Saturday, 9 March 2013

Creating a background paper

I wanted to share a technique I learned this week that was new to me.  The background for this paper was created using white linen cardstock, shaving cream (yes, shaving cream) and StazOn re-inkers. 

Firstly I laid down a bed of shaving cream on a glass plate, spreading it out with my palette knife.  The next step was to let little droplets fall from the re-inker bottles into the shaving cream.  My chosen colour scheme for this project was Ultramarine, Mustard and Cactus Green.  I used a meat skewer to move the droplets around until I was happy with the balance of colour.  Any object would work and different things would give different results.  The next part of the process was to press the cardstock down onto the shaving cream to 'print' the inks onto the cardstock.  I then set it aside to dry a little before carefully wiping off the shaving cream and then letting it dry fully.  A little bit of glimmermist spritzed through a stencil, a few splashes of indian ink, trimmed and distressed edges, and I was ready to use it on my layout.

TIP:  if you are going to have a go at this technique may I suggest you use a shaving cream you like the smell of as it tends to linger around ... for quite a while LOL!!! 

I love the finished LO, I hope you do too.  Thanks for looking.