Creating Backgrounds

100_4513One thing I love about the paper crafting world is that we all have our own style and there’s no right or wrong way to create our art. “Variety is the spice of life,” and I enjoy trying different techniques and branching out of my comfort zone from time to time.  Sometimes my experiments end up in the trash can, but this “grunge” background made the cut today.  It’s not my usual style, but I find that I enjoy making an inky mess on my desk now and then! (smile)

oxide stencilSteps for creating the background for my card –

  1. Ink up a large piece of watercolor paper with Distress Oxides  using sponge daubers (I used Peeled Paint, Broken China, and Worn Liptstick)
  2. Spritz with water (to oxidize) and heat set
  3. Lay a large stencil over your dry background and apply Distress Paint to the surface  (I used the 12 x 12 Garden Gate Stencil from TCW and Frayed Burlap Distress Paint)
  4. Remove Stencil and Heat set with an embossing gun
  5. Trim finished piece to fit your cards

The awesome thing about creating a full page background is you can get several cards/tags out of one “inky experience!”

100_4514After trimming my watercolor paper to fit 4 1/4 x 5 inch cards, I distressed the edges and glued it to a kraft cardfront using my ATG gun. Across the bottom I added a strip of Petaloo lace in green. Using my Cuttlebug, I die cut a piece of vellum using my Labels 10 Nestabilities from Spellbinders. On the front, I stamped a sentiment from the Curious Possibility Stamp Set (Tim Holtz) in Black Soot Distress Ink. After adhering it to my cardfront I added tea-stained green flowers from Petaloo and a Natural Burlap String bow.

100_4520Inside I used Peeled Paint Distress Oxide, Stencil Brushes, and the Huey’s Mask Circle Stencil from Studio Calico to create a corner decoration. Over the top I stamped another image from the Curious Possibility Stamp Set (Tim Holtz) in Black Soot Distress Ink.

I’d love to see how you use Distress Oxides to create backgrounds for your projects so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up anything that uses products from companies Cropstop carries in the store!! I’ll be looking for you in the gallery!






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3 Responses to Creating Backgrounds

  1. Oh how fun are these backgrounds! What a fun technique and sweet, sweet card!

  2. Gail Scott says:

    Fabulous! Like your background very much

  3. Very cool, I never thought of using the paint over the background of oxides, pretty flowers and like the distressing!

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