Nuneka on the blog today showing you one of my favorite ways of making a textured background for layouts. I love using Lindy’s embossing powders to create a resist effect, but also to add amazing texture and color. Furthermore, the two-toned Lindy’s embossing powders give us the opportunity of using different texture pastes with different results.
This technique is really easy. Start your layout as you usually do by protecting the paper with clear gesso. Then think about the composition, where will you place the focal point and other elements and embellishments… that way you will know where do you want the textured background to be more visible. In my case, I wanted some brick here and there around the two clusters.
I chose Morning Glory Azure embossing powder, which is a two-toned color: light blue on white, deep teal on black. And I applied graphite texture paste through stencils, creating this bricks pattern. All you have to do is sprinkle the embossing powder on top of the texture paste and dry with your heat tool. While drying, you’ll see how the embossing powder melts and the texture paste reacts growing.
I also use a couple of Lindy’s Starburst Sprays to color my background: Glory of the Seas Gold and Clam Bake Beige. I just wanted some light effect around the bricks, and with these two colors, I got the perfect gold shimmer I was looking for. I decided to add the sprays after the embossing powders because I wanted some of that gold shimmer to get trapped in the texture. To finish the background I just stamped some script here and there and added a little bit of white gesso with a dry brush on the bricks to reveal some of the textures. I also made some white splatters.
To build the composition, I fussy cut some elements of the paper collection and placed some chipboards that I colored with Lindy’s Magical Shakers. For a beautiful shiny effect, first I covered the chipboards with white gesso using a sponge, so I added a little texture too and not too much gesso. Once they dry, I painted them in two gold shades: Antique Gold and Glittering Gold.
Finally, I finished the layout gluing some sequins and holographic glitter. I also added a sentiment to accompany the photo.
You can watch the full tutorial on Lindy’s YouTube channel.
- Embossing Powder: Morning Glory Azure
- Starburst Spray: Glory of the Seas Gold and Clam Bake Beige
- Magical Shaker: Antique Gold and Glittering Gold
- Scrapbooking papers, clear gesso, texture paste, black ink, stencil and stamp, white gesso, tacky glue, sequins & glitter, sentiment sticker.