Hello! There’s still time left for our monthly challenge over at Words 2 Craft By with the”Happiness is a Warm Puppy” theme – I made Halloween cards this time around. Below is the link and we’d love for you to play along:
I wanted to share a fun technique I came across some time ago by Karen Burniston of Elizabeth Craft Designs. She calls it “Modeling Paste Backgrounds”. Click here to watch her video:
In a nutshell, you add modeling or embossing paste to your embossing folder to get 3 different backgrounds. If you want to try this, you definitely need to watch Karen’s demonstration first. I decided to try this technique with my paw prints embossing folder. This is how the embossing folder looked – I apologize that the photo isn’t crisp, but you get the idea.
These are my 3 backgrounds – I think they’re cool and especially love the texture of the first one! Left to right, they are my first pass-through in the Big Shot, then the 2nd and 3rd.
Here are my Crazy (Cairn Terrier) Dogs, based on my own dogs, Brody (L) and Candi – you might recognize the Pirate from my first Happiness is a Warm Puppy post – he had a leaf on his head. I included a separate picture of Candi since her head was covered up with the witch’s hat. I used distress inks to color the dogs and accessories.
I‘d like to show you the real-life Cairn Terriers who inspired my Crazy Dogs (this pic is several years old):
That’s Brody on the left; he just turned 13 and we’ve had him since he was a puppy. Candi was our little rescue girl that we got when she was around 3. Sadly, she went to the Rainbow Bridge earlier this year, not long after her 10th “birthday.” I love this pic because Brody looks so proud – like that’s HIS little woman – LOL! My Crazy Dog version of her was lighter gray because that’s how she was as she aged. I miss her so.
Back to the cards….I used the first pass background for my Candi card. While the embossing paste was still wet, I added Clear Rock Candy distress glitter.
The 2nd pass background was the Brody card:
I did make a simple card using the 3rd background. Since this was the last one to go through the Big Shot, I had to add a shim to get the rest of the embossing paste onto the paper.
That about covers it . Thank you for stopping by and please feel free to leave comments 🙂
Playing along in the following challenges: