Today I am going to show you how to make some gorgeous background papers using plain old cardstock! Here are the supplies you are going to need:
Cardstock (several pieces of the same size)
Color Mist (I used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, but you could use others or make your own with alcohol ink and water)
A White trash bag
1. Begin by lying a scrap piece of cardstock down onto your trash bag. I use the same piece of scrap paper over and over, so that I am not wasting cardstock. There have been times in which I have loved how the paper ended up looking though as well, and that scrap became a background itself!
2. Mist around the edges, you will be using this scrap piece of cardstock as a mask in the beginning because you then have a saturated outer edge to your final distressed background.
3. Lift your cardstock up and this is what you will see.
(At any point in this process, you may lay a sheet of cardstock down to alter before the next step. I tend to do this throughout the whole process for a good variety of backgrounds)
4. I then like to scrunch up the middle of the trash bag, this gives a bit more texture and pattern to the paper.
4. Again, mist the trash bag lightly.
5. Lie down your piece of cardstock. Place it directly in the center of your mask and pat lightly. Then pick your paper up, set back down in another area and pat lightly. Each time that you set your cardstock down, it will soak up some of the misting on the bag. **WARNING** Your hands are going to get inked!!
6. The trash bag does not allow for the mist to dry on it, so you will be able to make several different backgrounds. Each time, simply lay your cardstock down in a different place, or different angle. I like to set just over the edge of where we masked the 12×12 off, so that I get a cool edging on the papers. I also use up all the mist by dipping and dragging flowers, ribbons, and any other kind of embellishment through it. I then scrunch up the bag (to keep it nice and wrinkly) and set it aside for future use.
Here are all the backgrounds that I was able to make during different stages of this tutorial!
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial, I would love to see any projects you create!