Saturday, March 31, 2018

Totally Techniques - Crinkled Background

Welcome back to another Totally Techniques Design Team hop! This month we are doing scrunched backgrounds and its a lot of fun, so don't rule it out until you give it a try.  If you have just arrived from Annette's blog you will already know what to expect! How awesome was Annette's project - she is so talented!

These are my creations this month:

I couldn't decide which card to run with and they both have a slightly different approach using the same technique so I decided to go with both.  I followed the simple YouTube video from the Scrappy Blogger - it has universal application and I find that the pigment is really rich in the Stampin' Up! Classic Stampin' Ink Pads so they work a treat.

Card #1
Square card - base card Real Red, mounted with a square of Basic Black to pop the crinkled background which started as a piece of Whisper White card stock which I spritzed and then scrunched. I then added Brusho Crystal Colour - Red, Orange and Yellow. I then spritzed the card a little more to get the colours to blend and left it to dry. The distressed edges happened naturally.  YOu will see that there are veins of colour which are darker than some areas and the Brusho crystals faded out in less distressed areas. 
The stamped images are from Crafting Forever, I stamped them in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Whisper White card and again on the terracotta toned wood paper from Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack. I coloured the brushes Stampin' Blends and fussy cut them out, along with the pots stamped on the DSP.  
I also love texture so it was my goal to bring in different elements to layer up the card. I am giving it to an artistic person so I want for there to be lots of elements that appeal - colour, texture, design. . .
I adore the Copper Trim that can be unravelled to make netted features. I thought it went well with the colours and the concept of "artiness". I married this textural aspect in with the Copper Foil swirls cut with the Swirly Scribble Thinlits.
I wanted the sentiment to pop so heat embossed the words in white on Basic Black card and simply cut around the image at a reasonable distance. The Gold Glitter Flakes are from the Occasions Mini Painted with Love Suite. The flakes reflect copper because of the red tones of the card.
I used two separate copper foil swirls in the top left corner. They fit perfectly together. The hardest part of making this card was getting everything stuck down - with all the different elements I reverted to Tombow glue. Interestingly the background card is not quite square either by the time it has been crinkled, dampened and dried.
This photo gives you a closer look at the webbing created by crinkling the paper. The photos don't do the technique justice but I hope that it has inspired you somewhat to give it a go. I think my favourite aspect is the coper trim lol.

Card #2
Very simple square card! Base card is Crumb Cake, mounted with a square of Basic Black. The crinkled card is Very Vanilla and I have highlighted the distressed areas with Crumb Cake ink.
Stamped images are from Love You Still and Petal Palette in the Occasions Mini. Stamped the floral image in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, I inked up the stamp but didn't go all the way to the edge of the pergola posts. I then stamped again from the opposite direction to create a rectangle frame. I fussy cut the frame out including the central area. 
The flowers and leaves were then coloured in Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride and Pool party ink using an aqua painter. I dimensionalised the frame away from the sentiment card using foam adhesive strips. I had stamped the sentiment from Petal Palette on a rectangle of Very Vanilla card that was roughly the same size as the frame. 
I coated the flowers in a layer of the Fine Tip Glue to give a glossy appearance. I added pearls to pop the flowers.
I also cut our some filigree flowers using the Petals and More Thinlit Dies from the Petal Passion Suite in the Occasions Mini. I used Soft Sky card and daubered the edges with Pool Party to tie in the blue theme. These flowers are nestled at adjacent corners of the frame. The final touch to add a little more bling was to add some light pink sequins from Iridescent Sequin Assortment embellishment pack.

I hope that you have gotten some inspiration and enjoyed my projects. I think I will definitely use the technique again for some masculine cards.

Don't leave us just yet! Zoe has got the most adorable Easter card! 

See you next time!

Stay crafty,
Shanni xx

Order of the Hop for March
Annette Elias Netherlands
Shannean Moncrieff Australia (that's me!) 
Zoe Tant United Kingdom
Lynsay Mahon Canada
Nadine Weiner Germany
Paula Dobson New Zealand
Barbara Meyer Austria
Kelly Acheson United States


  1. I like both ways you've done the technique . It's awesome how scrunching can create such different outcomes. Love both your cards the paint pots are really WOW and the other card is so pretty and delicate. Zoe xx

    1. Thanks Zoe - the paint pots suit my personality lol - bold, colourful and a little untidy 😊

  2. These cards are so different, but equally as stunning! I love them both!

  3. Love your projects and very original way of using the technique on the colorful one! Isn't it fun to do?

  4. I'm always amazed by the fact that your creations look like perfect pieces of art. So pretty!

  5. Wow! it's a piece of art! I particular like the one with paint brushes. Thank you for sharing .

  6. Love your cards, Shanni - I love them both!


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