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For this outing into the world of collage I thought a good place to start was using the ’10 Minute Collage’ Technique (sometimes known as Take 10 Technique or 10 from 1 Sheet Technique)

For those of us who are afraid to try collage I think this is a very good place to start because you don’t feel like you are actually creating a collage!

The reason Ive called it the 10 Minute Collage is because when you stamp your collage sheet you need to work as quickly as possible – no thinking allowed. Just stamping 🙂

I find it best to work as quickly as possible because it adds to the randomness of this technique and you dont stress over the small details, instead you are concentrating on filling in all the small spaces on your card sheet.

However when it comes to making the actual cards you made using this technique it will take you a little longer than 10 minutes 😉

Read on for more details on what to do…

What You Will Need:

  • A4 Sheet Cream Card Stock (average printer sized sheet)
  • Black Dye Based Ink Pad (I used Memories)
  • Rubber Stamps to a specific theme – pick out approx 5 – 8 different stamps in different sizes. (I chose a time theme)
  • Cosmetic Sponges
  • Colorbox Options Paint Box Inkpad – or any rainbow or pigment ink pads (for the coloured background)
  • 10 Minute Collage Template
  • Paper Trimmer or Craft Knife, Cutting Mat and Ruler
  • Black and Dark Colour Papers (for layering)
  • Card Blanks
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Embellishments

How To Create:

First of all you need to print the 10 Minute Collage Template onto a sheet of paper. Set this aside and don’t think about it till after!

Secondly; Ive named this technique the 10 Minute Collage because it enables you to stamp and create collages in under 10 minutes – please note however it depends on how fast you can stamp!! The actual card making and assembly time will take a little longer! 🙂

Stamping The 10 Minute Collage:

Now take your large sheet of CREAM card stock – you are going to STAMP it 🙂

First of all let me explain why you are working with cream card stock instead of white.

I’ve found when making collage type cards that it’s better to stamp on colour card stock as opposed to white.

The reason for that is – when you smoosh and add your inkpad colours to the card – you don’t have to work quite so hard to get a nice even background colour.

If you use white – the background is very stark and you need to add a LOT more ink to cover this up!

Therefore if you use colour card stock you don’t have to work quite so hard; the added bonus is that you don’t run your inkpads out as much either! Any light colour card stock will do – or darker for that matter; tan, pink, blue, green etc etc. Cream is my favourite so we are using that!

Right now to STAMP….

1.     On your sheet of cream card, start with your largest rubber stamp, and randomly stamp the largest stamp on your sheet of card stock approx 3-4 times – less if it’s a very large stamp.

Stamping Tips:

You want the images to be really spaced out, vary the angles which you stamp at – i.e. move the stamp around in different directions. Don’t be afraid to stamp UPSIDE DOWN! Remember you can stamp OFF the card stock too! Don’t over think – just stamp!

2.     Next take the next size down stamp and stamp this a couple of times across the sheet – again vary the angles you stamp at and don’t be afraid to stamp upside down! Repeat this step using the next size down stamp and continue until you come to your smallest stamps – the small tiny stamps will be your ‘space fillers’ use these to stamp in the blank un-stamped areas to fill them out a little.

Using this method you wont need to create ‘masks’ for your images as you are not overlapping any of the stamped images, also by working from the largest down to the smallest you are making sure the stamps will fit together in the spaces. If you use unmounted stamps you can control the positioning a lot better especially if you use a clear acrylic mounting method.

Allow ink to dry thoroughly before proceeding to the next step to add your background colour…

Adding Colour To The 10 Minute Collage:

Colour is the most important part of collaging – pick the wrong colours and you can end up with a colour clash! You want the colours to blend and compliment one another – you don’t want one colour fighting for attention over the others. Some people use a colour wheel to help them choose their colours – I opt for an easier method! I tend to use colours which are ‘made up’ of other colours – this is my own ‘family colour theory’ and it works for ME!

Yellow Family – Colours Are: Yellows, Oranges, Browns and Greens – all these colours work well together because they are all yellow based colours – in other words to get the colour orange you need to add red and YELLOW. To mix green you need to add blue and YELLOW – they share the colour YELLOW. I call this my ‘Yellow Family’ and use these types of colours together…bear in mind there are plenty of different shades of yellows, oranges, browns and greens so you can come up with lots of different styles and colour schemes.

Red Family – Colours Are: Reds, Purples, Oranges and Pinks – This is my ‘Red Family’; all the colours in this family have the colour RED in them and therefore they go well together and compliment one another.

Blue Family – Colours Are: Blue, Purple, Greens – My ‘Blue Family’ all of these shades of colours use blue so therefore they work well together.

Finally you can mix your families together! But be careful not to cause family rows 🙂 as not all colours are compatible! However both the blue family and the yellow family get along well with the Red family!

White and Black can be added to any of the colour families – they are neutral colours and therefore don’t clash instead they highlight and bring contrast to the colours. Don’t be afraid to use black and white – remember they are colours too!

