Tuesday, September 2, 2014

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Beautiful Backgrounds, Part 2

Last week, we introduced our new Beautiful Backgrounds collection by Inky artist Nancy Baier. You saw how these lovely 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" cling mounted stamps can be used in a variety of ways: Start by stamping with black ink, and then decide if you want to color with your favorite media, "spotlight" portions of the image with color, or leave the whole image uncolored to provide a background design that offsets other elements on the card. Or start with an inked piece of cardstock, and heat emboss the black ink with clear powder to give the design a glossy finish.

Today's first few projects continue with the concept of heat embossing but take it in different directions. For example, you can create an elegant tone-on-tone look by using a VersaMark ink pad and clear powder on colored cardstock, such as in this simple yet striking teal, white, and black card:

A coordinating strip from CLS-003 Sm. Blooms & Butterflies Strips Cling Mount Set that has been stamped and then embossed with white powder adds contrast and draws your eye around the card. The sentiment, which is from 11254MC Script Sentiments #2 Clear Set (or 6511G in wood mounted), is a personal favorite that I'd saved for months and couldn't wait to add as a stamp.

Want to make that CLB-004 Garden Flowers Background Cling Mount Stamp have a totally different appearance? Take a look at how it's shown here:

It's embossed again, but this time with white powder that serves as a resist for Distress Inks applied with a blending tool...wow, what a difference, huh? I just love the versatility of these stamps!

Here is the exact same technique with another image (CLB-005 Tropical Background Cling Stamp) and sentiment (1254MC Script Sentiments #2 Clear Set or 6404E in wood mounted) from this collection, and a smaller range of colors:

Not in the embossing mood at the moment? What about applying different colors of ink onto the rubber with sponge daubers and then stamping:

The watercolored sky background and vellum sentiment overlay lend a soft touch to this pretty card. (Do you recall last week's yellow bird card? Such a contrast!)

Or you can go bold...start with the same multi-colored ink sponging method, or use a rainbow pad as shown below, but fill in the background areas with a black marker:

(It's another big change from our previous example using CLB-003 Leaves Background Cling Stamp.)

Which technique from today and last Tuesday do you like best, Inky friends? Leave a comment letting me know your favorite, and you'll be entered in a BLOG CANDY drawing to win a prize from this collection.

On Sunday, September 7th, I'll randomly choose the winner and post the lucky person's name here on the blog, so please check back to see if you've won!


stamping sue said...

I'm a fan of white embossing then adding color.
these samples this week are terrific.
stamping sue

Linda R. said...

Wow! These are really great. I love the tone on tone. Can't wait to try that one!

Jennifer Scull said...

all of these are gorgeous, but I think I like the spotlighting technique from last week the best. some great ideas to try out! :)

Sue D said...

On last Tuesday I like the spotlighting technique and today I like the emboss resist technique.

Denise Bryant said...

I love the white embossed design, colored with Distress inks shown today! From last week, I really liked the butterfly card that was cut into sections!

Mary-Anne V said...

Thanks for two days of great projects with these new background stamp...it was like a little technique tutorial. I really liked the spotlighting technique and would love to try it with what I have at home. Thanks for the inspiration.

Diana N. said...

I love the tone on tone effect that Versa Mark and clear embossing powder give you.

Diana N. said...

I love the tone on tone effect that Versa Mark and clear embossing powder give you.

Katie said...

I really liked the spotlighting technique with the pinecone and flowers from Part I. And I also really liked the rainbow pad and black marker card in Part II. Lots of really neat ideas. :) I looked at the backgrounds again and can't figure out which one is my favorite. Thanks for sharing.

Katie B.

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