I had a lot of fun experimenting and ended up creating these new backgrounds, the beauty of this technique is that no two backgrounds are the same and they are very easy to create.

I started out using a large reversing stamp I have, its a great big thing the size of the front of a card blank by Comotion. In addition to the reversing stamp I used some very thin school erasers which where quite large in size. I used ordinary scissors to cut round the edges to soften them up, they ended up looking like large shadow stamps!

Read on for details of how to create these backgrounds:

What You Will Need

  • White Card – Non Glossy.
  • Large Reversing Stamp, or a Large Flat School Eraser
  • Pigment Ink Pads in assorted colours:
    I used cats eyes and artnic pads in yellow, pink, purple, green, orange, lavender, red and blue.
  • Newspaper or scrap paper to cover your work surface.
  • Water Spray Bottle filled with water
  • Rubber Brayer; This is optional, I used my fingers, you may prefer to use a brayer.

How To Create

1. Line your work surface with scrap paper or newspaper to protect it. Place your reversing stamp or large eraser on top of your work surface rubber side up.

2. Using the lightest colour of pigment ink; depending on the colour combination I wanted I would lay yellow or lavender down as my first colour. For the sake of these instructions I am going to use Yellow.

Gently smoosh the inkpad over the surface of your reversing stamp, do not cover the entire area, leave some none inked portions of the rubber showing. It helps to imagine you are ‘direct to papering’.

Next take another colour, for example orange (if you are following my colour instructions) and smoosh the ink in some of the none inked areas. Again do not completely cover the whole area.

Finally take a third colour, say green, and use this to apply bits of colour here and there.

3. Now with your water spray, squirt once to create a gentle mist of water over the top of your reversing stamp. Wait a couple of seconds to allow the water to blend the ink colours together.

4. Now leaving your stamp where it is, carefully place a sheet of white cardstock over the top of the water sprayed reversing stamp. Using your fingers (or a brayer if you prefer) gently rub along the surface of the card so that it can soak up all of the ink colour.

Quickly remove the card and put aside to dry. You may want to flatten it once it is dry if the card is too crinkly, but if you use thick absorbent card you wont need to.

Your background is now complete.

Here is an example of what mine looked like:

Experiment with different colour combinations. I have just given instructions for using yellow, orange then green. Why not try: lavender, red and blue. Or lavender, blue and green…experiment with adding more and less colours and different combinations.

You can also use erasers to create smaller and different size backgrounds for your card making.

This technique can also be used with your solid stencil style stamps!

Water Color Art Blocks

You can use different sizes of school erasers to create water colour art blocks for stamping on. These are really easy to make:

1. Using a crafters knife, or scissors, cut the erasers to split them up and make several smaller squares and rectangles.

2. Then on your newspaper protected surface, arrange the erasers in a pattern leaving a slight gap between them.

3. Apply ink to all the erasers as explained above, and spritz with water. Next carefully place card stock over the erasers, rub gently with fingers and lift.

You will have something that looks like this:

Water Color Art Background & Hand Made Cards Gallery:

You can see some of the backgrounds and cards I created in the following gallery (click on links to view them larger):