Mixed Media Background Tutorial by Pam

I wonder how many of you have chosen ONE LITTLE WORD for 2014?  For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about One Little Word is a concept made popular in the scrapbooking world by Ali Edwards. The idea is to choose a word to live by which will make your life more rewarding. I’ve chosen ‘Connect’ as my word. I think sometimes I need to make more of an effort to connect with my family and friends, to connect with by body by eating better,  to connect with nature by getting out and walking more and to connect with myself through reflection and creativity.

As a little reminder of my word, I made this layout using the Paradiso collection from Kaisercraft. This is one of my all time favourite Kaisercraft collections. I love the colours, I love the retro feel, and I love the textures too. I thought I would enjoy getting a bit messy with this layout, and wanted to share with you how I created the background for this page.


1. Cut random strips of patterned paper from the collection and adhere to the background page. I wanted two distinct parts to the page as I knew I wanted to ‘connect’ them, so I lay my strips out as shown:


2. Using an old plastic card, or a spatula scrape gesso over the strips of paper. Allow to dry.

3. Lightly spray with water, then mists. Hold the paper vertically to allow the mists to run down the page in drips. Merly Impressions stocks Perfect Pearls Mists, and  Dylusions Spray Inks. See how you get some fine spray as well as those lovely runs of ink? Allow to dry.


4. Randomly stamp a background texture stamp over the page. I used the Kaisercraft Hessian clear stamp with Stazon Ink. Don’t be too fussy – you are after a random grungy look so ink up your stamp roughly and just dab it around the page.


5. Build up interest by adding more stamps, again randomly without undue care. Unfortunately the stamps I used are now retired, but I think the Decorative Tape Pieces Clear stamps would work fantastically well instead!


So, that’s it. After that it’s just a matter of layering up some more of those fabulous papers, Paradiso Collectables die cuts, lace trim and a title!!


I hope I have inspired you to create your own mixed media background paper.



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