Dabbled Background


Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing a card using a technique I’m calling the “dabbled” background, which essentially means just splash whatever you want on a background. ūüėČ

I made this background over a year ago, when I was just playing around with the newly released Party Confetti background die. I die cut the background from some Bristol cardstock, and then started dabbling.


Honestly, since I made it a year ago, I’m not positive if I remember which ink colors I used correctly, but Hero Arts Bubblegum and Cornflower seem to be close matches. However, you could totally use whatever ink medium you want. I don’t actually recommend using Hero Arts inks often for watercoloring, as the ink seems to gunk up the paintbrush over time. Gansai Tambi and ZIG Clean Color Real Brush watercolors are good alternatives that I use.


After heat setting the ink, I dabbed a Versamark pad around the cardstock, and then heat embossed it in Copper. Some of the ink pad lines are pretty obvious – if you wanted to soften these, just use a paintbrush to softly pull away some embossing powder before heat setting.


With the background complete, the rest is simple. Adhere the background to a card base, and top with some die cut hearts and a die cut sentiment (from Love Stamp and Cut). The bottom sentiment is part of the stamp and cut set, and was heat set in White on black cardstock, then adhered to the card with dimensional adhesive.

I find it fun whenever I have free time, or if I’m in a creative rut, to reach into my box of scraps and make something. How about you? Do you have a stash of partially created cards and elements?

Thanks for stopping in today and God bless!


Cardstock: Canson Bristol
Stamps: Hero Arts Love Stamp and Cut
Ink: Hero Arts Bubblegum and Cornflower; Versamark
Other: Hero Arts White and Copper embossing powder

Tools: Cuttlebug, water, paintbrush, heat gun, Hero Arts Party Confetti die


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