Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Layered backgrounds

I was inspired by a card in Stamp it! this month. Janice Tinklenberg made a stunning card using the Fabulous set and Paisley background stamp. I have seen this technique before, it is similar to Joseph's coat but without the embossing. First you stamp your background stamp onto glossy paper and then stamp a bold image over that with versamark ink. Let the Vmark dry for a minute and then brayer a coordinating color over the entire card. (In Joseph's coat you emboss the vmark with clear powder) The Vmark will resist the brayered ink and the design from the background stamp will show through.
I wanted to try it just a bit surprise there, so after stamping my background I used a line image instead of a bold image. This stamp is a hostess stamp this year called In the Garden. You have seen me show other projects with it. I love it! I planned on coloring in the flower with the Versamarker so I stamped the flower with black Staz On in the hopes that it would not smear. No such luck! I'm not sure why it smeared, but it did. So, plan B! I stamped the flower onto scrap paper and cut it out, making a mask. Then I brayered ink over that. That worked fairly well, but left quite a halow around my flower that I didn't really like. Out came the markers! I used the same color marker, eggplant, and filled in around the flower where the 'halo' was. Now, I had a dark halo. sigh, I ended up coloring in everywhere the brayer had gone. I ended up with a really dark background that isn't quite perfect around my flower. BUT, just look at the flower with it's inner design and over look the background. Oooh, aaahh,...;o)
I mounted my flower onto apricot cardstock and then onto a white card base. The "friendship" is from the Tres Chic background stamp. I did add a bit of dazzling diamonds to the center of the an attempt to save it.
So, now you know. We all have those days when things just don't go quite as we want them to but hopefully, we learn a little something along the way. Have a good one!

1 comment:

Gina Wrona said...


This card is so awesome!

Especially since I am the lucky receipent of it in person.

I just love it!