Easy DIY Backgrounds

pageHere’s a mid-week Bonus Post to get your creativity going…. Today I want to share a quick and easy way to create background for your cards using embossing folders and distress inks.(Cropstop carries a large selection of both — stop by the store and check them out!)  I learned a while back that “not every card has to be a masterpiece” – sometimes it’s nice to create simple and easy cards too!

page (2)Step One: Gather your supplies – Cardstock, Embossing Folder(s), Distress Ink (one light and one dark)

Step Two: Lightly rub the lighter color across your piece of cardstock

Step Three: Emboss with your chosen embossing folder

Step Four: Lightly rub the darker ink across the embossing and wa-la you have a background piece for your card!

Variations: 1. You can use just one color if you like for a softer look 2. You can skip the first inking and ink only the embossed layer

I chose to keep my finished cards fairly simple to showcase the backgrounds better.

100_6368Supplies: Kraft & Black Cardstock, Gears Embossing Folder (The Paper Studio), Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain Distress Ink, Sizzix Thinlits Word Dies (Tim Holtz Alterations), Twine, Sequins.

100_6364Supplies: White & Black Cardstock, Circular Grid Embossing Folder (Anna Griffin), Peacock Feathers Distress Ink, Sizzix Thinlits Word Dies (Tim Holtz Alterations), Twine, Sequins.

100_6365Supplies: White & Black Cardstock, Cherry Blossom Embossing Folder (Darcie), Picked Raspberry and Abandoned Coral Distress Ink, Sizzix Thinlits Word Dies (Tim Holtz Alterations), Twine, Sequins.

100_6363Supplies: White & Black Cardstock, Typewriter Alphabet Embossing Folder  (The Paper Studio), Shaded Lilac and Seedless Preserves Distress Ink, Sizzix Thinlits Word Dies (Tim Holtz Alterations), Twine, Sequins.

100_6366Supplies: White & Black Cardstock, Circular Grid Embossing Folder (Anna Griffin), Peacock Feathers  & Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink, Sizzix Thinlits Word Dies (Tim Holtz Alterations), Twine, Sequins.

I’d love to see your DIY backgrounds for cards so stop by the CURRENT LINK PARTY and link up your projects using Cropstop products!!

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