Monday, October 13, 2008

Tropical Background


What a great weekend I had. I just came back from the Houston Scrapbook and Rubber Stamp Expo. I learned tons and spent way "too" much! LOL. These conventions are so great and the vendors are eager to share the newest techniques that are out there. So for my post I am going to show you a background technique I learned from the good folks at Rubbernecker stamps. I will add their link so you can see all the great stamps and products that they carry.

Well, lets gather our items and get to work you will need the following:
One 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 piece of heavy card stock, Ranger ink blending tool, Ranger blending foam, 2 Distress inks in coordinating colors, large floral rubber stamp, embossing pad, clear embossing powder, large background rubber stamp, heat tool, acrylic paint in contrasting color, paper towel, Ranger archival ink and rubber stamp that looks like hand writing.

Step 1:

Take and load your blending foam with the background color of your choice. Here I used the Ranger Distress ink in China blue. Start on the very edge of your card stock and in a fast circular motion start applying the ink to the paper. It is okay for the ink not to go evenly. This will give the piece more dimension and definition when complete.

Step 2:
Stamp your favorite floral pattern in the opposing corners of the card using the other coordinating color of ink. Here I used Ranger Distress ink in pealed paint. Then take the large background stamp you have have chosen and get it coated well with the embossing pad. I used a Versamark watermark for this step and then stamped the back ground over the entire card.

Step 3:
Quickly apply your clear embossing powder to the card tap off all the excess and then melt completely with your heat tool.

Step 4:
Now for the magic! take and completely cover the card with a contrasting color of acrylic paint. I used the Making Memories brand in chocolate brown. I applied it with one of those foam brushes that you get at Michaels. Now quickly before the paint begins to dry take your paper towel and wipe the excess paint from the card.

Step 5:
Take the rubber stamp you have selected to look like hand writing and and stamp the corner of the card with it. Remember to use Archival ink for this step it will stay on the embossed areas and will not smear off the card. Now there you have an amazing ATC background. Enjoy!


Cathy said...

Beth, love your new blog and the instructions for this are awesome! Very cool techniques. I'll have to give them a try!

Sammi said...

Oh WOW! Just saw you had a blog now, so I added you to my roll so I can keep up; this post was brilliant!!

Nancy W said...

Beth, loved that you enjoyed our demo so much that you blogged it. Great job!

Sue said...

Thank you for sharing the technique with us. Look forward to seeing more. x