Happy Friday! Earlier this month when I was sharing some cards featuring the Simon Says Stamp Let's Connect Release products I asked what you wanted to see used from the release and the overwhelming winner was the Crackle Background (and Reverse Crackle Background) so today I'm sharing my take on ink smooshing over a stamped and embossed crackle background and y'all.... it might just be my favorite way to use this background. Seriously. The results are so, so good! In addition to the ink smooshing I used the Summer Roses Gina K Exclusive for Simon Says Stamp. Let's get started!
V I D E O T U T O R I A L
Watch the creation of this ink smooshed crackle background card and matching stamped envelope from start to finish below or click HERE to watch in HD:
The Crackle Background was stamped on a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" panel of Bristol Smooth Cardstock with clear embossing ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.
Speckled Egg, Antique Linen, and Gathered Twigs Distress Oxide Inks were pressed into a glass mat work surface, spritzed with only 1 - 2 times with water and picked up with leftover stamp packaging before being "smooshed" into the background.I love how this gives a more organic, imperfect look than ink blending. The embossed areas resist the ink making this the perfect crackle background! What colors would you use? The possibilities are endless and I can't wait to try this with all my favorite Distress Ink color combos!
When the background is dry, I die cut it with an A2 Thin Frames Die and discarded the thin frame. I also die cut the thin frame from Polished Gold Mirror Cardstock. The outer frame, gold thin frame, and center panel were then adhered to a white top fold card base.
The Summer Roses Gina K Exclusive for Simon Says Stamp rose and leaves were stamped on Bristol Smooth Cardstock with clear embossing ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. The rose was colored with Distress Oxide Inks in Antique Linen, Fossilized Amber, and Gathered Twigs. The stem and leaves were colored with Speckled Egg, Bundled Sage, and Gathered Twigs Distress Oxide Inks. A water brush pen was used to color in the images. Once dry, they were die cut with the coordinating dies.
The large scripty sentiment from the Summer Roses Gina K Exclusive for Simon Says Stamp was stamped with clear embossing ink and heat embossed with Antique Gold Embossing Powder. The sentiment was die cut with the coordinating die and it and the rose and leaves images were adhered to the background as shown.
A phrase from the Just Miss You Stamp Set was stamped on Sage Leaf Cardstock with clear embossing ink and heat embossed with Antique Gold Embossing Powder. The phrase was die cut with a Sentiment Labels Die and adhered to the card with foam adhesive.
A Trinity Stamps Coffee Bean Heart was adhered below the greetings to finish the card.
S U P P L I E S
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