Friday, 13 February 2015

Background Made with Blendabilities

I saw this technique demonstrated on Pinterest, and it was if a light came on.  I have been struggling with this concept for a while, so now I know how to do it - create wonderful backgrounds to cards etc using the new blendabilities.
I wanted to make a video of these but I couldn't get my camera working.

The flower in the card was stamped on a background made with blendabilities and then punched.  The centers were punched from a separate part of the background.

Here are some sample backgrounds I have made using a different combination of markers:

Just think what you could do with these?

Blendabilities Background Tutorial

Supplies Needed:
  1. Blendabilities (usually the darkest tone) - three colours with one being a neutral.  Here I have Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler, and Pumpkin Pie.
  2.  Glossy cardstock cut into 4 pieces (4 1/4 by 5 1/2")
  3.  Rubbing alcohol (I used 99% but 70% will work just fine) in a spritzer container
  4. A large sealable plastic bag (ziploc).  Could be any brand
  5. Tape to secure bag to table.

1.  Gather your supplies:

The colours used in this tutorial are:  Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, cherry Cobbler and Pumpkin Pie.

A piece of glossy cardstock.  Photo paper does not nearly work as well.

2.  Tape a sealable plastic bag securely on your table which has a protective cover on it. Before sealing all the way around, place a piece of cardstock underneath the bag in the middle.  This will help identify the size of the field you will be working in.

3.  Scribble all over the top of the plastic bag using all the colours in a most random fashion.  Be sure to work only on the area identified by the piece of card stock underneath the bag.

4.  Spritz the area with the alcohol in the spritzer - generously.  Make sure the area is really wet.

5.  Take a piece of clean glossy cardstock and place it over top of the spritzed surface, gently rubbing all over the surface with your finger.

6.  Gently lift the piece of cardstock off the plastic bag.  The colour will have transferred from the bag to the piece of cardstock.  Each piece you do will be a surprise.

If there are any white areas on your sample, lift some colour off the bag.

7.  Let dry.

8.  Be sure to write on the back of the sample what colours you used.

I tried the technique on photo paper and it works okay, but will do if you don't have glossy card stock. The colours did not mix as well. Here's a sample I did:

 The colours I used were:  Pumpkin Pie, Smoky slate, Old Olive, and Crumb Cake.


  1. This is wonderful -thank you so much for the tutorial.

  2. wonderful...thanks for the tutorial