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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Custom Made Backgrounds

I am having a wonderful time at the moment creating some really cool backgrounds with some metallic pigments and ink. My Aunt is visiting from QLD and has brought her Cuttlebug with her and I have been embossing scraps of card stock before she goes.

From the plain embossed card stock I turn it into a shimmery metallic finish by mixing a small scoop of Perfect Pearls (copper and blue patina)and a full dropper of Ranger Distress Ink (Tea Dye and Old Paper) and mixing them in mini misting bottles. I shake it well and spray onto the card and then dry it off with my heat tool.

The colour combinations with these pigments and inks is endless and the finished product can be a feature or a background, scrunched, torn or cropped. To bring out the high relief you can also rub the top gently with another ink pad or sponge.

It is hard to see the coppery glint in the photograph but it adds another dimension to other things too like the key detail which is a cut out from plain black card. Using the same treatment "antiques" the key and adds a very subtle aged effect and patina to plain cardboard.


  1. WOW - that looks wonderful. What amazing gadgets you have. Sounds like you might need to plan a trip to the sunshine states to visit your Aunt and her Cuttlebug (I'm off to google what it is now) soon.

  2. hmmm - I've heard Cuttlebugs are addictive - handle with care !


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