Starting with your lightest colour first, tap your cosmetic sponge into your inkpads and apply colour over the entire surface of the card – literally rub it all over – don’t be afraid of adding colour – the more the better!! I tend to start with a nice yellow and then work my way up in darkness’s, after yellow I tend to apply random areas of orange, and greens and browns – smoosh a little here and a little there so that you have little bursts of colour over the page. Don’t be afraid of adding colour – it won’t hurt you J It’s your friend! The more colour you add the more striking your overall collage. See below to see what my collage sheet looked like after Id stamped and added colour to it:

Now for the FUN PART!

Cutting The Collage Sheet Up:

1.     Take the sheet of paper with the printed template on it which you printed earlier and place it over the top of your collage sheet so you can see the lines.

2.     Now if you are using a paper trimmer – place both the printed template sheet and the stamped collage on your cutter and cut along all the lines on the paper – the jagged line is a TEAR LINE so you need to tear this to separate (don’t be neat when you tear!)

If you don’t have a paper trimmer – do the same as above only with your craft knife and ruler!

3.     Once you’ve cut apart your collage sheet you then use the cut out sections to make at LEAST 10 different collage style cards! See all the card samples on this page for examples on how to layer. I find you get a better contrast if you mount the collage pieces onto black or dark card stock.

This is one of the very easiest ways to make collage cards and is perfect if you have never tried collage before and have always wanted to try! I hope you enjoy it!

10 Minute Collage Card Gallery


I came across a pile of found treasure when we were on a walk with Harry our Jack Russell Terrier dog…SLATE! And lots of it! I spent a long time picking it up as I went around with the intention of using it as natural embellishments for this issue.

Slate makes me think of Welsh Slate and traditional ‘Slate Art’…I remember when I was a wee kiddie being dragged around Welsh Gift Shops while on holidays in Wales, as my mother used to love collecting pictures painted in white on Welsh slate…so when I saw the naturally formed pieces of slate on the ground I knew I wanted to recreated that lost art using rubber stamps!

Read on for the low down on how I rubber stamped on slate!

Supplies Used For Stamping On Slate

* Flat Natural Slate
* Moonshadow White Brilliance Inkpad (Tsukineko)
* Baby Wipes
* Heat Gun

All Rubber Stamps Used By Scottish Borders Stamping

How To Stamp On Slate

First of all you need to get some slate! So take a look around when you go for country walks as you could be walking on slate! The best kind of slate to pick up is small flat thin pieces, the flatter the better. But remember slate is a natural element so it is impossible to get perfectly flat pieces!

Once you have your slate you will need to wash it, I left mine soaking in hot soapy water. Then I rinsed it all off, and set aside to dry overnight.

Now to get stamping your slate! I tested several types of inkpads, and Brilliance inkpads came out best for me. They are very moist, and give you a nice juicy impression. I chose white ink because I wanted to emulate traditional slate art.

Chalk inkpads may also work, I didnt try them, but they are pretty similar to Brilliance in how they work, so give them a go and let me know if they work or not!

Now the best method of stamping on slate, is to ink your stamp up with Brilliance, turn your inked rubber stamp; rubber side up on your work table, and press the actual slate onto the rubber itself.

If you dont get a good stamped impression at this point, dont panic, simply wipe the ink off with a baby wipe, let dry for a few seconds and try again! I stamped on the slate a few times till I got the hang of it, wiping off my mistakes each time, until I was happy with the image impression.

Once you are happy with how it looks, either let the ink on the slate dry naturally, or heat set. You dont need any sealer on the slate because Brilliance inkpads dry permanently.

Once stamped you are ready to use your slate embellishments in your stamped art!

You can use them as they are, or edge them with leafing pens to add further interest.

When affixing them to card I used heavy duty double sided sticky tabs.

This technique is similar to the Textured Glue Resist Background Technique also featured in Techniques Zone.

This time we are using cheap PVA Glue to create a resist area on our actual rubber stamped art so that when we smoosh colour over the top our stamped images are left untouched by the background colour! Its a cool effect and with a little experimentation you can create different effects and styles…

What You Need:

* Coloured Matt Card Stock – I used cream and yellow
* White PVA Glue
* Embossing Heat Gun
* Memories Inkpad in: Black, Hunter Green and Art Print Brown
* Post It Notes
* Scissors
* Pigment Inkpads in various colours (I used Colorbox Paint Pad Brights)
* Kitchen Tissue (or toilet paper)
* Paint Brush

Rubber Stamps Used:
* Harlequin Background (Hero Arts)
* Winged Face in Clock (Stampers Anonymous)
* Time Word (Time To Stamp)
* Large Clock Face (Non Sequitur)
* Pocket Watch (Gotcha Images)
* Small Watch (Angel Art Stamps)
* Life Is Fun (Hero Arts)
* Time Is Eternity Background (Non Sequitur)


1. Repeat stamp Harlequin background onto card stock with art print brown memories inkpad.

2. Repeat stamp time is eternity word background with hunter green over the top.

3. Stamp face with wings stamp using black memories as shown in the scan above.

4. Now stamp the large pocket watch with black as shown, and stamp again onto post it note paper and cut out to create a mask of the image and place over the stamped image on your card.

