Hello, crafty friends and welcome back. I hinted in my previous post that I might have a special bonus rainbow card for you (even though May is over!) and today I’m going to make good on that promise. 🙂 I’m here today to share this fun and easy technique with you to create your own abstract looking background.
In case you haven’t heard, The Little Paper Treehas been adding loads of new brands of stamps & dies, stencils, inks, and lots of embellishment and crafting tools! I am especially excited about the addition of the company My Favorite Things. They have some really lovely stamps featuring adorable little girls and boys, as well as some playful animals. I also have a lot of their unique dies, stencils and papers. I really enjoy coloring with Copic Sketch Markers, so I am delighted to have fun practicing my skills on this splish-splashy cutie featured in MFT’s Puddle Jumper Stamp.
This was the first time I’ve ever tried this technique – and the background you see here is the ACTUAL practice panel (I’m always harping on about.) That’s how easy the technique is. To start, I chose a variety of colors of Distress Oxides spanning the rainbow spectrum – but with a twist. There are no primary colors here! The colours I chose are meant to reflect, and enhance the abstract paint method I’m going to create. (Also, once you use the baby wipe over the inks, it will soften the colours a small bit.)
I trimmed a panel of Bristol Smooth down to 4” by 5.25” and grabbed my inks, a piece of scrap paper, and an barely-damp baby wipe. Next I used the edge of my inkpad to create a bunch of streaks on my card. I started at either the top or the bottom of the panel dragging (just) the edge of the ink pad up the length of the panel. Because I wanted my colours to be organic and balanced so I made sure to vary the length of each streak but mostly aimed to end my line in, and around, the center of the panel. Constantly changed which colour I worked with, and where I placed them.
Don’t get concerned if your panel looks like a right mess after you finish your streaks! There’s still one little thing to do before it’ll all come together. Hang in there. Trust the process! (See image below for what my panel looked like beforeI used a baby wipe on it.)
Using A Baby Wipe
Now that you have your panel covered with streaks, take an almost-dry baby wipe and gently run it over your streaks (working from the edge toward the center as you do with your ink pad) to blur and soften those lines. Continue to do this until you achieve a nicely blended look. Abracadabra! It works like magic and no two designs will ever look the same!
With the background complete, now to have fun coloring in this little troublemaker! I used Copic Sketch Markers (if you’re interested in what colours I used see the product list below!) to colour the boy’s skin, clothes and hair.
For the umbrella I used a paper piecing technique. All that means is I stamped my umbrella onto a piece of patterned paper from my stash, carefully cut around it, then adhered that to the uncoloured umbrella from the image where I coloured the little boy. Instant patterned clothes, accessories, etc for your enjoyment.
I must admit I almost never use this technique but I really should use it more often! Its quick and easy – and it can really open up a world of possibilities for adding patterns. In my case, I didn’t have a marker that was just the right colour. I didn’t want the umbrella to compete withor get lostamong the backgroundand when I found this paper I felt it worked perfect for the criteria. Bonus: using this method will help you to use up some of that paper you’ve been hoarding over the years…that’s right, I’m looking at you!😉
Stamping & Colouring
For the puddles, I used a stamp from a Hero Arts set I had in my stash. The MFT stamp set that has puddles included (and the sweetest little girl) was out of stock so I couldn’t buy it, but I WILL own that stamp when it becomes available!
I prepped my panel with my powder tool and stamped the sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black before heat embossing with clear embossing powder. I only did this to ensure the sentiment was definitely dark enough and legible over that amazing background.
Finishing The Card
Last thing to do was to adhere the panel to an A2 card base I made from Neenah Solar White and my Fiskars 12” Trimmer. I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops (I’m OBSESSED with them in case you haven’t noticed!) to finish it off. And that’s all there is to it!
Thanks for stopping by the blog today! Head over to the website to buy some of these fab supplies and don’t forget to use TLPTLAURA10 at checkout for a discount.
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Thanks for stopping by…and see Y’all next time! xo
WANT TO FIND THESE SUPPLIES:
MFT Puddle Jumper
Hero Arts Fun in the Rain
Memento Tuxedo Black
Versafine Onyx Black
Tim Holtz Distress Oxides in Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Shaded Lilac
Neenah Solar White
Strathmore Bristol Smooth
Blue Polka Dot Patterned Paper
Goodbye Static Anti Static Powder Bag
Nuvo Crystal Drops in White, Dandelion Yelliw, Ripened Pumpkin, and Caribbean Ocean
Copic Sketch in E57, E55, E53, E50, BV000, R20; R29, R27, R24; C5, C3; B99, B97, B95; B26, B24, B12; C9, C5
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive
3M Foam Tape
Tim Holtz Mini Snips Scissors