By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor
Would you ever like to use a patterned paper for a focal point, but don’t know what to do about the background? The ink block background technique is the perfect way to get a simple look to go behind your patterned papers. This gift design with the inked patterned behind it is great to use for a card for a young person, too.
Put ink onto the block using one or more ink pads by layering the colors on or ink each section with a different color.
Stamp the design onto a card base made from cardstock. This is a 5” x 7” base. Stamp in one direction as I did here or in different directions for another look.
This design was stamped without re-inking the block. Notice how the colors become muted with each stamping? This is another great look using this technique.
Now create the gifts using your favorite patterned paper by cutting three 2” x 2” squares.
Lay the paper face down on the Stitched Borders Die by Lawn Fawn and run it through your die cutting machine. Notice in the picture on the right how the stitches are cut. The row on the top shows the cut edges facing up and the row on the left have the cut edges down. This is why it is important to have the pattern of the paper facing down when it is laid on the die.
Attach the squares to the card base using a tape runner.
Die cut 6 ribbons and 3 ribbon tails using the Party Bow Die by Spellbinders.
Attach one ribbon and one tail to each of the gifts and then add a second ribbon to the top of the first. Adhere only the center of the second ribbon and then gently lift the edges up to give them a 3-d appearance.
Stamp the sentiment under the gifts to finish off the front of the card.
The next time you want to use your favorite paper as the focal point, but don’t know what to do about the background dig out this technique and put it to use. It’s great for every day and special occasion cards. Use different widths of rubber bands, yarn, string or whatever you can find for all new looks and designs!