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Beautiful Backgrounds

Beautiful Backgrounds

By: Cathy Peper, Artistic Guide

Finished card size 4.25 by 5.5

There are many ways to make backgrounds and I thought I would share with you a few of my favorites.  None of these are my original techniques, but seeing them might remind you of something you haven’t done in a while or challenge you to try something new to you.

When I take the time to get inky and messy, I usually like to make several backgrounds.  This can come in handy later.  The three techniques I experimented with for this article are:  Veined Marble (a Technique Junkie technique), Heated Pearls (can be found on Split Coast Stampers and other sites) and Waxy Cuttlebug (another TJ technique).

Chicken stamps on finished card (Tweety Jill)
White cardstock (Neenah)

Glossy white cardstock (Kromecote)
Glossy black cardstock (Kromecote)
Various spray inks (Stamp Zia and Ranger)

Jet Black Stazon (Tsukineko)
Kaleidacolor ink pads (Tsukineko)
Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Water in a spray bottle

Webbing spray (Krylon)
School Glue (Elmers)
Pearl Ex Powder (Jacquard Products)
Heat Gun (Marvy)
Stipple Brush (from stash)
Wax paper (from grocery store)
Cuttlebug Embossing Folders (Provo Craft)
Grand Calibur (Spellbinders)
Brayer (from stash)
Double Sided Adhesive (Scotch 3M)
Ribbon (from Stash)
Copic Markers (.too)


  1. To do the Veined Marble technique, spray your card stock pieces with water.  Then spray with spray inks.  Spray with water again if desired.
  2. Leave to dry.  Once dry, spray with webbing spray and again allow to dry.
  3. To do the Heated Pearls technique, spread a generous coat of school glue over the glossy cardstock ( I like to use black).
  4. Sprinkle just a small amount of 2-3 coordinating colors of Pearl Ex on the wet glue.
  5. Using a stipple brush, pounce all over your piece, spreading the color into the glue.
  6. Heat with heat gun until glue bubbles.
  7. To do the Waxy Cuttlebug technique, run a sheet of waxed paper through your die cutting machine with am embossing folder.
  8. Stamp a piece of white glossy cardstock with Stazon ink.
  9. Iron the waxed paper to the glossy cardstock—you can either use two pieces of glossy cardstock, glossy side to glossy side with the waxed paper sandwiched in between, or if using only one piece of glossy, use a piece of scrap paper to protect your iron.  The wax will transfer to the cardstock and create a resist.
  10. Brayer the Kaleidacolor ink over the glossy cardstock.

My finished card uses one of my Waxy Cuttlebug backgrounds.  I hope you find this review of backgrounds useful.

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4 Responses »

  1. Gorgeous backgrounds! I love doing this..... you never know what will appear.... and no two are alike! Thank you for the wonderful tutorial!
    Marie XX

  2. Love Your Backgrounds !! Thanks for sharing.

  3. These backgrounds are great!!!!

  4. Love the techniques! I am going to share this with my stamping friends. Thank you!!