Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Growing In Unity Day 2

Welcome back to day 2 of my week as a GIU gal. Today I am going to share one of my go to background techniques. It's kind of similar to the technique I shared yesterday, only you use a stencil with the distress ink, instead of a stamp. I learned it from the Tim Holtz blog and use it often.


Gather supplies. I used Whooty and the sentiment from Harrison Hedgehog


I didn't want my background to be stark white, so I began by inking my entire piece of watercolor paper with a light earth tone color.


Then I began layering the various inks, lightest to darkest onto my stencil. I use the lightest color all over and purposefully places the rest of the colors, using the darkest as an accent.


Get out your handy dandy spritzer and lightly mist. Too much water will wash away ink or make it all pool tougher, giving it a muddy look and you'll lose the definition of the stencil, so go lightly.


Place on top of paper. You're basically stamping the paper with the inked up stencil.


Press down with a clean paper towel. This mops up extra ink that pushes through the holes in the stencil.


Seal in the colors by setting with a heat tool.


I stamped the owl twice as I wanted to add some fiber under him, but over the branch. I'll cut out the colored owl.


I cut out the colored owl and popped him up in place on my colored background rectangle. I added a couple of burlap end threads under his claws.


The finished card! I love the cool effect this background gives.

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57 comments:

ionabunny said...

You are right, very cool. Love your finished card. Hugz

Cindy Moser said...

Love this! A must try for me. Thank you!

Meg Crawford said...

What a great background for this little owl! Very cool!

Tammy said...

Love your card, I love woodgrain, never tried watercoloring woodgrain before thanks for the cool idea. Tfs hugs Tammy

Stephanie said...

Super cute! I have this stencil & I'll definitely be trying this technique!

Bri said...

These colors are wonderful, the blue really makes the owl pop. Very nice texture use, too!!

Jennifer Scull said...

the bg you have created is perfect for the cutey owl! love your card! :)

Sher said...

OMGosh! I just love this! Super, super cute! Hugs, Sharon

alyson esposito said...

What an amazing card! I really like the technique and will try it with my stencils. Thank you for the inspiration

Amy Ismail said...

Your techniques are really cool. I can't wait to see the other projects.

Helen Mazengarb said...

Love your card and the owl stamp, thanks for sharing

Jan Vint said...

That's a great technique, and I love the cute little owl! Happy Valentine's Day!

chickapotamus said...

amazing work, as always! love the effect of layering the two stamps!

Daisydo said...

I love the dimension and texture you give to your cards.

Gretchen said...

Beautiful card! Love the stamping stencil technique. I use it often as well - such great effects! :)

Nana Donna said...

I love it I am going to have to give it a try

Tammy L. Sexton said...

I love this card. It's a hoot.

Naomi said...

Thank you for sharing this awesome technique! It is so inspiring to see others show steps/how to make a background in such a unique way! Very pretty card!

Denise Hartley said...

I am always looking for good ideas for guy's cards. This is great for that especially with the burlap. A different stencil and some lace could be very girly so it's very versatile. NICE!

Beth F. said...

Oh wow! This card is awesome! Great job.

Tonya Moore said...

I love this woodgrain technique. I have many horse/barn pictures to scrapbook and I can see this coming in very handy. I love how your card has dimension, layered, fibers, etc. Inspirational.

Cynthia said...

Great technique. Thanks for sharing!

Denise S. said...

Great look. I love nature in the designs.

Robyn Jordan said...

I love this! The woodgrain is such a great touch for the little owl
and all the elements you used just brings it all together <3
Beautiful card :)

Pam said...

What a darling creation and another great tutorial.

Dana Johnson said...

This card is amazing!

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

Lovely card, and background Thanks for sharing.

Tara Robinson said...

Amazing card

Swimmom said...

Very nice! Thank you!

Valerie said...

Another great technique! Thanks for sharing. I'll have to give some of these a try. I have all that stuff. I just don't always think to use it!

ccheney said...

Love this idea! I will have to try it...cute card! thank you for sharing

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Wow, that is a cool BG effect. Love this card. Being a birdie lover, it really speaks to my heart. Lovely design, too.

Wilma said...

simply awesome

kahaulani said...

Fabulous card,love it and thank you for the step by step!!

Vencine Martin said...

i love your background! nice job. The burlap makes it!

Shannon Edwards said...

Would you say a spritzer is worth buying, or could you flick water with the same effect?

Amber said...

This is SO RAD! I love that little owl - and I love the tutorial you gave!!

Lisa Burke said...

Great technique - I never learned that before AND love the owl and sentiment. Day 2 Rocks!

Veronica said...

I REALLY need to get THAT spritzer for it does seem to give the fine mist you need. Another great card and technique!!

alo said...

Love this card and your technique!!

Victoria Wright said...

Love this owl....another great design to try. ..thanks

Gina Furman said...

Interesting technique. I've not used stencils before, but this seems simple enough. Thanks for the pictures!

Linda Pekrul said...

Incredibly cute card! I LOVE the technique!

Tanya K said...

Great techniques! I love the owl.

Tanya K said...

Great techniques! I love the owl.

Becky Heidrich said...

Love the layering. Love the owl stamp you used.

Sheryl said...

Love that it looks like a can-do technique. Cute card, thank you for the tutorial!

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Wood you be mine... how fantastic! The owl is a bonus, and super cute!

Wendy said...

Really cute & a great background effect! I L ❤️ V E Your clever use of burlap strings in the owl's claws!

krich said...

Whoooooooamazing! Great card.

Tammy V said...

The background is very interesting. It really makes this card. :)

sharon g said...

Cool idea to do it the opposite way. I'm learning a lot from you ladies...

D Hill said...

That is a neat technique, I will have to try it. Cute card!

Kathryn said...

The burlap really enhances the focal element of your card. Thanks for sharing.

Beckiejo said...

Cool background!

Karen Kondrick said...

The burlap looks awesome!

Lisa :) said...

This is so neat! Never would've thought to put the burlap under his claws, how cool!