Here are some more fun techniques for creating backgrounds.  Again, many of them can be done using inexpensive items you already have!

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Row 1: Rubber Bands, Spritzed, Tissue Paper, Balloon Textures, Balloon Textures
Row 2: Bubbles, Dripping Ink, Faux Quilting, Salt, Textured Placemats

Rubber Bands

  • Rubber bands in various thicknesses
  • Acrylic block or block of wood
  • Ink pad

Randomly wrap rubber bands around the acrylic block or block of wood.  Use different thicknesses in both directions.  Press rubber banded block onto the ink pad and then stamp randomly on card stock.

Spritzed Backgrounds

  • Walnut inks, Glimmer Mists
  • Ink refills
  • Spray bottles
  • Perfect Pearls or Pearl Ex powders

If making your own spritzes, fill spray bottles with inks or other solutions.  Spray onto card stock.  Let dry.

Tissue Paper

  • Plastic cup
  • White glue
  • Water
  • Brush
  • Squares of tissue paper (approximately 1 inch in size)

Place glue in plastic cup.  Add water to thin the glue so that it can be easily brushed.  Brush diluted glue onto a small area on the surface of the card stock.  Place a tissue square and brush over the top with the diluted glue.  (This is basically a decoupage technique.)  Repeat with more tissue squares, overlapping to create a random pattern.  Let dry.

Balloon Textures

  • Balloons
  • Popcorn, rice, seeds, etc.
  • Ink pad

Fill the balloon with whatever material you’ve collected.  Tie it closed.  Press the balloon onto the ink pad and then stamp randomly on card stock.

Experiment!  Depending upon how you hold or squeeze the balloon you will get different effects.

Bubbles

  • Flat container such as a sandwich container
  • Children’s soap bubbles
  • Ink refills
  • Straw

In a flat container, mix soap bubbles with ink.  Using the straw, blow into the solution creating a mountain of bubbles.  Place card stock onto the bubbles.  Remove and blow on any bubbles remaining on the surface of the card stock.  Let dry.

Experiment!  The more ink used, the darker the color.  Let card stock dry and repeat using a coordinating color.  This is also a great way to use up left over printer ink or acrylic paints!

Dripping Ink

  • Ink refills
  • Water in spray bottle
  • Pan or tray to catch the drippings

Place card stock in pan.  Spritz card stock with water.  Drip ink over the card stock.  Let dry.

Experiment!  The more water used, the more dramatic the results.  This is also a great way to use up left over printer ink!

Faux Quilting

  • Several patterns of patterned card stock or paper cut into 1-1/4 inch squares
  • Adhesive backed paper (5 inches by 3-3/4 inches)
  • Stitching stamps
  • Coordinating color ink pad
  • Coordinating card stock (5-1/4 inches by 4 inches)

Remove backing from adhesive paper.  Position squares of patterned card stock or paper with edges touching to create a “quilt”.  When entire area is covered, using a coordinating ink color, stamp stitching on the “seams”.  Mount on coordinating color card stock.

Salt Backgrounds

  • Plastic cup
  • Water color paints in a tube
  • Water
  • Brush
  • Water in spray bottle
  • Salt in shaker

Squeeze a small amount of paint into the cup.  Add water to make a wash.  Spritz card stock with water.  Using brush, generously brush paint wash over the entire area.  Sprinkle with salt.  Allow to dry.  Brush off salt.

Experiment with different size salt crystals and spritzing water before or after applying paint wash.  The more water used, the more dramatic the results.

Textured Placemats

  • Placemats with textures
  • Crayons
  • Waxed paper
  • Iron

Peel paper off crayons. Place card stock on top of textured placemat, Using the side of the crayon, rub across card stock to pick up texture of the underlying placemat. Put card stock between wax paper and iron.

Experiment! Look for other textures. You can also do this technique with cotton balls rubbed on stamp pads and then across the card stock.

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