Hello again! It’s my turn to host the Hero Arts blog again, and I am very excited. I love all the fun going on here !
This week we are going to focus on backgrounds of all sorts. I will be sharing a bunch of cards throughout the week - each showing a different background technique. And, since one of the things I am currently addicted to is creating video how-to’s, I will be sharing several videos, too!
Today’s video shows a background created using embossed resist. For this technique, you simply stamp an image with Versamark ink and then emboss with clear embossing powder on white cardstock. After heating it, just rub a pigment or chalk ink (I prefer chalk ink) over the image generously and then rub away the excess ink with a babywipe. Viola! The embossed image “resists” the added ink, creating a “ghost-like” image. This is a fun technique to use for backgrounds. The video shows the steps to create the card below.
- DesignBlock Stencil (floral background… also used to stamp on the envelope)
- Solid Flowers Flourish
- Sparkle Clear Love That (greeting)
- Versamark Ink
- Pumpkin Patch Chalk Ink Queue
- ArtPrint Brown Memories Ink
- Clear Embossing Powder
- Summer Flowers
- Pearl Accents
- Cream and Crimson Notecards
- Other: ribbon, mini glue dots, hole punch and white cardstock.
By the way, Hero Arts has new HUGE stamps called “DesignBlock” which are perfectly sized to create backgrounds on notecards. These stamps are made with a high-quality, lighter-weight wood that are much easier to stamp with, resulting in a perfect image every time. I used the DesignBlock Stencil for these cards… it is a favorite of mine and a best seller. They are great for backgrounds on scrapbook pages, too. (HERE is an example of a layout using the DesignBlock Stencil stamp. And HERE is another!) Now… to our challenge…
This week’s challenge is to create a project with a stamped background. It can be a card, scrapbook page or anything - just be sure to create a stamped background and use at least one Hero Arts stamp. I can’t wait to see what you come up with… your projects have been so inspiring each week! Simply submit your entry to the Hero Arts Flickr Group by May 18 at 11:59pmPST and tag it with the code word “background“. (See the FAQ for more on Flickr.) We will pick several winners, and here are some of the great prizes:
1st place: $50 of new Hero Arts stamps + a 2008 catalog
2nd place: $25 of new Hero Arts stamps + a 2008 catalog
3rd place: $10 of new Hero Arts stamps + a 2008 catalog
Thanks for stopping by once again. Be sure to stop by each day this week for more ideas, videos, special guests and surprise prizes. Have a great day!