OCC Background Check Class- Day One

Class information can be found HERE

The newest class from Online Card Classes started yesterday and I was inspired to create a card. I have been in a major creative funk lately, so this is exactly what I needed! There were several background techniques shared during Day One, but I chose to do Jennifer McGuire‘s VersaMark and dye ink technique for this background…

I used THIS dye ink to cover a panel of white cardstock cut from THIS die. I inked up THIS background stamp with VersaMark ink and stamped it on top. At first you don’t see much, but as it dries, it creates a subtle texture. I love this technique! 
Here’s a closer look…
I used THIS stamp set by Lawn Fawn and stamped the images using THIS ink. I colored in the images with some Spectrum Noir markers, cut them out and adhered them to the card along with a greeting from the set that I white heat embossed. Oh, and that banner shape is from THIS same die set. 
I enjoy decorating the inside of the card as well so I did the same process to make a panel on the inside…
THIS die was used for the speech bubble…one of my most used dies! I added some wink of stella to the fish for some shine and finished off the card by adding some bubbles with glossy accents. 
If you look closely, the bubbles are not clear. This technique made the bubbles have a blue tint instead of clear. I think it soaked in some of that dye ink. I actually like it better…
Make sure to check out the class HERE. It’s loaded with inspiration! 
Oh, and the winners from the previous post HERE are….all of you who left a comment! There were only four comments and I was going to pick three but I’m going to pick all of you! Please hit the CONTACT button on top of the blog and send me your address. Thanks again for taking the time to comment. I appreciate it.
Have a great day! 


  1. Jean
    August 4, 2015

    Wow, wow and more wow – great take on the technique shown in class!

  2. Kelly Flaherty
    July 31, 2015

    Heather, I just found you through the Lawn Fawn blog, and I'm so happy I did! You've done a terrific job with this card and I've ordered everything you used so I can make one myself. I'll be spending some time with you tonight – going through your blog to see all your marvelous works of art! Thanks so much.

  3. Valerie Doyle
    July 30, 2015

    Love your colorful card and I am also in the OCC class and enjoying it a lot. Who knew there were so many fun things to do with inks? Especially love adding Versamark with or with out actually embossing it.

  4. Sharbogast
    July 30, 2015

    This background is SO beautiful! I just love the stamp and color you chose. I also like how the glossy accents changed a little. Maybe they will start making colored glossy accents! If not, now we know how to do it on our own. ^_^ I was wondering though, do you have trouble with your spectrum noir markers making your paper pill, or tear, if you do too much blending? The brush tips are so expensive, but those bullet nibs just murder my paper if I do a lot of blending. I have to go very light with it. Thanks in advance, and thanks for sharing.


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