The bears recently attended a workshop at our local Paper craft shop. Papermaze, in Otley, where we were shown how to create our own backgrounds for scrapbook pages, rather than buy patterned paper. The following is taken from inspiration from the class, which we really enjoyed,
First I bought some 12 x 12 chipboard, as this can take heavily painted and misty backgrounds,
Next, I primed the chipboard with some white acrylic paint.
Which I spread evenly over the chipboard.
And dried with the heat gun.
I chose 2 Dylusions sprays
And began to spritz to my furry heart's content. First, the red to the edges, then the blue to the middle, blending a little as I spritzed.
I'm not sure if I was a little impatient and didn't wait long enough for the acrylic paint to dry, or if Dylusions react differently to Tattered Angels sprays, which we had used at the class, but my mist seemed to soak into my chipboard rather a lot. I did ask the class tutor what could have gone wrong when I next saw her but she had no idea. Maybe it will remain one of the 7 mysteries of the crafting world.
Not to be daunted, I just added a tonne more mist, kept calm, and carried on crafting! I chose a mask,
and added some distress inks randomly to the (dried) background through it, in contrasting colours.
Next, I used my Sizzix bigz die to cut some flowers and leaves, which I misted with glimmery shimmery mists, whilst wearing my pawtective glove, to save having shimmery fur. I alternately scrunched and dried the flowers, to produce a more rustic look to them.
I folded then sanded the leaves, to resemble the vines running through real leaves (another technique learnt at a Papermaze workshop).
To add a little more interest to the page, I stamped some random images directly onto my spritzed background. This really is an anything goes project, why don't you try it. It's a way to produce some really unique backgrounds, and you can create different effects with each play, depending on which mists, masks and stamps you use.
With love from the bears.