Monday, 9 March 2009

Hello :o)
Well we start the week of with a mini class making backgrounds which we will use later this week in some more mini projects that I've got coming up.

I've given you all the products that I've used (which are all available at but of course you can use what ever you have to hand ...

We will be using these backgrounds to make a Card, an Inchie or two, An ATC & as part of a scrapbook layout. So plenty of uses ... & I'm sure there are probably plenty more too !
( I made 3x A5 backgrounds)

So let's get started

Background Recipe
Used on all backgrounds shown :
Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Weathered Wood, Faded Jeans,
Tea Dye & Old Paper.
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Walnut Gold (only product not available at ATP)
Distress re-inker in Walnut Stain

To create the initial stage use your selected inks & twist a square of ink on to a craft sheet. Spritz them with plenty of water.Then add a small drizzle of re-inker (this is very concentrated so you won't need a lot.)

Once this has been done to your satisfaction spritz with the glimmer mist to give it a lovely sheen.

Once this is done, you need to leave it to dry or if your impatient like me you can use a craft iron to dry it out (you can use a heat gun but you will need to flatten it afterwards)

Next you will need to select yourself some stamps. For the first background I used the following :
Clarity Stamps Sprig
Crafty Individuals CI-207 Elements Ferns & Grasses ( I love this selection of stamps !)
I also used the Ranger Archival Inks in Jet Black & Sepia to do the stamping with.

Now the trick is to be random with your stamping as you have no idea what you might be doing with the background yet so have fun & enjoy.

Handy Tip : If you wipe an ink pad across a stamp it will give you a softer imager than if you pat it on This of course can be useful for adding a feeling of depth.

Next you get your stickles (I used Cinnamon & Platinum on mine) & very lightly dab onto selected areas of the background.

Background 2:
This time I started off by using Crafty Individuals C!-116 Crackled Stamp with a versamark ink & Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls to create an aged look to the background.

I then used the following selection of stamps :
Crafty Individuals CI-116 Crackled Stamp
Crafty Individuals Music
Clarity Stamps Walnut Tree
Paper Artsy Eclectic Plate 4

I stamped them using Walnut Stain Distress Ink & Ranger Sepia Archival Ink.

Background 3.

This time I used a Tim Holtz Mask from his idea-ology range, It's called Flourish & is fabulous to use .. the effects you can create with these masks are great.
I applied the mask to the background & used the Walnut Stain Distress Ink on a sponge & blended it gently over the mask.

I then used the following Stamps
Crafty Individuals Butterfly Lady CI-108
Crafty Individuals Paris Ticket CI-128
Paper Artsy Minis MN02 The eyes see everything

I hope you've enjoyed having a go at these backgrounds & will be ready when later this week I post the projects that we are going to use them for ....


  1. Wow lovely papers. I think those inks are going on my mothers day wish list or is that a bit cheeky?

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  3. I love the bottom one with the swirl mask- it looks so dramatic in the neutral colours. They are all great, though!

  4. Fantastic - I must have a go at these. I need to buy some of those stamp pads.

  5. Truly fab backgrounds. Love your stamp collection!

  6. Thanks for your comments ladies :D ... Jo it's def' not cheeky to ask for the inks for mothers day ! .. you NEED them lol ;D x

  7. 1000 apologies Minx .. I deleted your comment by accident :( .. You had sent the same one 3 times & in an effort to put just one on I (DUH) deleted all three ... so sorry .. Here is what you posted though :
    fab stuff, love that last example and how the background looks like a moody sky :O)

  8. Simply fabulous! I feel a bookmark coming on for your blog Anneliese! TFS!! x

  9. I'm not into altered art really but having seen your backgrounds and read your techniques I maybe will be adding bits to some of my FH LO's in the future. Thanks for the inspiration.

  10. Love these - I've got some of the glimmer mists that I've only used once (!) so you've defo inspired me to dig them out again! :-)

  11. Thanks for the comment on my blog - I found your backgrounds! They look great. I now have all the gear, and clear instructions. All I need now is a bit of time and I'm definately going to have a go.

  12. Wow I am in awe! This is my first time visit to your blog. I have dabbled with inchies & I am about to make my first twinchies!

    Your tutorial on backgrounds is brilliant. Just what I've been looking for - someone to explain how they are made - not just show finished results.

    Thank you.
    Gez. x


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