While this one is definitely not a time-saver, it was wonderfully fun to do anyway, and when started well in advance, it’s good fodder for assembly-line production . . .
The background is watercolor paper that was misted with water, streaked with Distress Stains, and then sponged with the same colors from the matching ink pads. The stains put down a lot of color fast, and then the sponging intensified the colors very quickly. Blending took place almost of its own accord, thanks to the preliminary misting. The complete coloring process took about 45 seconds total for each background. After heat-drying, I stacked the backgrounds and weighted them down overnight. Then I dusted them with anti-static powder, White-stamped/embossed the Wise Men, and misted with Perfect Pearls for a pearlized shimmer.
Cardstock: Generic Cantaloupe, Purple, Dull Gold, Watercolor paper
Stamps: The Artful Stamper Three Wise Men, Unknown “Journey”
Inks: Distress Stains/Ink Pads Wild Honey, Barn Door, Dusty Concord,
ColorBox Frost White, Adirondack Snow, Perfect Pearls Mist
Emb Powder: Judikins Detail White
Emb Folder: Cuttlebug Mesh
Dies/Punches: Spellbinders Labels 8, Wplus9 Banner Trio, EK Success Star