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JoanneM
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Posted: 5/5/2003 12:00:45 PM
Share your favourite technique for creating interesting/marbled/textured backgrounds! I'd love to branch out and try some new ideas.
Thanks!
Joanne

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Posted: 5/5/2003 12:18:13 PM
I just tried a really cool one that I learned about in the current Rubber Stamper.
I stipple brushed sweetened condensed milk onto the paper and heated with heat gun and it turned it a carmel brown with lots of texture.
I will definately be using this technique on cards but am not sure it would be a good scrapbook thing.

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Posted: 5/5/2003 9:11:05 PM
I like to paint with the following:
waxed paper: you can put your paint on the wp then fold it in half and smear it around (works really well with coordinating colors ie: pink and red). you can also crumple the wp, dip it into the paint and make a textured background
sponges: I use makeup sponges and seasponges (have big holes in them)
I've heard that you can use tin foil to make a crinkled look, haven't tried it
brayers are a great thing for background paper
those are the ones I use the most often. Waxed paper is my favorite, it is very versatile (and cheap!)
elissa

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Posted: 5/5/2003 9:19:19 PM
I recently tried using rubber bands on a block of wood. You wrap them around the wood randomly, ink them up, and stamp a background. They're really cool.

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Posted: 5/5/2003 10:23:26 PM
Sky scrapper

rubber bands???????? can you post some results please...sounds very interesting!

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Posted: 5/6/2003 3:35:40 AM
Uh oh...I see the price of rubber bands going up soon! RUN and get yours now before the stamping bigwigs figure this out.....lol
Sounds like a cool technique. I might have to try it If I can find a block of wood and rubberbands. I have neither at my house...lol

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Posted: 5/6/2003 6:57:35 AM
Sweetened condensed milk, wow LOL...I wonder who thinks these up? I mean, someone just said, "Hey I think I'll try Eagle brand milk on my card and see what happens when I heat it"...I'm amazed!

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Posted: 5/6/2003 8:59:12 AM
Zoe, I will definitely post some examples of the rubber band backgrounds as soon as I use them again. Unfortunately, I didn't keep a copy of the ones I gave away for Easter.

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Posted: 5/6/2003 12:28:05 PM
Great ideas! Sky Scrapper, I like the rubber band idea...can't wait to see your examples.

I tried one new thing last night that turned out really well. You brayer a rainbow ink on to glossy cardstock, mist it with water, then sprinkle salt on. Let it dry completely then brush the salt off. The salt absorbes some of the colour leaving a really neat background.
Joanne

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Posted: 5/6/2003 1:16:50 PM
I first start with a direct-to-paper technique using Colorbox petal point inks in 3 or 4 colors, smearing them into a blended look. Then I use a background stamp in a darker color over it. Looks pretty cool.

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Posted: 5/6/2003 5:03:15 PM
I'm with Deb....WHO DREAMS UP THESE IDEAS??????

Let me just go rummage thru my kitchen cupboards & see what I can come up with.

Some tea bags...ok that will give me the "aged" look that OH so popular at the moment.

Here are some cracker crumbs & cereal bits that fell out of the box...that will add some texture to my layout.

How about if I smear some of this choc chip cookie I am munching on as I type this one handed...more browns for that antique look.

OK what else does it need??? Hmmm... how about carrot scrapping? I could use them instead of fibres!

YES!! I have the only card that you can snack on!

sorry I am behaving quite badly...

Zoe


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Posted: 5/6/2003 5:13:24 PM
My favorite is Shaving Cream!

I love doing the shaving cream technique whenever I have some extra time and don't have to worry too much about cleaning it up.
All you need to do this is:
sheets of white card stock cut in half (however many you want)
shaving cream (the manly white kind not gel)
dye ink refills**
a disposable metal pan (a fairly big one so that you can really smoosh it)
an old towel
a spatula

Spray the shaving cream into the metal pan, just enough to cover the bottom. Now pick out 2 or more colors on ink and drip them into the shaving cream. Swirl it around like you are going to tie dye Easter eggs. But don't over mix Then place your half sheet of card stock on top of the shaving cream and smoosh it down, careful grab one edge of the card stock and lift it from the shaving cream, use the spatula and scrape the extra shaving cream off the stock. Wipe it with a towel and notice ALL those pretty colors made you a beautiful piece of marbled paper. You can use the same shaving cream over and over until it becomes muddy and add new colors when you notice the others are too light.

