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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