Good morning Unity lovers! Echo here with another stamping therapy Thursday session! Today I have a cling wrap background technique and video tutorial. This is one of the first background techniques I learned. It’s an oldie but a goodie. If you have been around Unity for long. You may have noticed that I really like making backgrounds. I love techniques where you can make a bunch of backgrounds. All at the same time. You then have backgrounds on hand and ready to add the perfect stamped image to it. Here is the card I made in the video.
Cling wrap background technique
What is cool about this technique is you can use all different kinds of mediums. Here are two backgrounds that I did on watercolor paper and distress oxides. They are done the exact same way as shown in the video. Just with distress oxides and watercolor paper.
Just look at those colors. I loved how these turned out. With using the oxides on watercolor paper. I only did the cling wrap background technique one time. Using them with regular distress inks. The ink is more translucent. Then it can take a few times building up color. Depending on the look your going for. For the video I did it twice because I was going for a darker galaxy sky. I can’t wait to use these oxide backgrounds on something. For the first one I used distress oxides in cracked pistachio, peacock feathers, and lucky clover on 140 lb. Canson watercolor paper. For the second one I used distress oxides in peacock feathers, faded jeans. and seedless preserves on same watercolor paper. I think these would be great under water backgrounds. What do you think? I wonder if you might spot these background in future samples?
Different ways to use the cling wrap background
How cute is these guy? It was one of those stamps that I never seen before. I bought him the second I saw him. The kit he is from is called Pain and Pride. I did the same cling wrap background technique as shown in the video. Distress inks used were peacock feathers, faded jeans, and blueprint sketch. The die cut birch trees came from Lawn Fawn as well as the stitched hillside. Glue the background to the card base and then glued the trees. Added foam tape to snow bank to add dimension. I stamped and colored the penguin with Copic markers and fussy cut out. Added foam tape to top half that was going to be of of snow bank (so it was the same height as snow bank) and glued the bottom half to snow bank. Stamped sentiment is from Blossomy Condolences kit.
I couldn’t help it I had to do another galaxy one. For the first layer on glossy card stock using the cling wrap technique. I used distress inks in peacock feathers, faded jeans, and seedless preserves. For the second layer I used distress inks in dusty concord, chipped sapphire, and black soot. Splattered it with diluted paint and added sentiment. I love this bold sentient. It is from the Donna Downey line and it is called A Certain Darkness.
For this sample I used Beautiful Wishes– June 2014 Layer of Life kit. The distress inks I used for this background are broken china, seedless preserves, and dusty concord. Layered twice with the same colors. I used the texture stamp that comes in this kit and randomly stamped the background in the same distress colors. I stamped the dandelion and sentiment in black StazOn ink.
Cling wrap background technique with different mediums
There is so many different looks you can get with this technique and by mixing it up with different mediums as well. You can make backgrounds forever. Here is a quick run down of different possible mediums to use.
- Regular distress inks on glossy card stock
- Distress oxides on watercolor paper
- Spray inks on glossy card stock or watercolor paper
- Distress inks, oxides or spray inks on gessoed white card stock
- Acrylic paint on gessoed white card stock
- Watercolors on watercolor paper
- Alcohol ink on glossy card stock
This is probably not an exhaustive list but this every thing that I have personally tested out. I hope you enjoyed this technique and try it out for yourself. I would love to see what you create. Tag me, so I can see your work over at the Unity Show and Tell Facebook group. That is our time for today!
Until next time, stamp on!