I started with Hero Arts Daisy wood block stamp. I find it easier when using a wood block stamp to just lay the stamp face up and ink it and then lay your card stock on top and use a piece of copy paper to rub your hands across in order to get a smooth coating of ink. I did that with Simon Says Stamp Clear ink and with the Memento Tuxedo black ink. I used watercolor paper as well as regular card stock so that I could get a couple of different looks. I then used the white and clear embossing powders from Hero Arts to give me two different looks on the clear ink.
For the second set of backgrounds I used a Ranger Dylusions rubber stamp set of daisies that was more of an abstract and fun look. For this set I actually used the stamp positioning tool and took the foam piece out because they were rubber mounted stamps. I arranged them as I thought would look good and then swung the door over to grab the stamps. I also used Simon Says Stamp clear ink and Memento Tuxedo black ink as well as two different types of paper for these cards. But for this one I used Antiquities Ochre embossing ink and the White embossing ink for a little bit of a different look. I also did one in My Favorite Things beige ink for a lighter look.
For the third set of backgrounds I used The Ton's Close Up flower and the heavy mounting block that I have with a handle from Prima. I love that block for so many different uses and I wanted to try it out with this technique and see if it worked. I usually just lay square background stamps on the craft mat and do the same technique that I used for the wood mounted stamp in the first technique, but I wanted to try something different. So, you can use either one and they both work great. I used the Simon Says Stamp clear ink again and some different colors of embossing powder just to add a little fun!
I then (over the course of a few days because of my disabilities and pain) colored the backgrounds in in various ways. I watercolored some with the "smushing" technique - watercolored with Distress crayons - colored in with Spectrum Alcohol Markers - watercolored with Spectrum Aqua Markers - watercolored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers - and more! I just had some fun with it. The entire time I tried to think of my Mom and the wonderful things she has done for me in life and put the happy and the love into it as I was making them.
Next, I took the three different sets and tried to finish the cards in various ways. I wanted them all to be similar, but different. I tried to use generic sentiments so that my Mom could send them out to whomever - whenever!!!! I hope she uses them this time!!! It is such a compliment that she wants to hoard them but I can make more!
I hope this helped with different ways to do backgrounds. Sometimes I just like to make a whole bunch of backgrounds this way and then set them aside to make cards later. I also do this with coloring or art work when I am hurting and stuck in bed. I use those for backgrounds on cards as well. So, maybe you can try one of these ideas and let me know if it worked for you! I would love to see what you create!
Thanks so much for always being so supportive and awesome! You guys are the best of the best! Jude :-)
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