Saturday, May 13, 2017

Embossed Resist Card Background

Hi There!
I love creating unique backgrounds because it is so much fun to emboss and then watch as the image pops out once you apply ink over it. You can easily create beautiful backgrounds by repeatedly stamping a single design and then heat embossing the image. Use a sponge applicator to add 2-3 shades of pigment inks over the embossed design. Go ahead and have a little can build up a stash of backgrounds to pull out when you need that last minute card.
  1.  Art Journaling #2 Rubber Set (Sin City Stamps) 
  2.  Inhale Exhale Art Stamp Sheet (Sin City Stamps) 
  3.  Flower on Stem Art Rubber Stamp (Sin City Stamps) 
  4.  Watermark Ink Pad
  5.  White Embossing Powder
  6.  Heat Gun
  7.  Anti-Static Bag- or cloth bag of cornstarch
  8.  Pigment Inks / Sponge Applicator
  9.  White & Pink Cardstock
  10.  Pattern paper scraps
  11.  Water Color Paints / Waterbrush
  12.  Dimensional Foam Pads
  13.  Permanent Black Ink Pad 
  14.  Transparency (vellum)
  15.  Card base (5x7")
1. Fold the front panel of a white card base in half vertically. (Z-Fold Card)
Stamp the flourish repeatedly on the left half of the card front with pink pigment ink.

2. Adhere pink cardstock to the inside panel leaving a narrow white border.
3. Wipe white cardstock with an Anti-Static Bag (or cloth bag of cornstarch) to prevent static cling attracting stray grains of embossing powder to speckle the paper. Stamp the flourish stamp repeatedly with Perfect Medium. Be sure to overlap the edge of the paper and to rotate the stamp with each new impression to fill the page with a random design. Apply white embossing powder, remove the excess powder, and heat set.

4. Stamp the flower image twice with green pigment ink. Use watercolor paints to shade the leaves on one image. Next, paint the petals of the second image and fussy cut. Assemble the flower with dimensional foam tape and matte with patterned paper.  Tear the lower edge of the matte.
 5. Apply pigment ink over the embossed design with a sponge applicator. Matte with white cardstock.
(TIP: After applying ink over the embossed design, wipe the entire image with a facial tissue to remove any small beads of ink that are clinging to the heat set powder. The slick plastic surface of melted powder will resist absorbing the ink and will remain wet leading to the possibility of transfer to your fingers or smudging and ruining your project.)
6. Adhere the matted flower image by applying adhesive only to the left front half of the panel.

7. Use permanent black ink to stamp a sentiment onto transparency. Apply a small amount of adhesive to discreetly attach it. (TIP: Cut the transparency longer than the image in order to fold the excess, add adhesive to the flaps, and attach it behind the stamped background panel.)

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