Beyond Basic Backgrounds: Altenew Academy

Today I took the Beyond Basic Backgrounds class. What great ideas they had. My favorite technique was bleaching with water using Distress Inks. I started by inking a background using distress inks on watercolor paper. Then, I took the small flower cluster from the Grateful Heart stamp set and stamped on the background using just water on the stamp, no ink. I used my MISTI because I had to stamp in the same place 3 or 4 times to achieve the amount of bleaching I desired. I stamped the entire background using this technique. Then I stamped the same flower cluster on a piece of 110 lb pale grey cardstock and colored the flowers using some metallic pens in similar colors to the back ground. I cut out the flower using the coordinating die and glued it to the background I made. I mounted all that on some black cardstock before adding it to my card base.

I used the Best Sentiments mini stamp set for the sentiment.


  1. Erum Tasneem

    March 18, 2021 at 8:29 am

    Wow!! This looks so good! That beautiful texture on the background is fantabulous and the colours look gorgeous too!!
    Thank you for submitting your wonderful work to the AECP assignment gallery.

    1. Laurie Patterson

      March 18, 2021 at 11:30 am

      Thank you.

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