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When I’m cardmaking, I don’t like to see large areas of plain white cardstock! This is one of the reasons I love our Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) as well as our Irresistibly Floral Specialty DSP.
There are various techniques and products that are available to us to create our own patterned backgrounds. Probably the most obvious method is dry embossing then followed by using background stamps with light coloured ink or ink that has been stamped off and also sponging. No doubt other methods have popped into your minds, too.
Yesterday, I used one of my favourite methods of decorating backgrounds for today’s card and that’s stamping “watermarks”. This works beautifully on coloured cardstock, too, tone on tone.
To create today’s card I started with a card base of Whisper White Cardstock (CS) with a layer of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and a top layer of Whisper White CS. This is the layer I did the watermark stamping on.
I used the mini background stamp that’s in the Christmas Pines Stamp Set. I inked it up using my Versamark Pad and carefully stamped all over the layer to make sure I wasn’t left with any “clean” areas. It’s very faint and can be seen a lot better in real life – if you look really closely, you can see it in the last photograph.
I adhered the two layers together using Tombow and then adhered them to the card base. Unfortunately, I was somewhat heavy handed with the Tombow. I put the card under a heavy weight to make sure the Tombow adhered the glitter surface to the Whisper White layer properly. While I was waiting for that to dry, I carried on with the rest of the card.
I did one of each because I wasn’t sure which one I was going to use. I knew I wanted to use JOY because I’d used NOEL so much lately with my Large Letters Framelits! LOL! I reasoned that whichever one I didn’t use would be ready for a future project!
I also die cut the large plain star, the small fancy star, two of the larger small stars and five of the small smaller solid stars – I hope that makes sense!
Then I took the card base out from under the heavy weight and was really disappointed to see that the large amount of Tombow had made my top layer “bubble”. I thought I’d try drying it using my Heat Tool first and it worked a dream! Phew! Lucky!!
I adhered the largest star onto the card base first with Tombow and then used Glue Dots to attach the smaller fancy die on top of it. Finally, I added one of the larger small stars using a small bit of a Dimensional. I laid the JOY below the star, then the NOEL to see which one I liked best – I’m really pleased that JOY did so I adhered it in place using Tombow!
Then I adhered the other larger small solid stamp using a part of a dimensional in the top left-hand corner and added a small star to it using a glue dot. Finally, I added the four remaining stars using Glue Dots.