Faux Dip-Dyed Backgrounds | Make-A-Card with Tasha

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Hey crafty people! It’s Tasha again, here for another Make-A-Card Saturday! Today I made super easy faux dip-dyed backgrounds using some of my favourite Catherine Pooler blue ink shades. I also wanted to see how much different the same design would look using Spa inks against Party inks.

If you aren’t familiar with Catherine Pooler’s line of inks, they are separated into two lines of colours; you have the toned down, sedate Spa line and the brighter, more in your face Party line. So I chose blues from each line to create the same card to really show you the difference between the two sets.

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Making The Faux Dip-Dyed Backgrounds

I really wanted to get an effect that looks like the panels had been dipped straight into a succession of deeper and darker dyes, but in a much easier, quicker and more convenient way.

(For a better idea at what I mean head over to Instagram to check out the fun Reels video I’ve uploaded.)

I chose four blues for each background, using my ink swatches to help me match them up well and make sure that I had tones that work as an ombre effect.

For the Party background I used: It’s A Boy, Cummerbund, Something Borrowed and Suede Shoes.

I started with the lightest ink (It’s A Boy) and swiped that across an a2 panel of Distress Watercolour Cardstock, leaving plenty of the panel above this swipe that would remain un-inked. Then I added a swipe of the Cummerbund which overlapped the first swipe but didn’t completely cover it. I went back in with It’s A Boy just to soften the edge a small amount.

I carried on with the same techniques moving down the panel and through the colours.

Once I was happy with the ink saturation, I lightly spritzed the whole panel with some clean, clear water; this will soften the blends a little, so if you want more defined transitions between the shades then you could skip this step.

For the Spa background I used: Tranquil, Stone Blue, Cove Blue and Juniper Mist.

I followed the exact same steps as with the Party background.

Easy Watercoloured Florals

To turn these backgrounds into cards, I stamped out several of the two floral images from Just Soar stamp set onto some more Distress watercolour cardstock.

I let the ink dry completely, then spritzed the panel and added some of the same inks I used for the backgrounds.

Once dry, I fussy cut the florals, cutting right to the stamped line, and I added some black marker to the edges to give them a more finished look. (This will also hide any fussy cutting mishaps…so it’s a life saver for me! ?)

For my sentiment I heat embossed the adorable sentiment from the Friends Are Flowers stamp set by Trinity Stamps and I cut this out with the co-ordinating die.

I glued all of the pieces down, being careful to hide glue behind the thickest embossed lines on the back of the vellum so that my glue wouldn’t show through to the front.

A few mixed sequins from Catherine Pooler’s Vegas, Baby mix finished both cards off perfectly.

So, those are my cards for this week! I must admit I prefer the Spa background; there is just something about those gorgeous tone down blues which holds me captivated.

Do you have a favourite? Which one would you choose?

As always I am so grateful for you spending this time with me!

Check out Instagram to see the Reel!

I’ll be back next week for more inspiration!

Stay Crafty!!!



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