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:
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:
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!