Sunday, December 7, 2008

Make your own background paper II

Kaleidoscope Krearor 2.0 by Kaleidoscope collections is a great program to make your own paper. Inset your own photos and create a bunch of different backgrounds. Print your creations on different paper for different looks.

This started as a photo of an iris from my garden.

Design using the flower Kaleidoscope and print in different sizes onto photo paper.

Die cut the flowers. Hint, use a piece of tape to hold in place while cutting. Cut out around the remaining flower shape to form large flowers and cut around tiny Kaleidoscopes to form the centers. Layer these with pop dots to form the flowers; cut and emboss the leaves.

Make your own background paper - Part 1

Make your own background paper.

Get the paper very wet with water and let it sit for a few minutes, then while paper is still wet, spray on one or more colors of the color washes.

The color should travel along the water and blend nicely.

To give the paper bold splotches, sprinkle or spray rubbing alcohol onto paper. To give the paper a subtle pattern, sprinkle with table salt while the paper is still wet. Once the paper is dry, brush off the salt.

ABC PLAY books

In the May/June 2007 issue of Altered Arts magazine, I created some uniquely shaped enameled books. These books are created using Wizard Die Cut & Embossing System, Krafty Lady Art Moulds and Opals Embossing Enamel, all available from Midnight Art Stamps. I decided to take this to the next level and create some letter shaped books using the Shazzam alphabet from Spellbinders; these are my ABC PLAY books.