5. Over stamp the large clock face so it overlaps the pocket watch mask as shown in the scan.

6. Stamp the small watch and life is fun word to finish.

7. Heat set your card with your embossing heat tool to make sure your inks are properly dry.

8. Take your paint brush and carefully paint over the top of all your stamped images. You want a nice smooth thin coat of glue. You can also add accent to the card background as well if you wish – this is optional.

9. Heat set the glue to dry it.

10. Take 2-3 different pigment inkpads and smoosh them over your card stock. I used pink, blue and lilac. Do not be afraid of applying pressure and getting a good firm smooshing of ink.

11. Take your kitchen/toilet paper towelling and gently wipe across the areas where your glue is on the stamped images. As you do this you will notice that you are lifting off the pigment ink from the stamped images and create a resist effect. The pale colour of the card stock will be visable only where the actual glue is.

12. Heat set.

Your glue resist stamping art is complete!

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):

These backgrounds are both very VERY easy to make, the hardest part is waiting overnight for the glue to dry!!! – impossible if your impatient like me 🙂

For these backgrounds all you really need to have is some cheap white gloopy glue – or PVA glue as it is otherwise known. All other ingrediants can be improvised for items you DO have so dont worry if you dont have all the bits and pieces…

First of all there are 2 variations of the glue background techniques, the list of supplies needed below applies to both technique variations.

You are getting real value for money because technically this is two background techniques in one!

What You Need:

  • PVA Glue – or any cheap white clear drying school glue.
  • Quarter Sheet White Card Stock (matt)
  • Plastic credit card or scraper tool (see below for more details)
  • Plastic Fork (optional)
  • Pigment, Dye Or Chalk Inkpads
  • Paper Towel (kitchen roll type)

Both of these techniques CAN get messy in the first stages so protect your work surface with either newspaper or a nonstick craft sheet.

Glue Resist Background Technique One:

These backgrounds use glue to create an unique distressed resist effect on your backgrounds – kinda shabby chic like!


First of all before you begin you need to get a paint scraping tool – you can buy one, or you can make your own! I use a fake plastic credit card ie those store loyalty points cards are perfect.

On one side of the credit card cut some teeth into the edge using scissors, this transforms your credit card into a combined combing and scraper tool.

See picture below for what mine looks like:


Once you have your scraper tool you are ready to begin.

1. Squirt a generous dollop of white pva glue onto the centre of your card stock, use the credit card scraper tool to spread the glue all over the card surface.

You want the glue to be thick and gooey, use the scraper tool to lift off excess glue here and there and wipe it onto scrap paper to discard.

Use the comb part of your tool to drag the points through the glue to create texture, lines and cross hatches etc (you could use a plastic fork if you prefer)

Once your happy with how it looks, leave it overnight to dry.

Tip: Because it takes so long to dry, why not prepare lots of gluey backgrounds ready for a background making session the next day!

Once the glue has dried your ready to begin!

2. Take either a chalk inkpad or a dye inkpad

Note: if your using chalk pads you can dtp direct to the surface. If using dye inks you need to use a sponge to transfer the ink.

Swipe the inkpad color of your choice all over the surface of the glued background. Be generous with the ink as you want it to seep into all the nooks and creases. Dont worry if its too dark.

3. Use a paper towel to rub over the surface of the inked glue background, rub off excess inks here and there to create a distressed resist effect. Keep going till your happy with how your background looks – its finished when you like it!

Tip: A tiny splash of water on the background will help remove even more colour – dont use too much water as it can make the glue sticky. If this happens just set it aside to air dry.

Heres some scans of the backgrounds I created earlier – these were all made using Chalks Inkpads:





Gloopy Glue Background Technique Two:

For these backgrounds you use the glue to make random swirls and drips on your backgrounds, they are really fun and easy to make!


1. Take your card and sit it on the work table, gently squeeze the bottle of glue and use it to randomly sweep glue lines and dribbles all over the surface of the card.

Dont worry about neatness or how they look – just swing your wrist and let the glue fall where it falls.

Set aside your background to dry overnight – as before make up a batch so you have plenty to work on the next day!

2. Using a pigment inkpad – the reason I chose pigment is because it doesnt dry on the glue at all and therefore enhances this background even more. Rub the pigment inkpad all over the surface of the card – be generous. Use several colours if you wish.

3. Take a dry paper towel and rub it over the surface, pay particular attention to the glue patterns as you want to buff and remove the pigment ink from the glue to create an unique resist pattern. Your background is complete!

Heres scans of my gloopy backgrounds all created using pigment pads:





I hope you have fun making these 2 glue background techniques!

As always please share what youve created and leave a comment to let me know what you think or if you have any questions!