Hi there! Today I want to share a cool technique for creating lovely background effects without using stamps or paper. Stamping without stamps – but instead using your acrylic block! I love our acrylic blocks as they’re lovely and thick and easy to grip – perfect for preventing inky finger smudges! Plus they come in a great range of sizes! But there’s more to these little beauties than just somewhere to stick your stamp! For this card, I inked up my acrylic block rather than my stamp and just stamped it straight onto my cardstock. I just love the subtle watercolour effect this creates – and it’s different every time you do it! Plus, you can create different shapes depending on the size of block you use. You could also stamp more than one to create a pattern.
So, how do you do it? Well, it’s super easy. First, pick a couple of colours to use – I recommend light colours if you want to stamp over like I have. I used Marina Mist and Smoky Slate. Then, starting with the lighter colour, simply swipe your inkpad over the surface of the block. Then, add the darker colour in the same way. Once you’ve got your colour on, spritz your block with a little water. Hold your spritzer about 6-8 inches away and one or two squirts should be enough. Finally, press your block down on the card and press firmly, making sure to get plenty of pressure. You’ll see the ink squish and mix together under the block, which is great fun! When you lift the block up, you’ll have your background! Stamping without stamps! I’ve used my ‘D’ block but you can use any size depending on the effect you want.
Let it dry for a bit before stamping on top. I’ve stamped the tree from the ‘Lovely as a Tree’ stamp set using Black Memento ink and the sentiment comes from the ‘Feather Together’ stamp set. I love the font of the sentiments in this. You could also heat emboss your image – especially if you’ve gone for darker colours.
I’ve used regular Whisper White cardstock for my card which works fine, but be aware that it will warp a little and you don’t want to put too much water on your block.
Then, it was simply a case of layering my panel onto some Smoky Slate card and then onto a Whisper White base. I love how it turned out and think you could have lots of fun experimenting with different colours. We made this card at this week’s class and I think we could probably have played all night just making different versions of it in different colours!! Check out my Calendar of Events and come along to one of my classes – they’re great fun! If you can’t make it in person, I also do some fab Online Classes so you can craft away without leaving home!
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Whisper White Card Base 14.5cm x 21cm
Smoky Slate 14cm x 10cm
Whisper White 13.5cm x 9.5cm