Bodacious Backgrounds — Part II
Finished Card Size: 5.5" x 4.25"
Hi again. Last time we made backgrounds for cards with a technique called Faux Bleach Batik. Today, we'll finish up the last background, and do something with the copy paper sheets we ironed the EP onto. Here's the list of additional supplies you will need to do these cards.
Meso Flourish C949 (Memory Box)
Sentiments - Scenic Sentiments Sheet 1 - Nature/Trees (Stampscapes.com)
Autumn Leaf 514-S6 (Mostly Animals)
Butterfly-Glass Wing-Middle H1662 (Sutter Stamps)
Leaf 09118K (Magenta)
Tuxedo Black Memento ink pad (Tsukineko)
Jet Black Archival ink pad (Ranger)
Jet Black StazOn solvent ink pad (Tsukineko)
Adirondack Earthtones ink pads: (Ranger)
Adirondack Lights ink pads: (Ranger)
Matte Card Stock for card blanks (Staples)
Black Card Stock (Bazzil)
Acetate sheet (Staples)
Card stock scraps in white and autumn colors (from my stash)
Score Board (Martha Stewart)
Double-sided adhesive (Glue Glider Pro)
Double-sided Foam Squares (Scotch)
Ultrafine Glitter -- colors of choice (The Art Institute)
Designer Dries Clear Adhesive (Art Institute)
Cosmetic Sponges or ink dauber
Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Coating (Endura)
Dye Cut/Embossing Machine (Cuttlebug)
Leaf Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug)
Nestabilities Labels Four (Spellbinders)
Scraps of organdy ribbon
- To turn the fourth background into a card, place it in the leaf embossing folder, and run it through the dye cut machine following manufacturer's directions.
- Stamp the Autumn sentiment on a scrap of white card stock. Center the nestability from Labels Four which fits the best and run it through the dye cut machine. Before removing the dye, lightly sponge on oregano dye ink around the edges.
- Remove the dye, and stamp the top portion of the flourish stamp at the bottom and adhere to the background as shown in photo above.
- Adhere to black card stock cut .25" larger than background with dimensional foam squares. Layer the two scraps of organdy ribbon and tie around the bottom of the card into a knot. Trim ends. Adhere finished piece to an orange card stock .25" larger, and then adhere the whole piece to an 8.5" x 5.5" card, scored, and folded down the middle.
Now that all four cards are finished let's take a look at the scrap paper we saved.
Each of these pieces can be turned into glorious backgrounds in their own right and turned into cards or saved in your background stash. Here is one way to do that.
- Lightly sponge on complementary colors over the top of the sheet. I used the adirondack inks shown above.
- Using archival ink, overstamp the same stamp that was used to create the original background on each one. and trim to the size desired. You will need to protect the surface of this background from fading because of the embossing powder that was ironed on. To do that I sprayed heavily with clear glossy spray and set aside to dry completely before continuing. Here are examples of one of the backgrounds before and after trimming and spraying.
- Do the two steps above with each of the backgrounds. Then you can save them for later, or turn them into cards now. I made one card and saved the others for later use.
- For the first card, after sponging, over-stamping, and trimming, I stamped the butterfly with StazOn ink onto acetate. When the ink was dry, I turned it over and applied Dries Clear Adhesive one section at a time, and sprinkled glitter over the entire piece. Always start with your darkest color of glitter and work towards the lighter colors. Also, if you are using a combination of opaque and transparent glitters, always do all the opaque before you start on the transparent, because the opaque will cover up the transparent glitter if the glue is still wet. When complete, set aside and allow to dry completely. Depending on how much glue you used, heat, and humidity, this can take as little as 20 minutes or as long as several hours. From the front all you will be able to see before it dries is the white of the glue. When it is dry, the glue is transparent, and the glitter will be seen from the front of the piece. Below are pictures front and back of the wet glittered butterfly.
- While the glue is drying, assemble your card. Attach the background to black card stock trimmed just slightly larger than the background piece. Attach this to a 5.5" by 4.25" scored card blank. I used a half sheet of pale green metallic card stock from my scrap stash.
- When the glue is totally dry on the butterfly, cut it out close to the outline and adhere with dimensional foam to the finished card as shown below.
That completes this two part tutorial on faux bleach batik ink backgrounds, and I hope you have enjoyed it. Be sure to sign your work when you are finished.
As long as we have the craft iron out, I would like to show you one more, completely different background, so I'll be back one more time this week. Happy crafting.
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