Crayon Textured Backgrounds

Hi, crafty friends. Recently, I went through a creative block and it was lasting longer than I’d like. Since this is my job, I don’t have time to wait for it to come back. Whenever this happens, I find I can get out of it by just playing. My son’s crayons were laying out on my craft desk next to THIS embossing plate. I started to think what would happen if I laid paper on top and rubbed over the texture. One thing I’ve learned from Mr. Distress Ink (Tim Holtz) is as soon as you ask yourself a creative question like that, you should already be experimenting. So that’s exactly what I did…

I started with the a piece of regular white cardstock and found it to not work very well. I found some thinner cardstock but I still wasn’t happy with the results so I switched to the thinest vellum I had and I was happy with the results. I used THIS embossing plate and laid the velum on top, securing it to the plate with some removable tape. I used a dark pink and purple crayon and rubbed back and forth quickly over the vellum. It’s just like the leaf rubbings in school that I used to do. It was so fun and I loved the result. Since it’s on vellum, it gives a soft look but I like bright and bold, so I adhered it to a piece of white cardstock to make the colors pop…

I finished off the piece by adding a few of THESE frames cut with white cardstock on top with a white heat embossed sentiment from THIS stamp set. I adhered everything to a top folding note card and finished it off with a sprinkling of white hearts cut with THIS die…

For the second card…

I did the same technique but used a rainbow of crayons with THIS embossing plate. I added a white heat embossed sentiment from the same stamp set as the first card and added a few of THESE to the sentiment strip. I die-cut a white frame from THIS die set and adhered the piece to a black note card. Here’s a closer look…

I hope this inspires you to give this technique a try or just play to get out of a creative block. Try experimenting with other materials such as stencils or embossing folders for different texture options.

Thanks for joining me today. Have an awesome day.

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1 Comment

  1. Angie Keith
    March 9, 2018

    Love love love. So excited to try your rainbow birthday card. I get such a happy feeling from it. Thank you.

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