I hope you are having a great day and have plans for an amazing weekend! It is that time again for another Stampers by the Dozen blog post!
This month's theme was background techniques and as soon as I saw that, I knew exactly what I had to do! Resist embossing!! And if you thought that was amazing, I also used some Brusho to create a really fun tie-dye look that I think looks amazing!
To start, I took some watercolor paper (cut at 5" X 3 3/4") with VersaMark and the Petal Palette stamp set and stamped the large flower image all over my watercolor paper. This is a little tricky sometimes because you are stamping with clear ink of a white piece of paper. If you are having trouble seeing where you have already stamped, hold the piece of paper up to light and move it back and forth. You should be able to see the shiny parts and have a fairly good idea on where you have already stamped.
Next, I took my clear embossing powder, covered the entire piece and then heat set the powder with my heat tool.
And that's the basic way to start creating your emboss resist background. From here, you can decide how you want to color your background. Remember that the stamped images are going to be white and you are coloring all of the spaces around the images. Because of this, I find that I like to use more of a watercolor look with this technique but using a sponge with ink is another one of my favorite looks with this.
I decided to use Brusho to create a kind of tie-dye look. To start, I took my mister and wet the entire piece of paper. Then starting in one corner, I started to add some of the Brilliant Red color. I used my Aqua Painters to help spread the color around to get a nice wash. I then started to bring in the Prussian Blue color and again used my Aqua Painters to spread the color around and blend the two together.
At this point, I realized that I wanted the colors to be a little lighter which I find a lot when I use Brusho since they are so pigmented :) To take the color back a little bit, I grabbed my mister again and a baby wipe, sprayed the piece to get all of the color nice and moveable and then started to pick up the liquid with my baby wipe. You can do this a few times until you are happy with the color you end up with.
Then I just kept adding color, blending and removing color until I was happy with how the piece was looking. At the very end, I sprinkled just a few more Brusho flakes and didn't wet them. When your paper is just slightly damp and you add the powder, it keeps the color from spreading too much and you end up with some speckles which I think just adds some really nice texture.
From here, I stamped the sentiment "Life is so much better with you in it" on some Very Vanilla cardstock and then cut it out using my Stitched Shape Framelits. Then grabbed our Silver 1/8" Ribbon and wrapped it around the watercolor piece twice. I also cut out a larger circle in Powder Pink and started to assemble the card.
To finish everything off, I used Fast Fuse to adhere this to a Wistera Wonder card base. Make sure you use a really strong adhesive to put these two together since we are using watercolor paper with a lot of water on it which can cause warping. After that, you're done!
I really hope you enjoyed this project! Make sure you click below to go to the next blog post and see some more awesome projects!
Here are all of the goodies you'll need to make this project!