Tuesday, December 19, 2017

ECD December Challenge - Backgrounds

This month's challenge over at Elizabeth Craft Designs was a background challenge.

So this was fun!  All you have to do is die cut your words from a removable mask, lay them on your paper, sponge colour over them, spritz with water and repeat!  The variety is endless!  My theme is winter, but I could easily stamp Merry Christmas on the inside and voila!  a Christmas card!  Or what about a birthday card, or anniversary.... or .... or.....or...!

For today's challenge, Elizabeth Craft Designs will be giving away Gift Card to use on their website to 3 lucky winners.  To enter, simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge Blog Post!  Good luck!

Here is how to make this card.  It's such a fun technique!


ECD Supplies: Elizabeth Craft Designs, Inc.
A Way With Words Brrrrrr die  QFD site
A Way With Words Let it Snow QFD site
Soft Finish Cardstock in white 
QFD Clear Double Sided Adhesive 

Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper
Ranger Distress Oxide Ink – Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans, Broken China
Ranger Ink Mini Blending Tool
Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper
Spritzer bottle
Core’dinations cardstock in Nassau Blue and Royal
Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper
Avery removable labels (I used name tag sized ones)
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares 


  1. Form a 7 x 5" tent-fold card base from blue (Nassau) cardstock. Cut a piece of Specialty Stamping Paper about 7 x 5".  You will trim this later to fit the card front.
  2. Die cut Brrrrrr and some snowflakes from masking paper (see supply list).  Designer Tip: I used both the Avery and Inkadinkado products. The Avery was more sticky, but both did the job well!  Remove the release paper from the back of the words and place them on your Specialty Stamping Paper.  Sponge Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink over the whole surface including the masked words.  Spritz the surface with water and allow to dry.  You will see the small "snowflake" speckles appear in the inked surface. Larger drops will give bigger "snowflakes". (This almost looks like a crackle!  It appears crackled from multiple layers of spritzing.)
  3. Remove the masked images and move them to a new place on the paper. Yes, they'll still be sticky enough to work!  Now sponge Broken China over and around parts of the masked words.  Spritz again and allow to dry.  Repeat with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink. Remove the masking words.  Trim to 6.5 x 4.5".  Cut a mat from white cardstock approximately 1/8" and adhere together.  Mount this panel on the card base with foam adhesive.
  4. Die cut Let it Snow twice, once from white cardstock and once from dark blue (Royal). Die cut one snowflake from white. Layer them with the dark words slightly offset to create a slight dropshadow effect.  Adhere the words and snowflake to the paper as shown.

Have fun with this technique. The effect can be very subtle or very stark. Try them both.  Mix up your Distress Ink colours. And there are lots of words you can use as a background!!
Thanks for visiting.  Now head over the the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to enter to win! 
Good luck, Suzanne

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful card!!! I love how the Brrrrs in the background look like it's all misty or snowy outside.


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