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Hi everyone and welcome to another Saturday post from Jenny here at IndigoBlu. I’ve been using English Cottage Artist’s Acrylic paints to discover which colour combinations work well together to create yummy backgrounds, and this one’s a lot softer than the one from last weekend. I had in mind vintage haberdashery as a general theme and choose background and detail stamps which reflected this best for me.




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On a plain piece of card I brayered layers of ‘Pink Iced Gems‘, ‘Banana Custard‘, ‘Miss MoneyPenny‘ and ‘Goldfinger‘ English Cottage Artist’s Acrylic paint over it until covered. When doing this you need to make sure you start with the matte colours as they are opaque and will cover the white card. The metallics are translucent and are therefore better for adding highlights.

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Stamping with the ‘Itsy Bitsy Backgrounds‘ stamps and the same paints added lots of interesting detail and depth to the background. A contrast border was created with Black Ink and the muslin background stamp from the ‘Sarah’s Choice‘ stamp set.

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The rest of the elements were left as monochrome to allow that background to shine through; the text came from ‘Sarah’s Choice‘; the corset, tape measure and thimbles were from ‘Sewing Mends the Soul‘; the ornate pocket watch can be found in ‘Take the Time‘; the rose, stamped and embossed onto vellum, came from ‘Clock Work‘; and finally, the little vellum embossed butterfly came from ‘Butterfly Collector‘.

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Simple foam pads provided support for the layering process as I collected these elements into a grouped design, and basic white buttons added a little touch of interest.

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Creating these backgrounds is so simple and effective – why not give it a go! They give you a great base to add images and text of your choice and no two will ever be the same.

As this post goes live, you’ll find me running a mixed media workshop at IndigoBlu HQ in Retford. Hopefully the participants are having fun! There are lots of varied, interesting and inspiring workshops running over the coming months – you can find all the details HERE – so why not treat yourself with some well deserved time out to improve your skills or try something new.

Hope you have a great weekend whatever you’re up to, take care of yourselves.

Jenny xxx


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7 Comments on Vintage

  1. Fabulous colour combination Jenny and the background is amazing! Jennie x

    Jennie Atkinson | September 27, 2014 at 2:03 pm () ()
  2. Gorgeous!

    marci piraro | September 27, 2014 at 5:52 pm () ()
  3. Fabulous card Jenny, love how you’ve built your layers up. Sue C x

    Sue C | September 28, 2014 at 8:26 am () ()
  4. this is so beautiful. love it x

    Theresa Pace | September 28, 2014 at 11:36 pm () ()
  5. Love this, where is my brayer. .. ! Xx

    Nikki K | September 29, 2014 at 7:59 am () ()
  6. Oh Jenny this is gorgeous, I love, love the fabulous background you created and your collage is just stunning. I am so thrilled that I took your class at the weekend now and that you taught us how to create beautiful backgrounds like this. You are, without doubt, a creative genius! Anne xx

    Anne R | September 29, 2014 at 10:59 am () ()
  7. Love the painted background and thanks for the paint tips!
    Each of the elements you have used go so well together! x

    Sue Ralph | September 30, 2014 at 4:15 pm () ()