I had the thought that Designs by Ryn's new beautiful Spiral Branch would make a nice background for a Christmas design. And then I saw Bianca created a beautiful Christmas card using it, which you can see here at this post. She inspired me to almost immediately create this card :) I've also included a tutorial on how I created the background.
|Click for a larger photo|
The background was created with Broken China, Mowed Lawn and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink using the Acrylic Block Technique (but I used a small plexi glass sheet). I did all the stamping with Cobalt Blue Archival Ink. I coloured the leaves with several Gelly Roll pens, two are sparkly. I used Sapphire DI around the edges. I die cut the flowers that have a snowflake shape from white cardstock and coloured by blending Distress Inks over them.
Stamps: Designs by Ryn, Spiral Branch
Chocolate Baroque, Bold Christmas Words
Dies: Crealies, CL CF 18
I promised to create a tutorial using Distress Inks with an Acrylic Block, so I've taken photos of the steps. I apologize for the quality of the pictures, it's hard to work with one hand and photograph with the other. I don't have a tripod and probably a video would be better.
Here are the steps I took to create the background:
|I use the plexi glass plate as it gives me a bit more room for ink|
|Add ink direct from ink pad to the glass plate (or acrylic block)|
|I've placed a large sheet of white cardstock under the glass just for photograph purposes so you can see the ink (NOTE: I am NOT using a Gelli plate here)|
|Here you can see I've misted the ink|
|I've placed my cardstock on the glass with the wet ink and I move it around a little|
|I've turned it over so I can see the ink (but you don't have to, if you like a surprise)|
|Again I move the glass sheet around a little to spread the ink|
|I've removed the glass plate|
|Dry with a heat gun (or air dry)|
|When dry, I added the remaining ink that was left on the plate which will give a splatter look (similar to the wrinkle free technique using your craft mat). If you don't want splatters or drip marks, skip this step.|
|I've used all the ink that I had on the plate, I could have added more at the start. I want more ink around the parameter and decide to add more Broken China Distress Ink with the glass plate|
|I add the ink to the plate and mist again|
|I've placed the cardstock onto the plate and move around the parameter|
|I've turned it over to see what I'm doing :)|
|I remove the plate, dry and trim to the size I want to work with|
Glenda, the owner of Chocolate Baroque has posted informative tutorials at their website. She included a great lesson using the acrylic block with various inks and you can see it here.
Below is a close up of the finished card.
Thanks for visiting and enjoy your weekend,