Monday, August 26, 2013

Creating A Cloud Background

I wanted to share how I create my little cloud backgrounds I've done for so many challenges!

I like to create masks out of Post It Notes and then keep them with the stamp set.  So, below, you can see that I have a cloud mask that stays with the Bon Voyage set.  You could also use some of the Lawn Cuts (dies) to create this effect, but if you want to mask tightly, you will have to trim right to the edge of the stamped image.

And here, I'm making a new mask of the fox from Into The Woods (available August 29).  I just stamp it on a Post It and then cut it out.

To create the clouds, I usually go right to left, but you can do whatever works for you! I simply place the cloud down and then sponge around the top of it.  I usually test out the color and the sponge off to the side so the ink isn't too dark (Broken China Distress Ink was used for this project).

Once I have the first one sponged, I move over to the left.

See how easy this is????

Then I move down and go right to left again!

I just keep going as far down the page as I want.  I rotate the cloud around, so it's not an exact repeat of the same pattern over and over again.

Cool, huh? I had the mask over the fox so he wouldn't get any blue ink on him.

I peeled off the Post It and colored him in (I used Spectrum Noir Markers).  Then I stamped the little bubble in red and trimmed around it.

Here is the finished card.  I added a background from Woodgrain Backdrops (available August 29), some Washi tape and a few shiny hearts to the bottom!

I hope you'll give this technique a try! It's super easy, with professional looking results. Have fun!

Stamps: Lawn Fawn
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Broken China, Hero Arts Shadow Ink (Pale Tomato), VersaMark
Washi: We R Memory Keepers
Markers: Spectrum Noir
Die: Simon Says Stamp (Hearts)


  1. Thank you for the great tutorial... love the bg clouds!

  2. This is such a perfect CAS card.. and I love that you show little tutorials on how you did the clouds.. how awesome! I am out and about checking out blogs.. thanks for letting me peek at yours, and for trying out for the TAWS DT. :) I will be in touch soon.. HUGS -Ali


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