I promised that I would do a video using the Impression Obsession background technique and the new Wendy Vecchi inks.
I used old Stampin’ Up background stamps including rice paper, tea house, polka dot, and a french script stamp from an unknown maker.
The inks I used of Wendy Vecchi’s new Make Art Blendable inks were Prickly Pear, Fern Green, Cornflower Blue, Sunflower and Orange Blossom for the stenciling. I didn’t have a beige ink in the Wendy Vecchi inks, so used Crumb Cake from Stampin Up for the french script.
The leaf stencil came from Stampers Anonymous in the stamp set called Little Birdies that I’ll be showing you in an upcoming haul video. I used the stipple brush that was shown in the demonstration and I didn’t have great results, so went back to my 1″ chip brushes that I buy at Harbor Freight Liquidators in a pack of 36 for $10 with a 20% coupon, paid $8. I trim about 3/4″ off the top of the bristles so they are straight across. You need one for every color family, and one for distress oxides and pigment ink color families. That means you can use one brush for all of your red dye based inks, but you can’t use that brush for red distress oxides or red pigment inks, those need to have a separate brush for the two (distress oxide and pigments)..
After stamping my backgrounds, I went around the outside edge with the Orange Blossom ink with my chip brush in orange blossom.
I trimmed the paper so my finished backgrounds were 5 1/2″ wide. I cut four strips of 1 1/2″ tall by 5 1/2″ wide (making sure that you are cutting in the direction your pattern goes.) You’ll need two more strips of 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ from the patterned paper you created.
Then you’ll need a card stock color that will match the larger piece that you will layer card stock on, that is 5 7/8″ tall x 4 5/8″ wide. In my case, I used green card stock for this. I made a layer of white that is 5 3/4″ tall by 4 1/2″ wide.
The green card base is 11″ long by 5 3/4″ wide scored at 1″, 2 3/4″, 3 3/4″, 5 1/2″, 7 1/4″, 8 1/4″, and 10″. Fold all of your scores so they are ready for the next stage. You should decorate before you fold the card, but we have one more step before decorating. Take an X-acto knife, (craft tool), and your score board. You need to make a mark on the 5 1/2″ score mark 1/2″ from either end, then using your X-acto knife, cut on the 5 1/2″ score line from 1/2″ from one end to 1/2″ from the other end. Then turn it around and cut it again on the same line so you have a bigger slit to slide paper through. It’s important that you follow that step so your card can slide things easily. To decorate your card, you’ll alternate your wide strips so the first section is blank, then you have a wide piece, then a thin piece, then wide, then another wide,, then thin, and your last section is blank. You will want to put tear tape up to the score line in the top and bottom sections of the card.
I decorated the white paper with the leaf stencil and the sunflower and orange blossom inks and off setting the stencil. Then I brushed over the left side with orange. I took some thin taffeta ribbon and wrapped it over the left side and tied a knot near the top and put a piece of patterned paper that was left over, I pushed under the ribbon.
To put the card together, fold down the top scored section and keep it folded down but leave the backing of the tear tape on it. Slide your center piece you decorated, into the cut you made, fold up the bottom piece and take your tear tape backing off and take the center piece and line it up so it’s straight and centered on the bottom of the card, then take the backing off the tear tape on the top of the card and holding the top with the piece folded down, just fold it down to the bottom and press. The card is done.
I showed how to make an envelope for it, and you’ll need 9″ square paper and place the paper like a baseball diamond and center your card in the middle of it. Then fold the sides in, and if your paper is too thick, use your stylus and rub the edges surrounding your card, so it makes folding the paper a lot easier. You’ll fold the bottom up and the top down, and trim the little corner pieces out. Put tear tape or wet glue on it, and the envelope is made.