhinestones

1. Mount the stamp on a clear acrylic block and load the stamp with black pigment ink. Stamp the image overlapping the edge of the paper. Before each new impression, invert and re-position the stamp making sure to leave varying amounts of empty space.

2.Create a fainter impression by stamping the image without re-inking the stamp to create a Second Generation image. This will add to the depth and interest in the background.

3. Stamp the sentiment onto white cardstock, apply black embossing powder, and heat set.

4. Tear the top & bottom edges to create a long narrow strip. Gently apply tan and grey ink to the torn edges using a sponge applicator.

5. Attach the stamped brick paper to a 4x5" cardbase and trim to fit. Next, apply the torn strip to the lower portion of the card so that the sentiment is in the lower right corner.

6. Adhere a butterfly embellishment to the upper left corner.  Apply black rhinestones to form the body. Attach dimensional foam tape under the body only, and then carefully, bend the wings upward to create a more realistic appearance.

A Closer Look:
So when you need a quick card and don't have time to create an inky background masterpiece, remember to check your scrap box for a bit of paper that you could use to makeover. 
A Closer Look:

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