Monday, October 13, 2008

Creating Backgrounds PART 6 - Collage

I love a collage look. Some stamp companies offer stamps that are a collage of images on the one stamp and I love those, but I also like to create my own collages. The background I am going to share with you today is really an extremely simple one, it is just an assortment of six images and an assortment of fall colors.
#1. In the above photo, you can see that I started with a plain piece of white cardstock again. The first step was to ink the damask image with black ColorBox ink and then it was stamped on the white paper. It was embossed with black embossing powder. The ink in the ColorBox pads is a pigment ink and what that mostly means is that it is an ink that stays wet longer allowing time to pour on the embossing powder, etc. I embossed it because that will make the image a little stronger in color and it will allow it to resist the other supplies that I am going to use on it.
#2. For the next step, I took my "dot" stamp and inked that with the Ancient Page red stamp pad (in the above example I used black ink for the dot image but that was so that it would show up well in the photo so you could easily see what was done). It was stamped so that it would cover the piece of paper, stamping it right over the embossed image. I needed to ink it and stamp that stamp twice to cover the paper. A different kind of ink was used for this stamp because it needed to dry a little faster then the ColorBox ink.
#3. Here is where my favorite sprays came into play again. First of all, the paper and images were given a light coat of the yellow spray, taking care to not completely cover the paper. Next came the red spray, again not covering the paper completely with the red. This gives a nice mix of the yellow and the red.
#4. For the finishing touches, you can see three different stamps that were stamped in a rust colored ink. These are very subtle images, just giving the slight feeling of writing and postmarks. Buttons were sewn on and two lines of zig zag machine sewing provided fun accents along with the big rub-on "B".
You can see where there is a little more red color around the edges of the black damask image. Because this image was embossed, it resisted the inks and sprays. I left this piece so that these would dry but they didn't completely dry and so I took a soft cloth and rubbed the black image dry and that smeared the red ink a little bit.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)
Materials list:
Cardstock – Prism
Dot stamp – Stamp Camp
Damask stamp – Inkadinkado
Postage cancellation stamp – Stampington
Writing stamp – Crafty Secrets
Love and Kisses stamp – RubberStampede
Postmark stamp – Stampington & Co.
Stamp pads – Ancient Page/Clearsnap
Black embossing powder – Top Boss/Clearsnap
Black Colorbox pad – Clearsnap
Yellow and red spray color – Memories Mists
Rub-on letter – Autumn Leaves


  1. wow, this is fantastic Linda!! love that damask stamp :)

  2. Love this piece of work - given me some ideas too!

  3. You always have such wonderful little tutorials, Linda. Another fab card!

  4. Wow... this is a stunning card! Love the technique too! Awesome!! :)

  5. Lovely card. I love the layering and glad you shared with pictures. :)

  6. TOTALLY AWESOME!!!!!!!! I love this one Linda!

  7. LInda - I just love this card. That big flourish stamp is yummy! Love it with the polka-dots! You are the stamping queen!

  8. WOW!!!!! So gorgeous and thank you for the tutorial!!! I have to try this!

  9. brilliant tutorial and an excelent card.
    Where can I buy those 2 main stamps :))
    chriss x

  10. This is so cool Linda, awesome tutorial!!

  11. What fun Linda, I must try this, I love your card so much.

  12. Absolutely fabulous ... the collage style usually intimidates me, but you make it look much easier than I imagined .. gorgeous, simply gorgeous.

  13. your ideas and designs are as fresh and exciting as ever - you're my paper crafting idol :)