Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Watercolour Salt Background Technique Using Acrylic Blocks

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I just loved this technique when I watched this video, and decided to do it for myself.

Supplies Needed: 
  • Clear acrylic block (any size)
  • Spritzer with water
  • Watercolour paper
  • 3 different ink colours (one dark, one medium and one lighter)
  • something to cover your table
  • gloves are optional.
  • coarse sea salt, sugar etc.

These are the ones I created using left over pieces of watercolour paper.  You can see the coarse sea salt on top of each piece.

These 2 pieces have the salt removed and have left an interesting pattern.  Colours used on the block:  Island Indigo, Lost Lagoon, Old Olive.

Here I use one of the backgrounds using the new SAB stamp set "For Being You".  Using an Aquapainter and Island Indigo Ink, I applied some extra ink inside each letter and then applied some glitter.  The background paper is Irresistibly Yours (SAB) inked with Pool Party and Old Olive inks.

Close up of card.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Emboss Resist Multicoloured Backbround

This is a background technique I learned at Cambridge.  I was just blown away!  I am showing you how to make it with the colours used in the card we were given to do as a make and take.  I won't show you how to make the entire card - just the background.
I just want to emphasize again that I am not the author of this technique!

  • Whisper White cardstock 3 by 4" (or whatever size you want)
  • Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze, Hello Honey, Early Espresso, Versa Mark
  • Finger daubers for each of the above colours except the Versa Mark
  • Stamp: Sheltering Tree (the leaves only)
  • Embossing buddy
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Heat tool
Step 1: 
 Starting with the darkest colour (in this case Cherry Cobbler), ink up the dauber, and in circular motions apply Cherry Cobbler randomly over the surface of the Whisper White paper.

Apply the Cajun Craze next in the same manner.  It's okay to touch the Cherry Cobbler ink.

Fill in the empty spaces with Hello Honey

Step 2:
Apply embossing buddy to the entire surface of the stamped area.

Ink up the stamp with Versa Mark ink and stamp directly on the coloured background piece stamping at least 4 times to cover the entire area.

Add clear embossing powder.

Heat using a heat tool

Step 3:
Using a finger dauber and Early Espresso in cover the entire surface of the now embossed background.

Take a paper towel and wipe the surface to remove the Early Espresso ink from the embossed areas.

Here is what it looks like now.

Now experiment and try it with different colours.  The colours used above are autumn colours - maybe some Christmas, summer or spring colours.  Have fun.