Welcome! I started this blog because I love to craft. I dabble with scrap booking, and card making. I love bending, folding and tweaking paper. I try other crafts, too. I hope to share some projects with you.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Background Only Part 2

   A few weeks ago I joined a swap called Backgounds Only. I really didn't see why I would want backgrounds only until I thought about it more. Than I realized that it would be a great way to learn how to make backgrounds that I didn't even know existed. I had so much fun that I couldn't resist joining another. This is Backgrounds Only Part 2.


   This background was created by grating crayons. Yes, crayons, using a cheese grater from my kitchen. I grated various colors of crayons onto white card stock. Then I laid a piece of wax paper over it and ironed it between a folded piece of parchment paper. This whole project was a real mess but so much fun! The grated crayons got all over everything and the melted crayons ran all over my ironing board. I had so much fun playing like a kid once again. Isn't that what art is supposed to be?


   One day this summer I took my Wizard die cutter out on the porch and using the embossing pad and flowers I made this background. I made many backgrounds that day by running fresh flowers through my Wizard. I was glad that I done it outside because it was a bit messy with crushed flowers and juice all over the place. I found the others beautiful but this interesting. This started out as Scarlet Bee balm. It's a flower with a thick dark center. The juice from the center stained the paper brown and as it dried the scarlet faded. It made me think of an old faded wallpaper from years ago. I sprayed it with copper Perfect Pearls. I chose this one to send into the swap.


   This background was created by using masking fluid. Using a brush or nib draw an image onto paper. After it dries using watercolors or other medium paint over the image. When the paint is dry using your fingertip rub off the masking fluid. 


Christine (from England)
Christine's comment is the first one below. She left a link telling how she made her background.

Sue Spencer
Spray Webbing

Kathy Scholl
Separated paper napkin glued onto card stock

   These are lovely backgrounds. Thanks so much ladies!
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  1. Being a child again must be why I am enjoying ATC creating so much!
    Love the way you created your backgrounds, especially the wax crayon........ will have to try that one.

    Details for my background can be found here:-

  2. Love your backgrounds, Kathy - I think the masking fluid one is my favorite. I always enjoy reading about how you created your cards!