I tried the rubber band background technique. I really like the look of the background. I took a clear block and wrapped different width rubber bands on it. Some were twisted and some were flat on the block. I used 3 different color inks. I went lightest to darkest when I stamped. I took the ink pad and tapped in on the rubber bands to make sure they were covered and just stamped on my paper. The green was the last color I used and I stamped diagonally on the paper for more texture.
Lavinia stamps used: Althea, sea creatures, marine kelp, Flo, mini urchin, and mini crown.
I used distress and oxide inks with a blending brush. When I was done with everything I thought it needed more around the edges and used distress faded jeans to darken around the edge. I used olive marker to darken some of the marine kelp to give dimension. I used gel pens and wink of stella cuz I love sparkle. Of course Althea needed major sparkle and I used Spin It Ice Queen glitter for her body and alittle darker blue for her tail and wings. For Althea's hair I used two blue gel pens and a white one. The green on the sides are from Althea's hair that I inked green and stamped down the sides.
Here are the inks I used to create the background. For
something different I went on a diagonal when applying the
inks with a blending brush.
I used used 7 Lavinia stamps on this project.
I stamped the images with Versafine Clair inks.
Here is the image without any embellishing with gel and glitter pens.
You can see that the card is pretty but doesn't pop.
I love sparkles so I add a lot of sparkles to it. If you
are not a sparkle person embellish the project with
white and colored gel pens.
Here is the finished project.