Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Honeycomb Background Design

I have been working on more samples for my Technique Nights this week, with the theme of watercolour background techniques. One of my favourite techniques is using embossing folders as stamps. Randomly, I chose the Honeycomb Embossing Folder, thinking it would make an interesting design on the paper when I added ink to it. I wanted a bit of a grunge look for this sample, so I went for inspiration, to someone who is a master of that technique, Stampin' Up!'s Artisan Award winner, Krista Frattin at Stampin' Dolce. While my background is quite different from hers, I got many ideas about the design elements from her great card.

  • I don't use staples very often, but after using them on this project, with the Handheld Stapler, I have to ask myself why? They make adhering elements so easy and no need to try to hide adhesive behind vellum cardstock, just staple the vellum right on, front and center, nothing to hide! And it fits perfectly with that grunge look.
  • I used my Gold Wink of Stella for the first time. It fit with the warm colour scheme I have going here: Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry and Daffodil Delight, with a little Blushing Bride and Basic Black thrown in for good measure! I not only added the Gold Wink of Stella to the butterfly wings (die cut with the Butterflies Thinlits), but I also splattered it on the paper by tapping it against my hand over top of the background.
  • My sentiment, from Butterfly Basics stamp set is stamped on vellum with StazOn ink, which is the ink you need for that job so that it doesn't rub off the vellum afterwards. The vellum is cut using the Banner Tripe Punch.
  • To learn this background technique, if you are in this area, sign up for my Technique Night Classes this week, tonight and tomorrow night. Let me know if you are coming so I can have a packet prepared for you.

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  1. what a stunning card heather, just love how you put a;; the embellishments etc to gether with such oh so delicate colors mary

  2. Thanks, Mary! When you spritz the embossing folder with water after sponging the colours on it, it removes a lot of the colour intensity, and makes the colours more delicate.


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