Saturday, 14 March 2015

Purple Onion Designs Damask Background Stamp Card & Tutorial

I just wanted to show you a fun technique for creating background paper, which I used on this card.

I started by stamping some white card stock with Versamark Ink, using a Purple Onion Designs Vintage Damask Background stamp. I then added clear embossing powder to the VersaMark stamped image, and heat set it.

I used sponge tools to add water based inks (not Staz-On).

I then spritzed my inked paper with water mixed with a bit of mica power (I bought a pot of unbranded white mica powder on ebay) in a Mini Mister bottle. This makes the inks smudge into each other, and adds a gorgeous shimmer.

When the water spray has completely dried, I put the stamped card stock on an ironing board, covered it completely with white copy paper, and ironed over it. This removes the clear embossing powder (it kind of melts off and absorbs into the copy paper), and gives you smooth patterned card stock. (You don't need to bother with the ironing stage, if you like the look of the clear embossing powder.)

This picture below gives a better idea of how shimmery it is!
I added an 'I love_____' stamp which I gold embossed, a die cut from Simon Says Stamp, and added a gold card stock border.

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  1. this background is beautiful, I would love to try this. I am a little confused though, did you put the versamark all over the cardstock then emboss with clear and for step two stamp the image and emboss with white? I am not getting how the ink would adhere to the clear embossing powder in the background, in my mind it should resist it. If you could answer me that would be appreciated. I love visiting your blog Helen.

    1. Hi Paula, Sorry I wasn't very clear! I put Versamark ink on the damask stamp, and stamped it onto plain card stock. I then put clear embossing powder over the stamped VersaMark damask pattern, and heat set it. The ink then adheres to the card stock which never had any embossing powder on it, inbetween the damask pattern. (There isn't any white embossing powder involved.) I hope that makes better sense! Thanks ever so much Paula! Helen x

    2. thanks for clearing that up for me. I read it over a few times to make sure I was understanding; that's the way I thought you did it but wanted to be sure.