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(17) different looks for (1) background die - Card tutorial by Heather King

Hey crafty friends!  It's Heather here filling in on this fabulous Sunday...why is it fabulous..?
Because tomorrow is my birthday which was the inspiration for this post!
 
I started thinking of my 38 years and all of the beautiful moments as well as the things that make my soul happy...(yes, one of them is crafting..any kind of crafting of course). 
This led me on a path down crafty memory lane...all of the things I have learned over the years, including happy mistakes, the joy I get by creating something new, and lastly, all of the different personal looks I've had in my lifetime so far...
So, I got to thinking....with one background die, how many looks can I create with this one die..?
 
Now, let me start with a disclaimer...most who know me know that I am a crafter of all kinds, but my passion is scrapbooking!  However, I love making my own cards and who wants to spend money on them when I can make it myself, am I right??!
That said, I did not invent these techniques and I'm not showing you anything revolutionary, wait-I take that back...yes on the revolutionary, but not my original revolution! 
 
I had a great time nonetheless and figured if nothing else, I would spark some creativity in you with these ideas and maybe inspire you to dust off all of those fun mediums and supplies you haven't played with in a while...! now, lets get to it!!
 
I started with this one background die...
If you don't have this specific background die, you can use any background die to create these looks...check out this link for other options......background dies
 
 
Next, I pulled out glitters, embossing paste/powder, inks, and all sorts of goodies!
The first few are the most obvious looks, but just as important I think....
 
1. Shaker card....because shakers are always so fun!!
For this card, I cut the background die in glitter paper and created my shaker with some bits and pieces from Trinity Stamps and my stash.  Here are some other options for shaker fillers.... shaker filler options
The sentiment was created with the Altenew Happy die and the Honey Bees Sending You Sentiments Stamp set.
 
2. Cut in half...you get two cards from one die cut!
I simply cut the die from Altenew gold foil cardstock and cut in half diagonally! To finish up, I added a small strip of red glitter paper and some Pretty Pink Posh Jewels.  The sentiment was stamped with a Ranger Letter It stamp set and heat embossed with versmark ink and  Ranger Gold Tinsel embossing powder.

 
3.  Dry embossed...this had to be the simplest look!
Please refer to your die cutting machine for the proper sandwich, but this look can be done with any die in any shape or style! I used the same Altenew gold foil cardstock for this card.
To finish up, I die cut a heart from vellum and layered a stacked white cardstock sentiment then added Pretty Pink Posh jewels.

 
4. Backed with Glitter paper & 5. Backed with Glitter
I know these two options are so similar, however, you can't get the blending of glitter with paper like you can with actual glitter!
The background with glitter was created with Stick It adhesive sheets on white cardstock and a layered a white Sunny Studios background die cut on top.  Then, I added each color of glitter being sure to layer the next glitter over top the previous to get a blend. 
For best results, fine glitter is suggested.
To make sure the sentiments popped on bright backgrounds, I added a vellum die cut circle or layered a vellum shadow die cut from the Honey Bees Thank you die set.
To give the sentiments dimension and shine, I used a Nuvo shimmer pen plus Nuvo crystal glaze. There are more for just enamel dots!!
I also used more Pretty Pink Posh jewels.
The second look is a cardstock die cut over glitter paper.



6. Watercolor-stain glass background vs. 7.Copic colored background 
The landscape card was created with my Zig Clean Color watercolor markers.  I layered one white die cut on my base so I knew where to color, then I layered three more white die cuts on top.  This made it easy to add in Nuvo Crystal Glaze to create a stained glass look.
The portrait card was created the same way, but with Copic markers.  Then, I added Nuvo clear crystal drops, but it did not give me the dimension and shine like the crystal glaze did.
I layered both of the sentiments on vellum to make them stand out.
For finishing touches, I added Pretty Pink Posh jewels and Doodlebug mini pearls
 

 
8. Stencil & Spray Ink background
I cut the die on scratch cardstock to use a stencil on a piece of white cardstock base with Distress Oxide spray inks.  Be aware, using cardstock as a stencil does not always provide clean results...if you don't like the look of it seeping underneath, then you could use Pixie spray with your stencil.
To finish up, I heat embossed a sentiment on vellum  Wow Metallic Platinum Sparkle embossing powder and attached on each end of the card to avoid adding adhesive and seen through the vellum.
To finish up, I added some Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

 
9. Stencil & Ink Blended background vs. 10. Ink Blended die cut
Ok...so these two looks are similar to the one above, but much more controlled!! less mess, and more control over the finished color!
The card on the left, I blended the Distress Oxide ink pads, then layered a silver shimmer cardstock die cut on top. 
The card on the right, I blended Distress Oxide inks, then cut with the background die, then layered on a white cardstock base.
Again, to make sure the sentiments pop off the background, I added a layer of vellum in a strip or a circle.  I used the same Wow Platinum Sparkle Embossing powder.
Lastly, I used some Doodlebug mini pearls.


 
11. Heat Embossed die cut
To create this look, I die cut cardstock and heat embossed using Wow Metallic platinum Sparkle embossing powder and versamark ink.  The Happy Birthday sentiment is with stacked back cardstock then covered with Nuvo Shimmer pen and Nuvo crystal glaze for dimension.
I also layered a die cut vellum heart underneath to make it stand out from the background.

Lastly, I used some Doodlebug mini pearls.
 
12. Heat Embossed background & 13. Embossing paste background
To create the first look, I die cut cardstock for a stencil to add versmark ink and heat embossed using Wow Primary Bluetiful embossing powder.  The sentiments were also heat embossed using Wow Metallic Platinum Sparkle embossing powder on a vellum strip.
The second look was created with the same stencil and Vicki Boutin Rose Gold Glaze. 
I did add another white die cut over the Rose Gold Glaze to clean up the edges.  Paper stencils don't always provide clean results.
For finishing touches, I added Pretty Pink Posh Rose Gold sequins and Lucy's Cards Shimmering Pool Chunky Jewels.

 
 
14. Texture Paste background  & 15. Texture Paste Smoosh background
To create the first look, I die cut cardstock for a stencil to add Sparkly white texture paste.  Then I added a stacked die cut sentiment from Altenew Gold Foil cardstock layered on a white ribbon.
The second look was created by adding a very thick of teal texture paste, then pressing a silver shimmer die cut in to it in order for the texture paste to rise up.  This adds a ton of dimension and texture and was not meant to look even.

 
 
16. Nuvo Drops Stencil background  vs. 17. Stenciled Nuvo Drops background
Last, but definitely not least!! I  wasn't sure I'd like them , but have to admit these are my favorites!
I die cut white cardstock piece to use a stencil with Nuvo spatula & Nuvo Drops..yes, I know, don't freak out...I really didn't use that much, promise!! I didn't intend on using the stencil, but when I was done, I loved it just as much! I used Autumn Red English Mustard, & Ripened Pumpkin.
 I added it to my cardstock base with a vellum strip with my heat embossed sentiment. 
The second card is the stenciled Nuvo Drops background and they both scream fall to me!
For finishing touches, I added cardstock Impression Obsession leaf die cuts along with some gold glitter glue and Doodlebug mini pearls.
 
 
If you made it this far...thanks for sticking with me!!
This project was definitely a labor of love, but I am happy with all of the finished cards....what do you think?? what is your favorite card? or favorite technique?
 
If you have any questions about these techniques or products used, please leave me a comment below.   Have a
spooky week!
xoxo, Heather
 
 
 
 


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