Now for my frugal tips.
** Ink refills are expensive, did you know that you can use food coloring instead with the same results?? YOU CAN!! I have done it several times myself.
Posh inks can also be used but are not cheaper.
As for the metal pan. Sometimes when I am in the mood I get Cheese Danish at the Grocery Store and save the pan for that. Shaving cream is completely water soluble so it cleans out of the pan very easily.
I hope that you enjoy this little tip of mine
But I don't know if this is safe for scrapbooks.

I want to be a Buckethead!

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Posted: 5/6/2003 8:41:39 PM
Zoe!
ha that was really funny! you may have just come up with a new trend in scrapbooking/cardmaking: edible pages! lets see you could use rice paper for the background, a little ketchup mixed with barbeque sauce would make a nice patterned background...
any ideas on more "edible art"
elissa

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Posted: 5/7/2003 8:05:31 AM
Last night I used Lumiere paint and applied with a small sponge. I first used one color, then another. After it dried, I used a background stamp with black Stazon ink. After I collaged it a bit, I used white pigment ink and stamped a clock on top of the still exposed background. I was pretty happy with the end result.

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Posted: 5/7/2003 2:07:25 PM
A couple of backgrounds I like to do (one probably wouldn't be suitable for scrapbooks since it uses grocery sacks).

Take some brown grocery sack and wet (only a little) and crumple it. Flatten it out with your hands and let it dry a little, then brush on lumiere paints. I use a couple of colors, and don't mix them, but sort of let them blend at the edges. Sprinkle on glitter. Let dry completely and then iron it flat.

Take some white cardstock, either glossy or regular. Take some spectra tissue and tear off little pieces of it in whatever colors you want. Lay the pieces on your cardstock and then spray them with water until they're soaked. If any pieces fly away, put them back. Let them sit like that (You can put them in a book or something to flatten, or put a few old magazines on top of them) until they're dry. The tissue will fall away and the paper will have taken the dye from the tissue. This only works with tissue that is not colorfast.

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Posted: 5/8/2003 9:33:06 PM
Stamping is a great stress buster glad to have
this new board at two peas. I recently stamped
with a piece of styrofoam it worked like a shadow
stamp.
I have often thought about trying food coloring it
vivid color and we know it's pretty safe, might
be fun to play with.

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Posted: 7/22/2004 12:14:37 PM
Good ideas!

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Posted: 7/22/2004 12:58:15 PM
i need to get out of my rut and try some of these ideas. i haven't even pulled out my lumieres in ages!

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Posted: 7/22/2004 1:04:00 PM
Oh my oh my I am just dying here. I am definitely BOSing this post. I want to leave work run home and start playing with all these wonderful ideas!!! This is a great thread.

And Joy - LOL! Edible art - you might have something going there. Let's see - Didn't get you a birthday cake cause - You can eat this card. Wouldn't that be a hoot!

Annie

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Posted: 7/28/2004 8:44:15 AM
Elmers glue and PearlEx makes a nice background. I mixed some together in a paper cup first (just a little PearlEx), then spread it on white card stock with my finger--had a little bubbling; may need to spread it numerous times or go slower?

Other option is to let that dry (separately I tried both blue and pink), then stamp an image on it--I used Black StazOn--let the image dry (quick)--then I squeezed out some more Elmers on top of the image and sprinkled just a tiny bit of Aztec Gold PearlEx on it--spread it again with my finger--makes a lovely marbled background. And, with all the layers of Elmers, the stamped image has almost a window-cling type look (plasticky, but in a good way!).

Fun to try.

Once I figure out how to post a picture (newbie to Two Peas), I will!

Mary

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Posted: 7/28/2004 7:32:54 PM
Awesome thread!!!

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Posted: 7/29/2004 9:09:42 AM
I've tried filling a balloon with rice (not cooked!) and stamping with it for a background - that looked kind of cool, so then I tried one with macaroni, which was also pretty neat, and then I needed to get out of my food rut so I filled one up with pony beads from the old craft stash, and that was my favorite of all of 'em.

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Posted: 7/29/2004 7:05:02 PM
Cheryl, whatever made you think of doing that? I have to try that. It sounds like such a cool idea.

Daria

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Posted: 7/29/2004 7:25:51 PM
on glossy cardstock, stipple all over with chalk ink. Then buff with a soft cloth. Very pretty.

