EASY blended background card Tutorial

IMG_5887.jpgStampin’ Up! UK Independent Demonstrator – Michelle Mills

Those of you who know my style of video will not be surprised at what went wrong in this video. I contemplated not uploading it but wanted to show you guys that, even when things don’t go to plan, you should carry on. Even if you don’t love the outcome you will still have created something to be proud of!

I started this video by taking a piece of grapefruit grove cardstock and cutting it in half, this becomes your card base. I then folded that and ran my bone folder across the fold. I cut a piece of photo paper to 5.6″ x 4.1″ which became the card front. In hindsight I wish I had cut this slightly smaller and mounted it to another piece of card stock before attaching to the base, but I’ll tell you why in a short while.

Starting with my lightest ink pad (pineapple punch) I used a Stampin’ Up! sponge, cut into 1/8s, to apply the ink in a circular motion. Because of working on photo paper which has a porous surface I found the ink didnt spread as well as I would have liked so I attempted to use liquid glycerine (something I tend to use on cardstock) but that didn’t create the blended look that I required. So I used a spritz to add some water to the ink and that worked a treat.


Once happy with the background I stamped the tree image, from the rooted in nature stamp set, with Stazon ink and stamped about half an inch from the bottom of the paper. I then used the corner of the ink pad to give an effect of mountains at the bottom of the page.

The cloud effect was created with a sponge and some white Stampin’ Up craft ink and the sentiment stamped with the same black stazon ink. 

As always you can view the video for this at the bottom of this page. Thanks for reading.

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