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.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Backgrounds Only ATC Swap Part One

   I almost didn't join this swap. I couldn't imagine for the life of me why I would want to receive ATC's that were only backgrounds. What would I do with them? I couldn't use them on any of my ATC's...they wouldn't really be mine. Then I started thinking a little more about it. You were to write on the back how they were made. Not a bad idea. I could learn something new! So I jumped in. I'm glad I did. I had so must fun. Usually I'm working on something. I am directed towards getting it done. This was a great opportunity to just play around in my studio.


 Paste Paper

   This is a lot of fun. You will need to make this in an area that you can spread out in. You can't make just one sheet of paper. You get quite a few. They will take overnight to dry so make sure you have an out of the way place to put them in. In a medium saucepan Put 2 1/2 cups of water, stir in 1/3 cup of cornstarch. Cook over low heat until it thickens. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Add pigments to color and use immediately. Apply to paper and while still wet use foam stamps or other objects to give texture or patterns.

Wax Paper Batik

   Crumple wax paper repeatedly. Un-crumple and iron between parchment paper onto white card stock. After paper cools apply dye ink onto card stock. Wipe off excess ink. For this I first used a tan dye ink and then after wiping that off I applied a blue dye ink. I think this looks a lot like leather.

White Glue Resist

   Glue a colorful magazine picture to card stock and allow to dry. Using white glue draw or dribble a design on the paper. After glue is dry, using Never Dull rub until color is removed from magazine picture leaving behind the glue design. Paint or color and while still wet quickly rub paint off glue design allowing magazine picture to show through.


Jan Gray

   Jan created this background using homemade Glimmer Mists. She spritzed them on in various colors and after they dried she stamped the black items using stazon ink and using a silver ink pad she stamped the key.
Beautiful background Jan. If you are wondering how she made the homemade Glimmer Mist this is the recipe that she graciously shared with me. I am sure that she won't mind me sharing it with you.

Home Made Glimmer Mist

Metallic paint from the craft section. 
Just enough to cover the bottom of a small spray bottle.
Then add rubbing alcohol. 
Shake and use.

Dina Greer

   Dina created this background by using watercolors on a coffee filter. Then she glued it to the card stock using Mod Podge. Great background Dina, I will certainly use this technique sometime. 

Kristi Johnson

   Kristi created this background using alcohol inks making something called Polished Stone. The instructions are long so Kristi gave them in the first comment below. Thank you, Kristi! It is so much prettier than the picture shows.

Thanks ladies for the beautiful ATC's. I will use them like recipe cards. Be sure to come back sometime soon for the next installment "Background Only Part Two", 

Take Care



  1. Hey Kathy... so sorry I didnt include the How To part. Somehow I missed that part of the directions, I think. You need high gloss card stock & alcohol inks with some blending solution & a blending tool. Put some blending solution on the tool then add your chosen colors (i usually do 3 complementary ones). then apply to glossy CS in random fashion, covering as much of the white space as you wish (i cover it all). while you are applying, sorta twist the tool to give you that blurred look. And, bc I like shinmer, I added a splattering of "pearl" (in same fashion) to the top once it was dry.

  2. Wow, that technique with the glue and removing the color from around it is awesome. Had never seen that before. Will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thank you for all these wonderful background ideas. I have a question about the homemade glimmer mist. The directions call for ruing alcohol. Is that a typo for rubbing alcohol or is is there something I don't know about? Well, I am sure there is plenty I don't know about. That is why I am always learning! :-)