by Stacey Cogswell, Independent Stampin'Up Demonstrator

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Rubbed Ink Background

Yesterday's post featured a card with a new technique that is so much fun that I can't stop creating projects with it!  I'm not sure if this technique has an official name, so I'm calling it the Rubbed Ink Background technique.  Once you master the basic technique there are so several things you can do with this background to change it up (I'll show you a few ideas.)  To start, you'll need a piece of card stock, two or three colors of classic ink and sponges.  Holding your piece of CS with one hand, pick up some ink on a sponge then rubbing in a circular motion starting on your work surface then onto the CS.  You never want to start rubbing right on the CS, because you won't get a the soft blended effect were looking for.  Rub several areas with one color then fill in the other areas with the next color, blending the two colors as you go.  If you are working with a large piece of CS, always start rubbing off from the edge into the middle of the CS.  You can add a third color if you like to darken an area or to make the edges of the CS darker.

Created By Stacey Cogswell
Copyright Stampin'Up!

For this card I used Riding Hood Red and Cherry Cobbler Classic ink for the center background CS piece.  It's hard to see, but it's has a soft two tone effect. So, give it a try and see what you think.


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