Tutorial: Single Layer Collaged Background

Today I am going to show you how I created the Collaged piece that adorns the card below.  It looks really complicated and as if it has many layers, but it is actually just a single piece of cardstock that has had the TREATMENT so to say.

1. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock so that it is slightly larger than the Spellbinders die (or Sizzix die, template, shape) that you will use to cut it to shape at the end.  I have used the Labels Eight Spellbinders Die set for this piece.

2. Stamp swirls/vines (Kaiser) around the edges randomly with a permanent black ink. (I used Memento)  I still give it a blast with the heat gun to make sure that it is really set before I go onto the next step.

3. Stamp the piece with a script design (Prima) using Versamark ink (or clear embossing ink).  If your script stamp doesn’t cover the piece entirely, simply stamp it multiple times.

4. Coat with clear embossing powder, remove excess and heat to set.  Don’t over heat the piece as that will force the embossing powder to melt into the cardstock, we just want it to melt onto the surface for this technique.  (You can see the script design really well because one of my little darlings had used the stamp without cleaning it thoroughly, but no harm done as you will see at the end)

5. Start inking the piece randomly with your lightest colour (Spun Sugar) Distress Ink and either an Ink Blending Tool or Cut’n’Dry Foam.  I actually use both to add inks as the effect is similar and I am pretty lazy when it comes to grabbing the first thing at hand in a “Creative Cyclone”.

6. Next add your second colour (Victorian Velvet) randomly to the piece.  I have added the colours randomly because I want a mottled finish not a light to dark or dark to light, inside to outside effect as is normally done with Distress Ink blending.

7. Add some darker patches (Worn Lipstick) for added interest.

8. Finally go over any white areas with the lightest colour (Spun Sugar) and randomly over the whole piece again, which smooths out the blending too.

9. Place the piece between two sheets of typing paper and iron on a fairly high heat without any steam.  This technique is one that Tim Holtz calls “Faux Batik” in some of his books and DVD’s, but I call it “Flat Resist” because it is the beauty and depth of the clear embossing resist without the dimension or gloss.  It really makes people want to touch it and find out how you got the depth with the dimension.  (My cute little iron is a Travellers Iron from Harvey Norman about five years ago)

10. This is how your piece will look once all of the embossing powder is gone.

11. Now emboss your piece with your Cuttlebug (or Sizzix, Vagabond, etc).  I have used the Cuttlebug Diamonds in the Rough Embossing Folder.

12. This is how your piece will look after being dry embossed.

13. Now cut your piece using the die/template you decided on in Step 1.

14. Ink the raised areas and edges with Black Soot Distress Ink and either of the blending foam tools (mentioned earlier).  If you were to do the stamping of the swirls with a brown, I would use a brown for this final step also.

And in case you have forgotten what the original card looked like after my long-winded explanation of how to create just one part of it, here it is again.

I hope you have fun with this technique combination and I would love to receive your comments, especially with links to your interpretation of my tutorial and/or card design.

3 thoughts on “Tutorial: Single Layer Collaged Background

  1. Just discovered these tutorials, Alicia. They look good and I will have a go at them. Thanks for putting these online for us

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