Monday, October 20, 2008

Creating Backgrounds - PART 7 - PAINT

FIRST OF ALL - will you vote? I entered a contest and the last phase to decide the winners is a vote of the craftying community. Can you take a minute to go look at the great projects and cast a vote? Thanks!!!
JustRite Self-Inking stamps contest

For a creative and fun background, I am using stamping and paint. What makes this a fun technique is you can custom color a piece of paper and I love the feel and texture that paint adds to paper. This just provides a little different look to the finished card. #1. I again started with a plain piece of white cardstock. That was stamped with a "dot" background stamp. I know I have used this before but I really love this thing! It is just so versatile. Mine is from Stamp Camp and I know that Cornish Heritage Farms has one that is very similar. Mine is an unmounted rubber stamp that I use with an acrylic block. I stamped it with the black ColorBox stamp pad and then embossed it with black embossing powder.
(The reason I embossed my image is that I wanted the dots to really stand out against the next step and the embossing will resist the paint.)
#2. Next, the red paint was brushed across the stamped and embossed dots. This is fast and simple. I went outside of the lines of my image too because I am going to cut it to size to use it.
#3. Once the entire surface is painted, you should only wait a few minutes before you start rubbing the paint off of the embossed design. I just take a soft cloth or a Kleenex and gently rub it off. The paint might even still be slightly wet in some areas. You might need to use some added pressure to completely buff the paint off of each dot. Here is the finished project.
You might be wondering what my accent flower creation is! I have a friend who shared some really cool flower pieces cut from an old dictionary! (If you take a look at her blog you will tons of amazing examples of using these cut flowers) I did paint the largest, bottom flower with Sparkle, Mod Podge but that is a little hard to see in the photo. I knew that would slightly stiffen that layer and add some bling.
You can see the layers a little better in this photo. I inserted punched out red cardstock circles between the dictionary flower layers to add some stability and it also helps define the layers of flowers.

Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)


Materials list:
Solid Cardstock
Dot stamp – Stamp Camp
ColorBox Black stamp pad and Top Boss embossing powder – Clearsnap
Red paint – Making Memories
Circle punches – McGill
Word stickers – Sticko
Button and cut flowers


  1. Oh, I really like this!
    I'm gonna try it out :)
    I don't use paint much, but I think it's cause I don't really know what to do with it.
    This gives me something to start with!
    I love those layered flowers too...they are so fun to make!

  2. oh wow!!! these are wonderful!! thanks for inspiration :)

  3. Oh Linda this is an amazing card and my favourite colour too!! Thanks for the mini tut it's so great of you to share and oh boy that paper flower is the bizz... I will have to pop over to your friends blog and check that out. TFS
    Hope you are well
    Chris xx

  4. Hi Linda great pix for us and i do sooo love that stamp and hey the flower using printed paper is wonderful.
    chriss x

  5. Your travel book is wonderful... I just went over & voted. Hope you come home with the grand prize!! :)

  6. I love that stamp, love the raised dots. So cool. I also love the verses below about worry.

  7. Fun way to create your own backgrounds, thanks for sharing this tip.

  8. What a cool technique! I just love that dictionary flower!

  9. I absolutely love the flower and the background is just too cool!


  10. Oh wow - totally fabulous!! Beautiful card - best of luck with the contest! :)

  11. Wow! I really love this, it's beautiful!

  12. Oh I love this one!!! I think I am going to need to pick your brain for good techniques for my upcoming articles!!! Got any spare time to chat???

  13. Well, you've certainly done it again. Amazing technique! Seriuosly, is there anything you can't do? lol! :) Have a wonderful week.

  14. Wow! Your travel book is just gorgeous! I put in my vote for it, Linda!

    Also, I just LOVE what you did with the die cut flowers! I *can* actually see the sparkle Mod Podge on it, and it must look beautiful IRL! Beautiful work as always!

    Good luck with the contest!

  15. What a fun technique, Linda! I really need to break my stamps out more often. They've kind of become forgotten. Love, love your finished card. That dictionary flower is wonderful.