2 Techniques For The Cottage Garden Background Stamp

By | 03/26/2019

I was very excited when I saw Catherine Pooler’s Welcome Home release.  I was also proud of myself for only ordering one small bundle from that release!

I selected the Cottage Garden Bundle because I loved the graphic geometric feel of the main floral image in the two stamp sets that were included in the bundle.  Plus, I love her background stamps.

I actually made a video of this, but unfortunately I used the new camera my husband picked out for me and the video files just jammed up my computer.  **Sigh**.  I’m going to go out this weekend and get myself a camera that I can actually use without needing special backup drives to hold the gigantic files.

Instead, I’m going to describe what I did really well!

Cottage Garden Background Stamp 2 ways

This card was created with this week’s Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge for the Paper Craft Crew.

Cottage Garden Background Stamp 2 ways

I went diagonally with Favorite Color, Monochrome, and Sequins.

I LOVE Altenew’s Lagoon color and I have the ink pad, the alcohol marker, the watercolor pan set, and the watercolor brush pen for this color.  I did say it was a favorite color!

For the card above, I decided to use the watercolor brush pen and watercolor a background.  I used the emboss resist technique by heat embossing the background image in white embossing powder on watercolor paper.  I then covered the entire image in a light wash of the lagoon watercolor ink and let it dry.

Once dry, I added a little water and more ink to the areas that I wanted darker like the middle of the flowers and the base of the leaves.  I wanted a watercolor ombre effect.

I LOVE monochrome cards, but I wanted to show you that  you can add different tones of the same color to give the project more depth and interest.

I attached this to a piece of craft foam to flatten it and I added it to a card front.  The sentiment is from the same bundle and it is heat embossed in white on black card stock.

Cottage Garden Background Stamp 2 ways

Believe it or not, this is also Lagoon ink!  In person it looks exactly the same color as the other card and both of them look like a gorgeous blue-green.  One photographed super blue and the other green!

I used my Altenew Crisp Dye ink pad and my Picket Fence Life Changing Blender Brush to add a light background of color using the same emboss resist technique.  I stamped my image and heat embossed it in white embossing powder on Bristol Smooth paper.  Then I blended on a light background color and spritzed it with water.

Once this dried, I added flicks of color to the flower centers and to the bases of the leaves using my Altenew Artist Marker in Lagoon (B815).  I was able to control exactly where those flicks went and I ended up really liking the final effect on both cards.

I find it so much fun to experiment with different coloring techniques and mediums.  I’ve really been enjoying the watercoloring and alcohol markers and this was a fun way to challenge myself to see what I could do with them for a card.

I love that one background stamp can be a complete card.  All I added was a sentiment and some sequins!  The sequins are Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Mix.

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Thank you so much for stopping by!  I would love for you to leave a comment to let me know which card you like the best!

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