02 April 2009

Technique: Create an Easy Card Background with Printed Image

Here's a quick an easy background effect to build your cards with.

For each of these Oriental themed cards I've used images from a Singaporean newspaper article relating to Chinese New Year.

To isolate any parts of the image that you don't wish to show up in the background, paint over with white gesso.

For added interest I've also brushed some gold acrylic paint.

To eliminate a parched, dry feel to the finished background, just lay a sheet of waxed paper on top and iron with a moderately hot, dry iron. Be ready to peel it back before it grips to the paint though.

Complete your card with chosen elements.


Evelyn S. said...

Oh, Carole! I LOVE your blog! It's gracious, just like you! I'm adding a shortcut to my desktop.

Sophia said...

That's a great idea! They are perfect with your images!

Lyn S said...

What a great background technique! TFS Carole!

Anonymous said...

Love these! I can't imagine how you cut all those squares out! I love the idea though, so I guess I will find out!
Diane Cooper

Kathie McGuire said...

Oh, these are so lovely~~~great idea for backgrounds. Thanks for sharing these wonderful pieces!!

Kathie McGuire

dasimonds said...

These are Fabulous!!

mimi.bricole said...

it looks great Carol, what a brilliant idea!
I will probably use it to make oriental cards... thanks for sharing!