Monday, April 14, 2008

Weekly Tutorial - Simple Backgrounds

Happy Monday!


Hope everyone had a good weekend. It was nice again here, actually got to go outside and do some yard work. The snow is almost all melted away. Hope the weather is nice where you live.

I just recently learned a new stamping technique called Direct To Paper. I'd never heard this phrase until visiting Desiree, on Stamp with Desiree. She made a beautiful card with this technique.

Direct to paper actually just means putting your ink pad right to the paper. This is probably the easiest technique for creating a background for your card. You can use either the edge of the pad or the corner or even the entire ink surface. Each way will create a different effect.

For the top right card, I used the very edge of my ink pad to create a random "line" effect as the background. I stamped Sahara Sand ink on Sahara Sand cardstock. I was going for a masculine card style, I never make masculine cards, but I have a couple birthday's coming up for which I'll need these cards.

For the bottom left card, I used the entire ink pad surface to create a weathered appearance. I stamped Night of Navy ink on to the Night of Navy cardstock. I don't have a lot of background stamps so this technique will come in handy!

Hope you have a chance to give this a try sometime. Happy Stamping!! :)


12 comments:

Diane said...

Neat technique Denise! I especially love the 1st card,the technique goes well with the image!
TFS!!! I'll have to try that!

Alexandra said...

Great technique Denise - love the cards, they rock, girl!!! My fave is the second one, I have that set and need to ink it up!! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Kathy said...

Great cards and *gasp* you don't have a lot of background stamps????? I do admit that I do have plenty :-)

Cindy said...

I love the way you used the stamp pad to make a lined design. Great card!

Erin... said...

great job with this technique Denise, I always forget to try it and well i have a "few" b/g stamps. your coloring on the second card is just amazing!!!

LuvCraftn said...

You always make such beautiful cards! I have heard of that technique before, but never remember to use it! :-) I think I will have to try it out soon.
Have a great week!

Lauren said...

These are adorable. Great coloring.

Desirée said...

Thanks for spreading the word about DTP Denise - your cards look great! :)

www.stampwithdesiree.typepad.com

Andrea, said...

2 gorgeous cards, I love the dog with the boot, that is a really cute stamp

Jo said...

More fantastic cards Denise with gorgeous images and your colouring is wonderful. Will be in touch tomorrow....same old story..everyday life gets in the way of me doing anything I'm afraid!!!

Just me said...

Very cool. I like the top stamp so much. It is very cute. Of course I am a sucker for dogs.

Melanie S said...

I have always wanted to try the acetate and tissue tech. Your card came out beautiful.