Making Backgrounds


Hi!  Kate here with another post about color!  
Not color-ING (because if you check my last 2 posts (July 4th and July 25th) you know that I'm not a fan of color-ING.  This time, we are going to make colorful backgrounds with just the one stamp set! 

Some of you may be new to stamping and may not have too many coordinating stamp sets...some of you may have more stamps than you care to admit to...but you all may come across a set that you don't have much to match with.  This is the case for me with the Happy Camper set.  This is my first set with a camping theme.  I wanted to make a few cards and didn't quite know what to do for a background (besides patterned paper).  So I decided to make my own backgrounds using the emboss resist technique.

Happy Camper stamp set
Embossing Ink (I used Versamark)
Clear or white embossing powder
Distress Oxide inks in your choice of colors
Paper Towel

Here we go:

I stamped all the images from the stamp set on Bristol Smooth cardstock with some embossing ink,  covered the images with the clear embossing ink and melted it.   You can stamp a random all over pattern or you can stamp certain images (like I did with the trees) or even sentiments. 

Next, take ink (I prefer Distress Oxide Ink, since it blends so nicely) and cover your background panel in any direction you want (diagonal, rainbow striped, all over).  Make sure to rub the panel with a dry paper towel when you are done ink blending (to remove any ink from the embossed areas) to reveal the pattern.  

I added a NOT colored camper for the focal point and a sentiment strip embossed on black cardstock for some contrast.  Some sequins finish off some of the cards. 

I'd love to see your take on my cards--tag me on Instagram @katedeignancards


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