March is National Craft Month!!! The Designer Craft Connection blog group is celebrating by bringing you some of our favorite techniques this month. I'm sharing what certainly isn't a new technique to many stampers, but it's one of my favorites and one I fall back to time and time again when I want pretty and unique background papers for my paper crafting projects. Be sure to follow the DCC link in the column on the right to see what the other participating designers have shared this month!
I think all colors are beautiful – my preferences change as often as my moods these days. Sometimes I crave cobalt blue, rich browns and deep mossy greens. Sometimes vibrant red, black & white. This time of year as spring approaches I find myself reaching for sunshine yellow tones. Every so often, pastels call out to me. However; whether it’s my toenail polish, or my artwork, I always seem to gravitate back to shades of blue-greens: teal, aquamarine, turquoise, sea glass blues & greens. The colors of the Caribbean sea always brighten my day.
Shallow baking dish
White cardstock cut to fit in baking dish
Place approximately ½” of water into the baking dish. Set aside.
Choose 2-3 shades of complementary colored chalks. Use craft knife blade to gently scrape first color of chalk onto the top of the water. Be careful not to “chunk” it – as the larger pieces will simply sink. You want a fine powder of chalk floating on the surface of the water.
Repeat with 2nd and 3rd colors.
To speed up drying time, use a heat tool. If cardstock is curled, iron on low setting to flatten.
No fixative is needed.
Repeat steps 2-3 to create additional pieces of background paper.
Add a bit of Pearl-Ex powders or use shimmering chalks for a sparkling effect. Try interference shades of Pearl-Ex powders on dark cardstock for a “galaxy” background. Layer with coordinating cardstocks, stamp directly over the background, let your creative muse guide you!