Monday, 12 October 2009


I'm still intrigued by the notion that it's possible to create interesting backgrounds by taking colour off rather than putting it on. This time, using the same materials as in my previous post, (Distress Inks and encaustic art card) I wanted to see whether I could make a pattern with the Victoria Cuttlebug embossing folder. I inked up the card as before, and then lightly sprayed the open Victoria folder with plain water on the side with the raised (as opposed to indented) pattern. Then I laid the inked side of the card over the wet side of the folder, closed up the folder, gently smoothed it over and straightaway removed the card before it got too wet. NB. I didn't put it through the Cuttlebug! I blotted it with a piece of kitchen roll and was pleased to see that the pattern had transferred to the card pretty well.

From the patterned card I cut and embossed a Nesties Labels 2. I wanted to put a border around it, but the next size up would have made one too wide. So I coloured around the edge, following the embossed line, with a Promarker instead. Because the lighter areas of the pattern showed through, it gave the effect of a shadow. To complete the card I added a panel of white card embossed with the Victoria folder in the usual way, a few Prima flowers and punched leaves and some sheer ribbon. The sentiment is by Penny Black.


brenda said...

Hi Lynne

Someone after my own heart, love to play with inks.

A similar principl works well with bleach as well - add it to your stamp and stamp onto the inked paper and it lifts the colour.

Great catd anyhow, love the tectures.

B x

Sally H said...

Beautiful card, Lynne! I really need that cuttlebug folder!

craftimamma said...

This is really pretty Lynne and thanks for the 'how to' on the technique you used for the label background. I must have a go at that.

Lesley Xx

lisa said...

Another wonderful technique and something else to do with Cuttlebug folders, is there no end to their limitations!!!! Something else to try tonight, I'll never get to bed at this rate. A beautiful card.


manicstamper said...

That's a lovely technique and a beautiful card.
Thanks for visiting my blog and your lovely comment.

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