Thursday, January 8, 2009

Create an Interesting Background for your Scrapbook pages or Cards


It's amazing what can happen when you take a moment to 'play' with your stamps!  I was in a slump last week, hadn't stamped in a while due to the holidays, travel, and party commitments... and needed to get back in the groove. 

Having received several new preview stamp sets from the Spring/Summer Collection 2009, I was somewhat desperate to put stamp to paper and simply 'create'.... but it just wasn't coming to me.  (Don't you hate when that happens?). 

By now, you probably realize that your Basic Black Classic Ink Pad will stamp somewhat 'purple' in appearance when it needs to be re-inked.  It also stamps purple when you smear it... or in this case twist 'n schmear it!   Yes, I know that's not really a word... it's more of a technique.


Using Stampin' Up! Glossy Card Stock and the long 'stem' image from the new Petal Pizzaz stamp set, I inked the stem with Basic Black Classic ink and placed my fingers in the middle of the long narrow wood block.  Putting the inked stamp to paper, I spun or twisted the image onto the glossy card stock which resulted in this fun free flowing background!  Isn't it amazing how the black ink turns purple? 

If you look to the far left in the photo, you can see where I tried to repeat a twist, dragging the black ink into the purple... not pretty.  It's really better to lift, re-ink and begin a new twist if you are going to try this at home!

Now... what on earth can be done with this new and fun technique?  It would make an excellent contemporary background for a card or scrapbook page... but changing up the color a bit, look what else may be done:


Using Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink from Stampin' Up! I did the same twist 'n  schmear technique, and then stamped over the dried ink schmear with Basic Black Classic Ink and the butterfly image from the Flores Suaves Stamp Set.

Kind of a quick and easy way to color in that butterfly, isn't it!

Next, I'll cut the butterfly out with my Paper Snips and use Dimensionals to pop the butterfly up on a simple and sweet card... perhaps one with a purple and black background?  We'll see!



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