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Striped Backgrounds using Lindy’s

Hi everyone, today I’m on the Lindy’s Blog with a fun technique where I show you how you can create some fun striped backgrounds using your favorite Lindy’s colours! Let’s get started!

Step 1:

I started my project by taking a piece of watercolor paper and cutting it in half, each panel is larger than my card front will be, this way I can pick an area that I like best. With a cheap brush and some liquid masking film I then painted lines on the paper, on one panel I used thicker fewer lines and on the other panel I used thinner lines closer together. Let the masking film dry (for about an hour tops).

Wash your brush immediately with water and a little soap!

Step 2:

On the panel with the thicker fewer stripes I sprayed two Lindy’s colours and I covered the entire panel, mixing the colours in the middle. I used Azure Sea Asters (one of my favourite blues) and Mad Hatter Mint.

On the panel with the thinner stripes I only sprayed in the middle, not covering the entire panel. I used Pineapple Paradise. I totally love how this flat (not shimmery) background will turn out.

Let the liquid dry on the paper and dab of the excess color on the masking film that is not dry yet.

Step 3:

With masking film it is key that you leave it on the paper as little time as possible! Take it of as soon as possible but at least within two or three hours! If you leave the masking fluid on too long you can tear the paper underneath.

Use your finger or an adhesive eraser to rub of the masking film, start at the edge of the paper and roll the masking film towards the other end of the paper. This will leave you with some pretty striped backgrounds!

Step 4:

Die cut two rectangles (or squares, whatever your prefer) from these panels, two sizes smaller than your card base. Stamp your sentiments onto the panels using black ink in combination with a stamping tool (so that you can stamp multiple times). The sentiments I used on today’s cards are from the Altenew Birthday Builder stamp set.

Now your backgrounds are ready to decorate!

Step 5:

For my focal points I used the following stamps: Wild Rose Studio Bella with Dahlia and Penny Black Rose Bowl. I stamped these images onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth Surface paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink and I clear heat embossed afterwards using Lindy’s Clearly Clear embossing powder.

Next I colored the images using the following Lindy’s colours in combination with water and a small brush:

-  for the elephant image I used: Mad Hatter Mint Spray, Magical Shakers in Yodeling Yellow, Cowabunga Copper, Oom Pah Pah Pink and Stormy Silver;

-  for the rose image I used: Azure Sea Asters and Mad Hatter Mint Sprays, Magical Shakers in Magnolia Magenta Gold, Yodeling Yellow and Cowabunga Copper.

Step 6:

When the coloring is done I added back in some highlights using a white gel pen and I fussy cut the images leaving a small border.

Step 7:

Time to put my cards together: I die cut a slightly larger rectangle mat for each watercolor panel, one yellow and one green and adhered each set together using liquid glue. This combination I adhered to my creme coloured linen textured card base using one millimetre thick foam tape. To finish my cards I now only have to adhere the colored images on top, using one millimetre thick foam tape!

And that is it for today’s striped background project! I wish you a creative day!

Lindy’s Stamp Gang products used on today’s project:

- Sprays: Azure Sea Asters, Mad Hatter Mint and Pineapple Paradise;

- Magical Shakers: Stormy Silver, Yodeling Yellow, Cowabunga Copper, Oom Pah Pah Pink and Magnolia Magenta Gold;

- Embossing Powder: Clearly Clear.

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