Hello Crafty Friends!
Today I have a fun technique and tutorial to share with you for adding interest and emphasis to a simple embossed background.
I love the look of an embossed background. It’s such an easy way to add a little bit of extra detail to a project, without adding a lot of extra bulk. And although a plain embossed background looks great, it’s always fun to find other ways to use your crafty supplies. This Herringbone Texture Fade embossing folder from Tim Holtz’s new Dapper collection is really cool with its galvanized metal look. So why not bring it out of the background, and make it really shine? All you need is a paintbrush, a little bit of water, and your favorite colors of Distress Inks.
Cut cardstock for the card base. I used kraft-core Distress cardstock for the base, sanded and corners rounded. The top panel is watercolor paper, cut to 4″ x 4.5″.
Place the watercolor paper in the Herringbone Texture Fade and run it through your die cutting machine using this standard sandwich for embossing: Extended Multipurpose Platform (open to Tab 1), Standard Cutting Pad, embossing folder with paper inside, Standard Cutting Pad.
To emphasize the pattern on the embossed panel, I created vertical stripes using three colors of Distress Ink. Simply dab the inks onto a non-stick craft mat, and pick up the color using a wet paintbrush. I started with one color at a time, leaving space in between for additional colors. You can easily vary the intensity of the water colors by diluting for more or less water, as you like.
As you finish with one color, repeat the process with all remaining inks. To keep the inks from flowing too much into each other, allow the paper to dry between colors.
Isn’t that a fun look? I love how the stripes add so much extra detail to the card, and keeps the background from getting lost behind those larger Tea Time cups.
I am crazy about some crackle! Gives these tea cups an instant sense of age and the look of fine old porcelain. And don’t you love those new Gilded Accents Remnant Rubs? Sigh…
I added in a touch of kraft for that rustic look that I love. And a dab of messy Picket Fence Distress Paint, too. The large scalloped border is from the Stitched Ovals Thinlits set. And a die cut sentiment from Tim’s Script Friendship Words set.
Thanks so for much stopping by! Hope you all have a wonderful week!
The supplies I’ve used are linked and listed below: