Thursday, June 6, 2019

STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge Anything Goes: Optional color twist, Mahogany

Time for our June STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge, Anything Goes
Optional color twist: Mahogany!

My card using:

Loll Thompson's You Tube Video Paper Towel Background: 3:45 was
my background inspiration!  Thank you Loll (Stamping with Loll).

I made my watercolored background on Strathmore Mixed Media paper, 
which I had brushed with Golden's White Gesso and let dry.

I placed a piece of paper towel that I had used to mop up Brushos Inks
onto the MM paper and spritzed generously with water.
Rubbing with my hand to transfer the ink onto the paper.

Did this a couple more times to add more ink.
Loved the textured effect of the inks over the Gesso.

Here is a Close Up of the brush strokes and colors.

Die cut background with CUTplorations "Crazy Running Stitch Rectangle 
Nesting Die" for subtle framing.

Placed card front in MISTI and arranged "Life in Full Color" sentiment and paint tube.
Stamped with Distress Oxide Aged Mahogany and heat embossed
with SU Clear Embossing Powder.
Next stamped and heat embossed the tiny Happy Birthday from
"Birds of Paradise" stamp set and popped up.

Tip: Distress Oxides stay wet long enough to heat emboss with embossing
powders.  I usually use clear embossing powder.

Popped up card front using White Craft Foam and
attatched to SU Whisper White 100# CS and Done!

I loved the results and will be trying this background technique again:-)

Enjoy and hope you get to join us.  You have until June 30th to play along.
See you in October for more CAS Card Challenges. 

In the meantime,  I will be playing in some of Shery's fun Summer Events!

Thank you for your visits, my friends.  Hugs...


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STAMPlorations Store you can get a 20% discount,  which you can use
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  1. I absolutely love that gorgeous artsy background!!

  2. Fabulous background - I really need to get more info from Christine on the Gesso trick! and WOW I hadn't a clue Mahogany ink was so pretty!!
    Such a fun, and fantastic creation, Nancy!

  3. Beautiful Nancy your background amazing, I love the effect of the gesso brush strokes and you have the perfect addition of images with the watercolour tube and your artsy sentiment :)

  4. What wonderful results with the paper towel background over gesso, Nancy! Love the soft color and texture that's perfect for your artsy card!

  5. I really like seeing the brush strokes on the paper. Using the paper towels is so unique and recycles too. This is such a pretty background, Nancy.

  6. Hmmm... I never thought about embossing DOX -- great idea which I'll try! The very first thing I noticed about your card was the texture on the background. It's very subtle, but it makes a big difference, and then you have those soft, pretty colors which do work beautifully with the mahogany ink. I love this all over, Nancy!

  7. It's a terrific Bg and those stamps are just perfect!

  8. Beautiful and artsy, Nancy. Amazing textured background... it complements that stamp set perfectly. I just bought some Gesso today. TFS your inspiration. xx

  9. Wow, I love this paper towel background over gesso, Nancy! The colors are so pretty and the subtle texture (brush strokes) of gesso is wonderful. The background is perfect of the art theme. Clear heat-embossing the image and the sentiment is definitely effective and gives them better definition.
    Hugs.. Hideko
    p.s. Perfect choice of the photo backdrop too.

  10. I love this effect Nancy and what a fabulous technique. Gorgeous colours and what a wonderful CAS card. Thank you for the tip too about the oxides x

  11. This is one of the best backgrounds I've seen with Lolly's paper towel technique, Nancy! The colors are soft and wonderful over Gesso and it provides the perfect foundation for your fun images!! Hugs, Dolly

  12. Beautiful card Nancy! LOVE that background. What a great way to use the paper towel transfer over brushed on gesso. The colours are a soft, gorgeous mix. I will definitely give this a try! We always inspire each other!! xx

  13. WOW! Your background is very artsy !! I love this card


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