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Posted: 7/29/2004 7:44:08 PM
I like to marble with chalks.

-Take a shallow pan and fill with an inch of water.
-Scrape up to 3 colors of chalks onto the water's surface with a knife.
-Give ONE swirl with a knife to mix colors.
-Lay CS onto the water and remove. The chalk will stick and be beautiful. I continue to pull chalk out of the water with scraps of CS until chalk is gone.



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Posted: 7/29/2004 7:47:03 PM
Great ideas everybody, I can't wait to try them.

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Posted: 7/30/2004 8:48:14 AM
Daria - long story. About this time last year, I was invited to my first-ever Stampin' Up! party. I knew that everyone else there had been doing this for a long time, and I didn't want to look like a dense-head, so I started doing research on the internet before I went. In my wanderings, I found a list where they had at least one technique for each letter of the alphabet, and for "R" they had "rice in a balloon". Had to try it.

Oh, and the reasearch was highly successful. I learned stuff the demo didn't know.

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Posted: 7/30/2004 11:43:06 AM
Cheryl, Do you still have that list?

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Posted: 7/30/2004 12:12:17 PM
One of the current mags has a pretty BG. They stamped onto white CS using crumpled plastic wrap. They used yellow, then orange, then red, covering the whole surface. Pretty!

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Posted: 7/30/2004 12:37:52 PM
Meghan - I'm having the devil's own time trying to find it on the web - I will check my plethora of folders and binders when I get home and see what I can see there.

It never ceases to amaze me how much "stuff" I've managed to accumulate when I've only been doing this for about a year.

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Posted: 7/31/2004 3:58:50 PM
I current favorite background technique is called Masking Mosaics. Here is where I learned about it
http://stampartsearch.com/cgi-bin/sas.cgi

Basically it's layering strips of regular masking tape on card stock the apply inks with a brayer or sponging. I like to leave slivers of the card stock showing, which absorbs more ink and dries darker than the tape. It does require a drying time. Really cool and great thread by the way.

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Posted: 8/3/2004 6:17:31 PM
Cheryl, thanks for the reply. I'll be watching here for that list too.

TIA
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Posted: 1/7/2005 6:57:37 PM
I like to take a my favorite background stamp and stamp with versamark watermark on a darker paper (wouldn't use much darker than a rust color). It will dry about 1 shade darker than the paper you used. Don't have to emboss or anything.

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Posted: 1/18/2005 9:03:53 PM
Here's a link to the gallery. Check out KristinHolly's wonderful post:

Art Journal Class: Various Background Techniques

ETA 11/29/2012: Kristin's posts are gone. Sorry.

Daria

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Posted: 1/20/2005 6:42:57 PM
just a thought on the rubberband block. use your wood mounted rubber stamp! another rubberband trick is to bind a handfull of rubberbands like a tassle then use it like a stamp. you can leave the ends looped or cut them like a pom pom.

i collected these ideas when i was with an at home stamp company. some might be repeats, but hope it helps. the bubbles are fun! sorry it's long. mary

General tips: try glossy, matte, vellum, colored and white paper for different effects. Protect clothing, hands, and other surfaces from unwanted ink stains. Some techniques can be done right in a sink or bathtub to reduce risk of ink staining, being careful that your sink/bathtub surfaces will clean thoroughly. The papers you will create are great for layering or stamping directly onto them.

1. Bubbles: put a small amount of water, a few drops of dishwashing liquid and some ink in a shallow bowl (the more ink you drop in, the more bold the effect you will get). Blow bubbles into the solution with a straw and as the bubbles come up over the lip of your bowl, drop your cardstock onto the bubbles. Blow more and add more bubbles to the same paper. Change colors and add more bubbles to the same paper.

2. Baggie: Drop ink from your re-inker into a large plastic baggie, smear it around from the outside or use a rubber brayer to spread it around. (The way you manipulate the ink can produce very different effects) Open the baggie and slip your paper inside. Flatten the baggie out and smear or squish the ink onto the paper. You can use several colors at once and get several pieces of paper from one batch of color.


3. Shaving cream: spread shaving cream onto a cookie sheet or other flat, easy to clean surface. Drip ink into the cream and swirl by running a toothpick through the cream. Lay paper onto the cream, press down so the underside is completely covered in cream. Lift out and wipe off excess cream. Re-use the cream several times adding ink or re-swirling as desired.

