Peacock Background Snowflake Greetings


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:


snowflake stamps from Art Neko

small acrylic block with Tack ‘n Peel on one side

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!


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8 Responses to Peacock Background Snowflake Greetings

  1. Ellie December 5, 2016 at 6:07 am #

    Love this!! You have mastered this technique!

  2. 4hetty December 5, 2016 at 6:35 am #

    Beautiful card, Holly and a wonderful technique!

  3. Karen Gibson-Clapper December 5, 2016 at 6:36 am #

    Awesome technique you shared with this fantastic card today Holly. I am off to try that out … looks like fun! And there is nothing better in the world than inky fingers!
    Hugs, Kia

  4. Heidi Stamps! December 5, 2016 at 7:25 am #

    Wow, this is beautiful! Great tutorial!

  5. Kyra Sanders December 5, 2016 at 11:07 am #

    Finger painting at its finest!

  6. Anne December 5, 2016 at 12:17 pm #

    What a gorgeous card and wonderful technique! Thank you for sharing in so much detail! Most grateful!

  7. Bev Polen - Guneaux Designs December 5, 2016 at 7:40 pm #

    Holly, thank you for your tutorial on creating the gorgeous background on your fabulous card!! Love it!

  8. Sabrina F December 7, 2016 at 6:54 am #

    Wow, Holly, those snowflakes are just gorgeous! They stand out so well from the vivid blues, and you have such a variety of them. I’ll look forward to trying this whenever I can find some free time.

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