Another Birthday Card, Custom Background Paper, and DIY Washi Tape

Happy Friday, everybody!  I have another birthday card for you today, but not just any birthday card.  This birthday card is based on this week’s Mojo Monday sketch, has custom-made background paper, and features washi tape that I made myself!  Whew!  That’s a lot for one card to handle 😉

First, the Mojo Monday sketch:

And now, the card:

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Cool, right?  I started with the background paper – a sheet of clean cream cardstock, taped around the edges to leave a border.  I used my ink blending tool in a swirling motion to apply first salty ocean and then walnut stain distress ink, then spritzed the paper with water, flicking a few bigger drops for a splatter effect.  When the ink had reacted just enough, I dabbed off the excess water with a paper towel and then used my heat tool to dry the paper completely.  Then, I stamped the patterns with vintage photo distress ink and StazOn Stone Gray, removed the tape, and buffed the edges with more vintage photo.  I layered it onto a piece of grey-brown cardstock and sat back to admire my handiwork…and realized that I didn’t want to cover it up!  I started this process with the Mojo Monday sketch in mind, and now I couldn’t go on because I didn’t want to cover up the special paper.  Eesh.  So, I set it aside for the night, and when I came back to it in the morning I had an idea!  Washi tape and vellum!  They’re just transparent enough not to totally overpower the background while still adding pattern and layers.  Next problem – I don’t own any washi tape 😛  Easy solution – make my own!  Then I get the exact pattern and colors I want.  Perfect.  The rest of the card went smoothly after I found the right button 🙂

Here’s a closer pic of the background paper, to try to capture some of the intricacies:

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Sometime soon I’ll make tutorials for you guys on the techniques I used to make the background paper and DIY washi tape.  Then you can have fun with it, too!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!

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3 thoughts on “Another Birthday Card, Custom Background Paper, and DIY Washi Tape

  1. ncguygirl says:

    Cool card, Melody! Once again, I’m impressed by your eye for design and creativity! I loved yesterday’s card, too, but my silly work server wouldn’t let me comment.

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