Monday, 30 March 2015

2015 #6 Textured Bloom {by Kate Yetter}

2015 Theme 6: Grunge Paste

Hello everyone! Kate Yetter (http://scrapyardthe.wordpress.com) from The Scrap Yard joining you here this evening. I will be sharing a project focused around Grunge Paste. I love using texture in the backgrounds of my projects and grunge paste is one of my favorite tools to achieve the perfect background. Tonight I am sharing a step by step on a card using grunge paste as well as the fabulous new Eclectica stamps.


Step One: I gathered my supplies and a piece of 4x8 cardstock folded in half to be my card base.

Step Two: To match my color scheme, I colored my Grunge Paste by mixing a small amount of Fresco Finish Orchid Paint with Grunge Paste using a palette knife.


Step Three: To frame out my card, I cut a piece of recycled embellishment packaging slightly smaller than the card base and glued it to my background. Using a stencil and palette knife I applied the colored Grunge Paste over top.


Step Four: After allowing the Grunge Paste to dry a few minutes but not completely, I sprayed a clean, script stamp with water and lightly pressed it into the paste. Wash your stamp immediately to prevent the paste from drying on the stamp.


Step Five: Once the Grunge Paste is completely dry, I used a palette knife to apply a small amount of gesso over the background, including some of the area with Grunge Paste. Once the gesso was dry, I added some Distress Paint and sprayed it with water so it would run down the card creating a watercolor effect.


Step Six: I stamped a little in the background using Sepia colored ink. The background is now complete and ready to be embellished. I stamped the flower ELB16 onto patterned paper several times and cut out each once. Liquid Pearls was added to the flowers before layering and gluing the petals together. 

 ELB16


I hope you are encouraged to go all out on your backgrounds, whether it is an art journal, altered item or a card. I never tire of using Grunge Paste as it creates a whole new look depending on the stencil or color paste that you use. Be creative. I think next time I would like to try using Grunge Paste for texture on my flowers. I am not much of a card maker as I prefer art journaling but I really enjoyed playing around on this card. I hope you decide to experiment a little with Grunge Paste in your backgrounds and get out of your comfort zone to create something amazing.

Kate Yetter

The textured background makes the central "bloom" images pop, love the soft/watered down colours and the added highlight of the Liquid Pearls to the flowers, another versatile use of Grunge Paste. Thanks Kate for sharing.

We would love you to join in with challenge #6: Grunge Paste If you are inspired by any of our guests who blog with us over the fortnight, then please join in and link up your creativity HERE. 


NB.  you will get 3 weeks to participate in this challenge, as we will interrupt the usual schedule for our 3UP week which starts April 5th.

All links go in the draw to win a voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The Grunge Paste link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, April 12th, winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.

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