Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Making Your Own Backgrounds

Hello friends and welcome back!  I have some fun planned for ya today : D  If you've read my last couple of posts, this will be somewhat of a review, but I'm sure you'll pick up a few ideas or maybe even have an 'a-ha!' moment lol!

I've been having SOOOOO much fun playing with my new goodies from Susana's Custom Art & Card Design.  Susana carries the best products, it's hard to choose what to use first!

I finally decided on this little cutie called Knowledge is Power Angel by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD.  I even dusted off my Lacey Ovals Nestabilities die which I paired with Classic Large Oval Nestabilities die : )

This stamp has been been released before, but because she's one of our favorites, Susana has decided to Re-Release the whole collection of beauties!!!  She's from the Guardian Angel Collection.  But wait... there is one Brand New Angel you may spy at the store (or have seen on my blog!).

Here's the full background.  You can see the great texture the Embossing Paste provides.  Susana carries different colors of Embossing Paste so you can create just the right look!

The flower (although not handmade) was stained with Vintage Photo Distress Stain.  I've decided that I LOVE distress stains.  At first I thought, "Why?"  there are re-inkers... but now I see the difference cuz the re-inkers will lose the intensity of the color when you add water, but you can see the richness of the dark brown in the bottom petals.  The top petals were pressed on the already distressed petals, so it got a kind of 'second generation' distress : )

Tulle behind, and a cute li'l button center and it's ready to glue on using... you know it - ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever lol!  Yes, I am in LOVE with glue ♥

Oooooh, a better shot of that texture lol!  If you look closely, you can see the bottom layer, which is stamped text.  Lots of beautiful layers to enjoy : )

Wanna know to get this look?  Here ya go...

Making Your Own Background

Of course there are many many ways and products one can use to create different backgrounds.  I'm going to show you how I created the background I used on my card today.

First step:  Using Archival Ink *Here* or *Here* and rubber stamp, I stamped the text on a sheet of 8 1/2"x 11" four times.  Any size paper/stamp can be used.  This isn't the stamp I used, but is a cool text stamp (which I want!).

Second Step:  Tape down the Damask stencil (using removable tape) and apply Black Embossing Paste, icing as you would a cake!

Third Step:  Carefully lift up the Damask stencil, revealing a beautiful design!  After about an hour, reapply the stencil and tap an embossing pad (I used VersaMark Dazzle) on open areas of stencil.

Fourth Step:  Apply Stargazer Mica Powder (or color of your choice) with a soft brush.  Stargazer is a beautiful blue color, but on top of the Matte Black Embossing Paste, it turns a pretty teal color!

For my card today, I spritzed the paper with water and brushed on more Stargazer.  When that was dry, I added Ice Silks and used my finger to add Solar Gold Mica Powder on bits and pieces.

* Solar Gold Mica Powder doesn't have a base color, but on top of the color I already laid down, it shows up beautifully!

I cut the paper for my background (5"x5") and had some left over which I will show you on my next post!

Well, to be perfectly honest... you don't!  However, there are some definite benefits to using this amazing cleaner!  Take a peek below.  Nothing has been retouched.  These are 'as is' photos!

I scrubbed as best I could, but I didn't want to rip the intricate design...  Soap and water removed the major part of embossing paste, but certainly left a lot behind!

Look how CLEAN the ScraPerfect Best Cleaner Ever worked on this stencil!!!  I mean even the nooks and crannies of this intricate stencil got clean.  It's AMAZING!  You can click on the photo to make it larger so you can see in detail.

...and of course, I used ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever to adhere my ENTIRE card!

Whew!  I bet you thought that I'd never end..

Interested in some CANDY?  Need a Brand New Paper Cutter?  I've got one to give away!  It's a whopping 12"x12" and it's a TONIC - I just LOVE LOVE LOVE mine!!!

Enter Candy *HERE*

Lots and lots of love to you!!! ♥

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul~


Renkata said...

wow Lori
this is amazing design. love the papers, great tutorial dear.

Aunty Sue said...

used to make alot of my own backgrounds but hardly ever now but this is stunning thanks for sharing you are clever

Lourdes said...

Looovely card and an amazing tutorial!....Thanks for sharing!

Regards from Spain


Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Beautiful card, love the background. I have the best glue ever and I LOVE it, so I am going to have to try out the cleaner

Rufus said...

What a fantastic background! Love your color choices. I love to make my own background papers, so much fun!

Susan said...

Lori -- Thanks for the great tutorial today on creating our own background papers. You are so generous to share your knowledge.
I've never heard of that cleaner before, but will try to remember when I run out!

Yoshira aka cricutalltime said...

Beautiful card.love your background and colored image.Thanks for the tutorial.

franzesjoi said...

hi Lori,I'm always hesitant to comment when someone is offering candy on their blog and I've never found their blog before....I was surfing other blogs that I follow and saw yours listed so I decided to check it out. I love your creations and thank you for the tutorials -big help! especially for me a not expert into this crafts :) I am now your new follower and would love to see your creations everyday (hope more tutorials, too) I have posted your candy on my blog sidebar...thank you so much for the chance to win!

Beate said...

Beautiful coloring of the image and card.
Hugs and smiles

mapowska said...

Super tutorial! It is very clear :)
And the card is lovely!

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