The Craft Room 18th June 2016 = Emboss resist backgrounds

Time to get back to our background basics stamping techniques this week.

A couple of months ago we started getting back to basics with brayered backgrounds using various over stamping techniques

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Now we are going to have a play with an embossed resist technique

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I treated the group (me) to some new stamps from Creative Expressions which I thought would be perfect for this

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For their first attempts the ladies were limited to using just a couple of stamp sets – the butterfly set above and another butterfly/dragonfly set from my stash – just so they could get the hang of random stamping and embossing, and did not want to overload them with too much choice lol.

The stamps were stamped using Versamark ink onto white stamping card, sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat embossed to make the “resist” .

Using a Distress ink and round blending tool the colour was gently blended in from the sides. This gives a softer more delicate  look than the brayer, though if you wanted a bolder look the brayer could still be used.

When happy with the background colour, over stamp using the same ink pad using various texture/writing and image stamps. Then its just a case of remembering to clean your white bits with some kitchen roll  and job done.

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Very simple and quick to do, with the first one done I gave the ladies a few more stamps to play with, lets see how they got on.

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Irene  technique improved with each piece as she began to understand what she needed to do, the blue piece is gorgeous.

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The same with Margery, loving the yellow

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With Jackie it was mastering  the impulse to overload  the ink blending, the lilac is just about perfect

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Lisa, although she used bold colours, with the gentle blending they have made gorgeous backgrounds. Love those Creative Expression Rustic Bird stamps,

I know some of the ladies were not that happy with their initial results but as we learn by our “mistakes” the first one is usually  just to find out what to or what not to do next time and as these are just backgounds once they are chopped up and layered/ made into cards no one is going to notice.

I thought this idea for using the background, which also combines our practice pieces of parchment from our  previous Groovi parchment sessions worked really well

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and no one would know I had messed up the background at all.

I have also found out that Cosmic Shimmer glue is brilliant for sticking parchment in place.

 

 

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