Hello there... I'm back with some detailed photos of how I created the background paper for this layout using the new Karen Foster Design Game Day stamp set.
The technique is actually a variation of one that has been around for years called Joseph's Coat - in reference to all the pretty colors mixed together. It was traditionally done on a glossy coated paper using dye inks, but it can work just as well on sturdy smooth cardstock using other ink types (however, if you use inks that are pigment based, be sure they are completely dry before proceeding to the stamping step).
I thought this would be a good technique to use to create background paper that incorporated the team colors - in this case, blue and red. This also works well with other colors - bright colors tend to create a more dramatic result than more muted colors.
The first step is to cover your cardstock with the colors of your choice. I used Papertrey Ink's Stamper's Select White Cardstock and dye based inks from Close to My Heart. l like the way heavier cardstock holds up to multiple layers of inking... thinner cardstocks can tend to warp.
This doesn't take much time - no need to be neat! Just get the color onto the background... I used a blending tool, but you could also use a makeup sponge, or brayer, or just rub the pad directly on the paper... markers work well for this too.
Next, you want to stamp your images in clear embossing ink (my favorite is Tsukineko's Versamark Watermark Ink) and then sprinkle with clear embossing powder. This is called creating a resist (sounds very artsy, doesn't it? time to channel your inner Tim Holtz!)
I kind of liked the splattered effect that stray bits of embossing powder create, but if this bothers you, brush off any excess powder with a small paintbrush.
and then use a heat tool to melt the powder - be careful not to burn your fingers! I find a pair of craft tweezers come in handy to hold the paper.
Now roll a brayer in dye based black ink - you want something that will layer over the colored inks, but not stick to the embossed areas (they "resist" the ink). So don't use something like a StazOn. A brayer makes quick work of this step. Ink the brayer well and then start rolling slightly off the edge of the paper - this creates a smoother finish.
Keep brayering until you have covered the entire paper - you can make this as dark as you like - just keep rolling more ink until you are happy with the look. Then take a paper towel and wipe the ink off the embossed images. The dye ink comes right off.
a closer look... see the splatters from the stray embossing powder... I like the way they look for this sports themed layout, but you can always brush off the excess using a small paintbrush before heating.
If you have never tried this technique before, I would suggest starting small... maybe something for a card. Here is the same technique except I used a glossy cardstock base. I brayered on inks from a spectrum dye ink pad for the background layer and then embossed an image over the top with clear powder.
Then I inked the image with black dye ink as above. I used this piece on the front of an invitation.