Totally Techniques: Crinkled Backgrounds

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Welcome to the Totally Techniques International Design Team blog hop!  I am Lynsay Mahon, from Edmonton, Canada, and you have just arrived here from Zoe Tant’s blog in the UK

This month we are focusing on a technique called “Crinkled Backgrounds.”  The basics of the technique are:

  1. wet a piece of cardstock
  2. crinkle it
  3. allow it to dry
  4. apply ink directly to the crinkled paper

I decided to experiment with this technique a little bit!

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For this card, I cut out a circle using the Stitched Shapes framelits.  I sprayed with water and crinkled, then allowed to dry.  But instead of using classic ink to apply to the background, I used versamark, which is a clear, sticky ink, so that I could apply clear embossing powder and create a laquered look to the circle.  I love to mix embossing powders for a cool effect, so I sprinkled just a tiny amount of silver embossing powder into the clear for the speckles. Here’s another look at the finished project:

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For the second project, I decided to also experiment with the type of paper!  I used the designer series paper “Petal Passion” and coloured it with my Stampin’ Blends.  After I was finished colouring, I sprayed it with water and allowed it to dry.  Then I used the versamark to apply clear embossing powder.  I applied 3 layers of embossing powder to really play up the lacquered look.

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I love how it kind of looks like paper mache!

I kept the greeting simple and did not add any other embellishments because the background is so beautiful! Here’s another look:

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Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check out the rest of the blog hop – we have a talented group of demonstrators from around the world sharing their version of this technique!  Keep hopping by clicking the links below:


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Order of the Hop for March

Annette Elias Netherlands
Zoe Tant United Kingdom
Lynsay Mahon Canada
Nadine Weiner Germany
Paula Dobson New Zealand
Barbara Meyer Austria
Kelly Acheson United States

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6 thoughts on “Totally Techniques: Crinkled Backgrounds

  1. Love the crinkled designer paper! I’ve nerve thought of crinkling DSP because I don’t want to damage my precious DSP but not it doesn’t damage it. It gives extra texture and makes it prettier, doesn’t it! Thank you for the great inspiration.


  2. I think this has been experimental for many of us and the results are fab. I love that you added the versamark and embossing powder. It looks fab. Super cards thanks for being in the hop. Zoe xx


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