Peacock Background Snowflake Greetings …
Hi everyone! It’s Holly posting today, and I’m sharing the fun background tutorial that I hinted at last week. I call this the Peacock Background, even though there are no peacocks on this card. The peacock moniker comes from the fact that I used a peacock distress ink to create this background. I went to a retreat a couple of months ago, and the hostess shared this awesome technique with us there. She actually got the idea from the fabulous Jennifer McGuire, but she changed some of the ink colors and stamps. So I’m adapting this technique to use with the wonderful snowflake stamps from Art Neko today. These snowflakes are from the Victorian Christmas sheet (A167) and the sentiment is from the Charming Christmas Characters 1 sheet (A137).
Are you ready to get started with this technique? Let’s start with the supplies you need:
hot press watercolor paper
Versamark ink pad
white embossing powder
Mermaid Lagoon distress ink
Blueprint Sketch distress ink
Peacock Feathers distress ink
nonstick craft mat
mister bottle filled with water
heat tool (not pictured)
Step 1: Use the Tack ‘n Peel block to stamp the snowflakes with Versamark onto the hot press watercolor paper.
Step 2: Cover the snowflakes with white embossing powder, shake off the excess, and melt the powder with the heat tool.
Step 3: Smoosh the three distress inks onto the nonstick craft mat.
Step 4: Spray each pool of ink with water.
Step 5: Dip your fingers into one of the pools of color and tap your inky fingers onto your snowflake embossed paper.
Step 6: Repeat with the remaining colors. Use your heat tool to dry the colors when it gets too wet. Keep dipping your fingers into the inks and tapping them onto the paper until the background has the desired look.
Step 7: Use the heat tool to dry the piece completely or let it sit for several hours. Use as desired.
A note of warning – your fingers will be blue for at least two days. You can wear a latex glove if you want to avoid inky fingers. Feel free to try this technique with other distress ink colors, such as reds, greens, purples, and even browns. Distress inks are the best for this kind of technique. You can try this with other dye inks, but they may not react as much with the water, and you may not achieve this result. I used hot press watercolor paper because it is smoother and easier to stamp on. The watercolor paper is stronger than regular cardstock and it will not warp as much.
I’d love to see your creations if you decide to try this technique! Have a wonderful week!