4. Water: wet your paper with a spritzer or paintbrush. Drop 2 or more colors of ink onto the wet paper and let it run. Add water to any areas that don’t run to your satisfaction. Hang to dry if possible to let the inks continue to run, or lay them on stain resistant surface.

5. Running drops: Drop ink onto acetate and let run into streaks. Wipe ink off with cardstock so that it smears across the paper in bold blocks of color.

6. Gloved fingers: Put on latex gloves. Drop ink onto index finger. Rub index finger and thumb tips together. Wipe ink onto cardstock.

7. Tie dye: Use flexible paper such as mulberry or coffee filter. Put the center onto the end of a pencil or paintbrush tip. Cover the pencil with the paper and secure with rubber bands. Spritz paper and drip with ink.

djc
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Posted: 2/10/2005 7:38:12 PM
Here's an example of tie-dye that Sherry2545 posted. She also explains how she made it.

Tie-Dye

Daria

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Posted: 3/29/2005 10:13:20 PM
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Posted: 3/30/2005 3:31:38 AM
What a great thread!
I really like the using styrofoam idea. How do people come up with these ideas?
TFS - Josie

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Posted: 3/31/2005 8:33:29 AM
The marble technique, try it with acrylic paint in place of re-inkers and you’ll get a much different background including texture.

For those not familiar with the technique get a clear topped box so you can watch the action (pencil box or stamp set case). Put about six marbles in it and put a drop or two of paint or ink on each marble. Place your background paper in the box (use a tiny piece of tape if desired to avoid movement) and roll the marbles over it. You’ll want to go slow to leave tracks with the ink and it’s a more speckled look when you roll faster.

Rox

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Posted: 3/31/2005 8:55:21 AM
Saw this in a mag. Haven't tried it. PG. 105 of papercrafts mag April/May

BUBBLE BATH:

1.IN shallow container, mix small amount of water with dishwashing liquid. Add one color of Food coloring.
2. Place end of drinking straw in water and blow until the water is covered with a layer of bubbles.
3. Press cardstock on bubbles. bubbles will pop and tint cardstock
4. Let dry
5. Repeat with other colors if you choose.

You ca also use dye-based rinkers, ink pumped from metallic pens, or fabric dyes.

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Posted: 4/7/2005 4:06:44 AM
I like to use liquid watercolours and salt for backgrounds. I used this technique in these card and these cards too
You can cut strips and glue them on a sheet of paper to create a background like I did in this one
I use it also for flower stamps
Found another one with this technique
and one more


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Posted: 4/23/2005 9:14:05 PM
I rediscovered this today. I wanted to add it here before, but the board was down, and then I forgot. Lots of beautiful backgrounds:

Art Journal Class: Various Background Techniques by Kristin Holly

Enjoy. Daria

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Posted: 5/18/2005 12:49:46 AM
BTT

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Posted: 5/18/2005 7:30:00 AM
I made a really cool card using black cardstock and bleach. I used a paper towel to Pounce the bleach on the cardstock to get a mottled effect. The paper turned brown/beige where the bleach was. Then I stamped some fish images with versamark, and embossed with white powder. Came out great!

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Posted: 5/20/2005 8:27:05 PM
Here's a card I made recently, where the background is made with hairspray and hairdye on glossy cardstock--love the intensity of the hairdye and the unpredictable effects of the hairspray.

Hairspray/hairdye background for card

Penny

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Posted: 5/23/2005 2:50:04 AM
my current fave is opalite shmoosh.

Use black glossy cs, squirt some opalite reinkers (4-5 colors) all over it randomly, and smoosh another piece of black glossy cs on top. Lift, smoosh again. Lift. FUNKY AND PRETTY!

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Posted: 5/23/2005 5:40:01 AM
I had fun this week playing with both the rubber cement resist and crayon resist techniques. Both are really easy, but give good results. I've put up tutorials for both.

Rubber Cement

Crayon Resist

Suz

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Posted: 5/23/2005 8:16:33 AM
I have a monthly club where we recently did this project:

sponge and bleach technique

We took a piece of 8.5x11 white CS, sponged in med blue and lt brown ink... stamped with bleach over this, and then stamped again with the ink colors... the instructions for the projects are in the gallery.

Susie

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Posted: 5/23/2005 9:33:31 AM
Very nice, Susie!

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Posted: 8/24/2005 5:09:24 AM
What about smooshing?


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