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Cards with overlaid shabby backgrounds

I recently undertook a class online using paint effects and I have adapted this technique to use with my stampin up inks and dies. These cards I made as a batch and I did all of the backgrounds in one go, and then sewed them all on my sewing machine using white or black cotton. I do like the layered look with certain images and butterflies and this stamp set lend themselves well to the technique as they provide backgrounds and lovely text as well as images and then there are the butterfly thinlits that match the set and provide a focus. I can't wait to get some 12x12 watercolour paper and start doing this type of background with my photos/scrapbooking!

I chose 3 colours of inks and took a piece of plastic and pushed onto my ink pad then spritzed the plastic to make the ink run and then pressed parts of the inked plastic onto the watercolour paper. This works better if the watercolour paper is already a little bit wet. Then have a paper towel handy to  pat off the excess. Best done on surface that is protected my table that is painted white is  now a shade of green around the edges! Although it did wipe off eventually as the inks are water-based.

 When you are happy with your 3 colour background then you can ink up some of the background and script stamps in the set 'Beauty Abounds' and stamp off the first image onto some waste paper then stamp onto your watercolour paper and maybe stamp again at a 90 degree angle even lighter image. Take some pieces of card in the same colours as your inks - my colours are lemon lime twist, Blushing Bride and Blueberry Bushel. I roughed up the edges of the card using a tool that looks like one of those thread cutters you can hang around your neck - but you can also carefully use the insides of the scissors. I also gave the pieces of card the stamped on treatment with the images in the stamp set and words and backgrounds. I added a punched hole for the tag and some ribbon which is lovely ombre lemon lime twist ribbon from stampin up. - so lushy!
I cut some of the butterfly images from the co-ordinating thinly dies.
I sewed the watercolour paper to the card base and then arranged and glued the images to the card- some are raised onto dimensions and some have been attached with my mini stapler.
The three cards are all slightly different but similar themed.
I hope you like them. The bundle is £51.25 for this set and matching dies but there are 20 dies in the set and the big dies can easily be cut into smaller images. Its a lovely set and has lots to play with in it. There is still time to buy it and obtain a Sale-a-bration Free item as it is over £45.00 until end of March 2019.