Backgrounds in Bloom

Floral Tapesty Flame colours Heather Telford

I have made several cards with this pretty background stamp lately and there are more to come. For this one I tried something new, a technique I saw on Jennifer McGuire’s blog and in a few other places too. To begin I stamped the background stamp on watercolour paper with versamark ink then embossed with clear embossing powder. Next I applied several different distress stains taking care to blend them in some places and keep them separate in others. I then spritzed the whole panel with water and let it dry naturally. Finally I placed the panel between two pieces of printer paper and ironed all the embossing off. The effect reminds me of batik, something I did a lot of in high school. I added the “Smile” die cut in the same “Fall festival” cardstock as the mat.

Background stamps have been the feature all week on the Penny Black blog so if you are looking for inspiration pop on over.

Cheryl has set us a  new challenge on the One Layer Simplicity blog which will be a delight to try. Go and take a look.

Supplies:

Stamps: Floral Tapestry (PB)
Dies: Hooray (PB)
Inks: Versamark (Tsukineko) Vintage Photo, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door, Mustard Seeds  Distress stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Neenah Classic Crest Natural White 110lb smooth Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, PB Fall festival mix & match paper