This post is about some techniques to create a mottled multicolored background. I started out wanting to create an autumn colored background and ended up with a winter night background. The autumn leaves were for a Club Scrap challenge. I had extra card mats so I used them for a winter night background. Come back tomorrow to see how I used the background to make two cards.
I wanted to create a neutral autumn background without any distinct lines. So I used Tim Holtz wrinkle free distress technique.
- Spots of Distress Paint Antique Linen and Antique Bronze on my craft sheet
- Add Distress Ink from the pad in Fired Brick, Crushed Olive, Wild Honey, and Seedless Preserves
- Sprayed generously with water
- Wipe the ink up with heavy weight mixed media paper
I liked the result, but it was lighter than I wanted. So I repeated the process with only the Distress ink and water. Then I added embossed leaves using Club Scrap Stamps.
From this I created two fall cards with the backgrounds. The papers are from Club Scrap paper. The greetings are from the Club Scrap Peacock kit.
Next, I used extra light panels and a salt technique to make a winter night background.
- Spray mat with water
- Spray Memory Mist Blue Hawaii
- Add Distress Stains in Brushed Pewter, Seedless Preserves, Evergreen Bough, Faded Jeans, and Dust Concord
- Spray more water
- And Spray Memory Mist Blue Hawaii
- Sprinkle with coarse salt and allow to dry overnight
- When dry remove salt
- Cover the whole mat with clear embossing power to seal
Below is a detailed view of the background created.
Come back tomorrow to see how I used this background for the Operation Write Home World Card Making Day Blog Hop.