Sunday, October 5, 2008

Creating Backgrounds PART 5 - Emerging Color & "give away" winners

First order of business today is to announce the
winners of my little "give away"!!!
Congrats to:
Kimberly A. & Cassie
I have emailed each of you and thank you so much to all of you amazing gals who played along. It was sooooo hard to just not pick everyone!

The background technique I wanted to share with your today is called "emerging color". I don't think I had really paid any attention to this until I found it on Ashley Bowen's blog, Ashley's Creative Corner. Her example is just stunning and I knew right away that I had to figure out what she did. She points crafters to a tutorial at SplitCoast Stampers, so that is where I got my information of what to do. I wanted to break down the steps I took to create my card because this kind of a technique is better understood with pictures.
The biggest trick to this technique is trying to figure out what stamps to use to make it work. You need at least two stamps that are going to somehow coordinate and one of them needs to have a rather large, flat surface. So, you need a stamp or stamps to create your background with small stamps and then you need another stamp that can be stamped over the small, background images.
#1. I stamped my branch stamp by inking it with the Marvy stamp pad and I spritzed that each time with the fine mist of water so that my stamped image had a watercolor look. The watercolor effect was just the look I wanted, not something that would be required.
#2. I inked my solid pear stamp with the Watermark stamp pad and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I pretty much filled up my paper with the yellow, branch stamp that way wherever I stamped my pear, there would be plenty of leaves underneath it. I decided on where I would want my pear to be on my paper and stamped it once.
( If you look real close, you can see the clear, embossed pear in the above image. This has to be done with the clear ink and embossing powder because you want the underneath images to show through in the end.)
#3. Now I took my red stamp pad and rubbed it directly across my stamped paper and across my clear, embossed pear. You can see where the term "emerging" comes from as the clear pear and the underneath stamped leaves instantly are revealed. There would be other ways to apply the stamp pad ink, I rubbed the pad directly to my paper until it was colored with a solid coat of the red ink.
#4. After you have completely colored the paper with your color, take a soft cloth or Kleenex and whip the ink off of the clear, embossed image. If effect, you are polishing it.

I added a few other stamped images to my finished card.
This close up gives you an idea of how dramatic the finished work is.
Thank you for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Materials list:
Cardstock – Prism
Broad leaf stamp – Paper Source
Solid pear stamp – Stamp in the Hand
Flourish stamp – Crafty Secrets
Border punch – Martha Stewart
Watermark stamp pad and clear embossing powder – Clearsnap

Ancient Page stamp pad in Henna - Clearsnap
Brilliant Yellow stamp pad – Marvy


  1. Very cool! Thanks for the tutorial.

  2. excellent, thanks for sharing Linda :)

  3. Stunning result!! thanks for the step by step.

  4. Wow! Seriously, how do you come up with this stuff! Thanks for teaching us!

  5. Thanks for the instructions. Cool technique.

  6. Wow! What a great tutorial, Linda! Your card is stunning! I love how the first image just reveals itself after all the inking at the end! Thanks for sharing this awesome technique...I'll have to see if I have any stamps that will work with this technique!

  7. This is very cool Linda!! You stampy stamper you!

  8. Hi, Linda! What a cool effect! I just might have to try it out! :-)

  9. what gorgeous colors! I've never tried this technique. I'm going to pull out some stamps and give it a try this week. thanks for the tutorial!!

  10. Oh my goodness Linda...that is so neat!! Look at you getting all technique-y!! Hee hee!


  11. Thanks for the instructions.What a cool effect!I will try it too.
    Hugs Anja

  12. Hi Linda, thank you for visit. You can use yahoo babelfish translater on
    my right side. It's not so good, but better than nothing.*g*
    Good night,