Monday, November 10, 2014

My POTW at Repeat Impressions

It's my turn to do the Project of the Week on both my blog and The House that Stamps Built, Repeat Impression's blog and I decided to share with you my favorite way to create backgrounds for my cards - using Bister powders and water. The process is very easy to do and every card you create is unique. Bister is a water soluble wood stain powder in many different colors imported from The Netherlands and sold in the U.S. by I Brake for Stamps here. To create beautiful backgrounds, you simply sprinkle a few granules of the color or colors you choose onto a thick cardstock or water color paper, spritz with water and watch the colors appear. Let the paper dry or help it dry faster with a heat gun, then stamp or wet emboss your images onto the paper.

For my first card above, I chose blue and natural (brown) Bisters and created the blue sky and light brown for the ground. The brown tones in the sky parts happen sometimes even when the color I chose to use was blue, but still makes for a lovely somewhat stormy sky. I stamped Repeat Impressions deer trio, large pine tree, large pine forest, clouds and little birds to created this scenic card.

For my second card, I created a square Bisters background using yellow and brown bister powders. The touch of green and blues appear somewhat magically. I stamped one of my favorite RI stamps, Crowned Crane Deco with black ink and heat embossed the bamboo with white embossing powder. On the white base card, I stamped the bamboo with black ink and grey and stamped the "Live, Laugh, Love" sentiment. I layered the bister piece onto a black frame before attaching to the card base.
I was having way too much fun designing with bisters and Repeat Impression's stamps to stop, so I made one more card to share today. This time I used a textured water color paper, less bister powders and more water to get a very light yellow and blue background. Then I heat embossed Repeat Impression's beautiful floral bouquet and colored the flowers with markers. I stamped the birthday sentiment and used a thin black marker to emphasize a few of the words.

So if you are looking for to make unique and lovely backgrounds for your cards, you may want to try Bister powders together with Repeat Impression's stamps.

I am entering these cards in the Anything Goes challenges at Vandicraft's Artistry and Paper Creator's Crafts.


Unknown said...

Gorgeous creations Karen. Thought I would pop over and return the favour hunni! Thank you for your lovely comment.
Dawn xx

Unknown said...

What some great cards. Love the backgrounds with the stamping and embossing. Thanks for stopping by my blog and looking forward to following your blog and seeing all the great things you are working on.

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Patti J said...

Wow! These are all so pretty! Love this background technique, and you've showcased your RI stamps beautifully!

Lau W said...

Wonderful creations !
Thanks for playing with us at Paper Creator !

Verna Angerhofer said...

Wonderful Bisters backgrounds and gorgeous cards created with them. I made a couple last Sunday but have not had time to work with them yet. Thanks for the reminder for me to get "with it". LOL

Cindy Groh said...

I'm a follower:) I love this card. It is such a perfect male card. May I post a link to your card on my Manly Monday blog post? It's a post where I showcase masculine cards for my readers. Let me know if you want your card in the Monday post and I'll send you a link to it after it goes live. My email is grohcm at gmail dot com. Send a link with an email so I can find your card again.
Cindy from Cre8ive Cindy Blog

Beth said...

Karen love your Bister cards have you added them to Della's gallery over at I Brake For Stamps....I am just starting to experiment with these and I love them.

Unknown said...

Thank you for explaining how you got that background, I love it! :) All of them are very pretty. Thank you for sharing on this weeks Artistry Challenge! Be sure to come back Saturday-Monday to vote for your favorite two crafts. :)
Melissa - Vandicrafts

cotnob said...

This is a fabulous selection of cards.
Thank you for joining us at Paper Creator for our Anything Goes Challenge.