This is a simple technique that creates a subtle background. The technique is easily adapted to a variety of projects. Here it has been used to create a background for a little pig, however it would easily adapt to many others including a sea or a sky background.
Time Required: Quick
- Using the embossing pen, draw a few random dashes to indicate grass and draw a couple of long stems for the flowers. Use the fine tip of the pen.
- Lightly brush green chalk over the grass, brushing away any loose powder.
- Draw a couple of flowers and dust these in red or pink chalk. More chalk can be added to build up deeper colors.
- Stamp the pig or other image as required.
There are numerous ways that this can be varied. More or less grass, for instance, or different sized flowers. Grass could also be drawn with a green marker pen and the combination of styles would give a greater impression of texture.
- Stamping the image last ensures that the image sits on top of the background and gives the illusion of perspective .
- Chalks can be blended to create new shades and hues.
- Lightly dust the color over the clear ink, building up the color as required. It is easier to add color than take it away!
- The embossing ink is clear and will be difficult to see. Hold the paper to the light to see where the embossing pen has been used.
- It is possible to get a similar effect by dipping a fine paint brush into a pad of embossing ink.
What You Need
- Paper or cardstock
- Clear embossing pen
- Rubber stamp and ink as required