Hello! I am slowly coming back to work after some time off with family. I also have been moving into my craft room, so I haven’t been crafting at all. (You can follow the room progress HERE.) Trying to get back into it! Have some fun things to share with you.
Today’s videos share a trick I have been using for when creating inked backgrounds of any kind. Hoping it works for you, too.
Sometimes it is just fun to sit down and play with your supplies while creating inked backgrounds. Inked backgrounds can be used on a variety of cards.
I have found that it is helpful to hold my background paper down with Press N Seal while I do painting, inking, etc. This allows me to cover the entire card with inking… and being able to control it from moving and warping. No need for taped edges! There are other ways to do this, but this one is super effective.
Press N Seal is a food wrap product meant for the kitchen. However, it works great in the craft room! (Fun fact – my hubby holds the patents on this product – he invented it a few years back. He works for P&G and they licensed the product to Glad.) In the video, I use Press N Seal to make several background pieces.
I ended up trimming my backgrounds down after being inspired by a sketch. (More on that below.) For the first card, I used a watercolor background along with a gorgeous dimension heart made with the Birch Press Caprice Heart Layered Dies. I also added a small heart with a bit of Tonic Ice White Nuvo Glitter… along with a Altenew Oriental Orchid Stamp sentiment.
Isn’t that layered heart gorgeous?!
My next example shows a stenciled background with the same design. (By the way – all the exact cardstock and ink colors I used are linked in the thumbnails below. I am going to try to do that in all of my posts from now on. Try!)
I also went ahead and added a Right At Home Happy Mail Year 2 Stamp message onto matching envelopes for all of my cards…
While I had my supplies out, I created a couple more cards. The first uses a background I created with Distress Inks and Claritystamp Brushes… and the Birch Press Amour Layered Die Set. Those layered backgrounds are my weakness! I only added a stitched heart and sentiment to keep it simple…
And I couldn’t resist one more with those layered background dies. Swoon…
FUSION CARD CHALLENGE BLOG
My first two cards today were inspired by a sketch from the Fusion Card Challenge Blog. This challenge blog is celebrating their third year! My dear friend, Michelle Lupton, asked me to play along and I enjoyed following the sketch. Be sure to check out both of their blogs.
Here is the sketch I followed for my first cards:
Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at NO cost to you. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk. As always, this post was NOT sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), etc.