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Tried a couple of background effects

Hi there

I tried two different backgrounds over the past couple of days and thought I would share how they turned out.

The first was using distress inks and altering them with water, then spraying your stamp with water which draws the colour off the page to leave a white mark where you stamped. It was interesting to do. On that background I decided to stencil some butterflies and flowers with modelling paste and then put the word “Wish” because I wish I was as free as a butterfly somedays.

The second background technique was using mists and salt. My daughter and I both like the effects of this background. I was not so happy about what I put on top of the beautiful background, LOL.. Stamp was Suzi Blu, and I finally got out my watercolour pencils and added water. Wow, I didn’t realise what fun watercolour pencils could be, even though I hate the big writing at the top of the page. Oh well it is all experimental. The background, basically is spray mists over your page then drop salt all over the page before it dries. Once dry, brush the salt off. I have posted my AJ page using this method. Also posted just the background that my daughter made. The backgrounds all turn out differently because of the effect of the salt and of course using different colours.


and my daughter’s background….


Full details and great instructions can be found at Balzer Designs