I am taking an Online class again.  I really love these.  Even though I have been stamping for over 20 years, I always find some new technique to learn.  And these are fun – lots of videos and exemples…. This class is called Clean and Simple 4.

On Day 3, the technique was about background.

The first technique is to stamp a background with white ink, then stamp your leaves and flowers with a coloured dye ink.  The pattern of the background should appear in the coloured flowers or leaves.  I say should because it worked on my first sample, but I messed it up, so I couldn’t finish the card.  I did a second card and the pattern of the white background hardly showed in my flowers… I’ll try again for sure.  But I managed to salvage part of the first try so you can see what it is supposed to look like.

Here is the first try:

Here is a close-up of the white stamped background:

You can see the white shadow of the background in the leaves and butterflies.  Very pretty effect!

Here is my second try, it didn’t work as well as the first try:

You can see the shadow of the background in the leaves, but it is just sort of mottled in the butterflies.  Here is a closer look at the background (it is very pretty in real life, even if the technique did not quite work out.

It’s funny, now that I look at the closeup, I can see the shadow of the leaves in the butterflies… Oh well, didn’t show so well looking at the card.  So it works!


Background stamp:  Impression Obsession Cover-a-card Greenery CC018, inked with green ink Ranger Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchio) Fern Green on green Cardstock (SU Old Olive).

The card Base is dark green card stock (SU Mossy Meadow).

I stamped the same background in white on white card stock with HA white Unicorn ink.  The leaves (Paper Smooches Botanicals 2) were stamped with the same Fern Green Archival ink.  The Butterflies were stamped with My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink Pad in Razzle Berry and Blu Raspberry.  The Thanks was also stamped in Fern Green.

The Butterflies and Thanks are from a Simon Says Stamp set Butterflies SSS101427.  The “thanks” tag was cut with the Simon Says Stamp matching die (SSSD111363).

I used some water drops in pastel colours over the leaves (as per Karolyn Loncon’s sample in the Clean and Simple Online class).

The first sample uses the same supplies, plus the “Merci” die from the “Merci Beaucoup” set by Frantic Stamper Inc and Stampin’Up Turquoise card stock.

That’s it.  I’ll be back with more “Homework” before the class is over I’m sure.

Challenge blog submission:  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge:  Anything goes found here.

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