Textured Backgrounds

100_7310Today I want to share a tutorial for creating textured backgrounds using Gesso, Spray Ink, and a Gelli Printing Plate.

gesso spray inkStep One: Spread a thin layer of Gesso over your Gelli Printing Plate using your brayer

Step Two: Add color with Spray Ink (I used Heidi Swapp Blush color Shine)

Step Three: Lay a stencil over the top (I used the Gothic Tim Holtz stencil)

Step Four: Pick up a print with Watercolor paper

Step Five: Remove Stencil and Pick up a second print with watercolor paper

NOTE #1 After experimenting with this a bit I found that running your brayer over the ink and gesso once after step two and before step three helped the ink not to puddle on my print.

NOTE #2 After you remove the stencil and before you make your final print you may wish to give another spritz of ink for added color

100_7304-horzHere are some of the fun backgrounds I created using different colors and stencils.  #1 Ranger Leaf Stencil with Ranger Cut Grass Spray Ink  #2 Heidi Swapp Blush color Shine with Tim Holtz Flourish Stencil #3 A Muse Lemon Whip Spash with Tim Holtz Measure Stencil

100_7320-horzFor this card I stamped some strawberries from the Nature’s Sketchbook stamp set (Stampin’ Up) in black soot distress ink on one of my new textured backgrounds. I colored it with Prismacolor pencils and distressed the edges with the Tonic Studios Paper Distresser. I layered it on distressed black cardstock and a Postage Stamp die cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities). In the corner I added some Petaloo blooms and decorated the inside with Washi tape and a sentiment cut with Momento dies.

100_7316For this second card I stamped a pretty scene from the Garden Collage stamp set (Stampin’ Up) in black soot distress ink and colored it with Prismacolor pencils. I used the Tonic Studios Paper Distresser on both the top two pieces and layered them on a scallopped square die cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities).  Three tiny pearls complete the front of this pretty pastel card.

100_7317-horzI decorated the inside with two coordinating pieces of Washi Tape.  I’d love to see how you add texture to your cards so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up your projects that use products from companies Cropstop carries.

Come Back Tomorrow and I’ll show you how I used the Leaves Background I created above! (Think jungle and monkeys!)








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2 Responses to Textured Backgrounds

  1. Gail says:

    Your background turned out lovely – thanks for sharing how you created this beautiful card – have a blessed week

  2. Fabulous backgrounds, love your cards, love the flowers with your pretty strawberries and with the dimension in the butterfly on the second too!

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