Watercolour concrete background with glitter pigment inks

Chapter: Projects   Series: Bookmarks & Cards

Grey, or more specifically concrete-like grey is my favourite background when I photograph my craft projects. I have also long wanted a concrete background on a card and so here it is.

Is this concrete enough?

I used glittery inkpads to watercolour and though it is so hard to tell from the picture, the glitter is quite pretty in person especially when you tilt the card.


  1. Trim a piece of card panel to be 1/4″ longer than a card base.
  2. Paint card panel with black and grey inks. I used tissue to apply the colours and also made some black splatters. Add blobs of gold with a brush.
  3. On separate cardstock, paint with black and gold inks. Then clear heat emboss.
  4. Die cut with foilage die on both the coloured cardstock (from step 3).
  5. Align and die cut with the foilage die on card panel.
  6. Trim off a 1/4″ wide strip from the card panel and adhere the strip near the bottom of the panel.
  7. Adhere panel onto a card base with a tape runner.
  8. Adhere the die cut foliage (from step 5) onto the negative space on the panel. Followed by the other two die cut pieces (from step 4).
  9. Die cut the flower and its pod on white and gold cardstock respectively.
  10. Align and adhere foilage pieces onto the card panel.
  11. With a foam dot, attach the white flower die cut, followed by the middle pod.
  12. Die cut the hello on black cardstock (from step 3) and three more times on plain cardstock. Stack and stick all the pieces together.
  13. Adhere the word onto the panel. I painted some gold onto the wordStick down some sequins as well.

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