Today I was working on creating Batik backgrounds. This technique, like so many other techniques, isn't hard, but it does take some time. For this card, I used Very Vanilla, Mango Melody, and Old Olive cardstocks. For the ink, I used Mango Melody, Old Olive, and Poppy Parade. I also used the Stitched Shapes and Wild Rose dies and the Brick and Mortar embossing plate. All of these supplies are from Stampin' Up!
Unfortunately, I wasn't thinking while I was working on this and didn't take any process pictures to share with you. Hopefully, the description is enough to help you understand the technique.
I started by cutting a dozen or more leaves from Very Vanilla cardstock. I used non-permanent glue on the back of these leaves and stuck down a single layer of leaves on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. If you look at my finished card, the leaves that are still vanilla were where I placed this first layer of cut-out leaves.
Using sponge daubers, I added Mango Melody ink in very areas of the paper, sponging right over the leaves that were adhered to the piece of paper. However, I didn't cover the whole piece of cardstock with ink. Then I did the same with Poppy Parade ink, filling in the rest of the blank areas and overlapping the Mango Melody ink in some areas.
It will be very tempting, but don't remove this first layer of leaves yet!
You should still have plenty of leaves left over that you didn't attach in the first step. I added these leaves in a second layer over the first leaves. Now, your leaves from the second layer will overlap those from the first layer.
Repeat the inking steps you did before, but this time, use Poppy Parade and Old Olive ink. When you are done, carefully remove the leaves to reveal the beautiful batik background.
Kids and teachers are heading back to school, the days are getting shorter, soon the weather will turn cooler (at least for those of us in the north), and we are all facing the reality that summer will soon be coming to an end. But that means fall, and pumpkins, and hot cocoa, and Christmas are right around the corner!
And in just a couple of weeks (Sep. 4), Stampin' Up! will release their holiday catalog. There is so much awesome in this catalog. The papers are beautiful and whimsical with splashes of shine. There are all the over-the-top accessories you will want to make beautiful holiday cards and gifts. And, there is a stamp set for every taste and style. You won't want to miss it!
Watercolor backgrounds can seem intimidating, but here's a way to easily create a watercolor background using an acrylic block. You know those clear plastic blocks you adhere your stamps to? Those are the secret to a beautiful background.
So often our card bases tend to be light colors. This makes sense - light colors are easier to stamp on. However, darker cards can be dramatic. For today's Wow Wednesday, I used the To a Wild Rose stamp set and dies. For the greeting, I used the Well Said set.
This card uses the 2019-2021 In-Colors Terracotta Tile and Pretty Peacock as well as Basic Black. I used Staz-on jet black ink to stamp the outlines of the rose and leaves. Then, I stamped the shading with Versamark to give it a slightly darker color. I cut the images out with the dies. I stamped a second flower and fussy cut the center. I mounted this center on the middle of the flower with dimensionals to give a 3D effect.
To create a background at the top of the card, I stamped the flower center image in Versamark ink on Pretty Peacock cardstock. To add some texture, I embossed the strip of Basic Black cardstock with the Subtle embossing folder. Finally, I tied it all together with some Polka Dot Tulle.
All of the supplies, including the To a Wild Rose stamp set are available from Stampin' Up!
Next time you want to create a truly dramatic card, consider using darker colors. They can really pop!
Have you checked out the Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack lately? It's a great place to get some pretty awesome deals, and for the first time this summer, there are stamp sets on the Clearance Rack. There are lots of holiday sets available right now, including Beautiful Blizzard which I used on all of these cards. But remember, items on the Clearance Rack are available for a limited time, so get 'em before they're gone!
Today's Tips & Techniques for the Weekend focuses on heat embossing. This is an old standby in the world of stamping, but one that never fails to add a bit of elegance or a professional look to your card.
There are a few basic supplies you will need:
- Embossing Ink or Versamark Ink
- Embossing Powder
- a Heat Gun
For this card, I am using the To A Wild Rose stamp set and embossing the images on the See a Silhouette Designer Series Paper. Stamping on patterned paper is a fun way to get an interesting fill for your line images. I love the watercolor look of the See A Silhouette paper and this way, I didn't have to do any coloring!
I used white embossing powder for my card. Just dump some over the area you stamped, and then turn your card over and let the excess powder fall on your scrap paper. You can lightly tap the back of your card to remove any stray powder. If you still have some powder in areas where it shouldn't be, carefully use a dry paintbrush to brush it away.
Then, gently fold your scrap paper and pour the extra embossing powder back in the jar.
A much easier method is to use a heat gun. Slowly move the heat gun over your image as you see the powder melt. Be careful not to hold the heat gun in one place for too long because you can over melt the powder. This will cause it to appear dull and melt completely into the cardstock leaving a flat image instead of a raised one.
Now, you're going to cut this piece into strips going the other direction. Each strip can be the same width, I used 1/2" strips for one card, or they can be varying widths. Lay the strips side-by-side shifting the patterns up or down each strip. You can go back and forth between up and down, or make a wave-type pattern, or a variation of the two.
You can copy the ideas exactly, or put your own spin on it. I find that the more I CASE other stampers' cards, the more I start to formulate my own ideas. If you're new to stamping, it's a great way to get started. When I find myself with a little Stamper's Block, I CASE some cards and quickly find myself stamping away again.
Today's tip for the weekend seems like a no brainer, and maybe all of you are already doing this, but it was a light bulb moment for me while making cards yesterday.
However, when designing cards, proportions are really important. I always want to know how an image or a group of images will fill the card front. Since I was designing some single-layer cards, this was particularly pertinent yesterday. Then it dawned on me, why not cut down my scrap paper to card front size. Then I could try out a card design before I stamped in on card stuck. Well, duh, why had I never thought of this before?
Since copy paper is so thin, I could cut multiple pieces at once, and with just a few swipes of my paper cutter, I had a small stack of 5.5 x 4.25 inch pieces of scrap paper, perfect for practicing card fronts.
So, have you had any "well, duh" moments while stamping? I'd love to hear about them!
Heidi Collins, Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator
I have been stamping, scrapbooking, and paper crafting for over 20 years, and I love helping others explore the joy of making beautiful projects for yourself and others.