Inspired by a wonderful blog post HERE by Vicky Pappaioannou recently, I tried my own version of her idea. She was working on an 8" x 8" journal page, so I downsized in order to fit the proportions of a standard sized card base . . .
I am a big fan of smooshed backgrounds* and that's what I did here with Distress Oxide inks. After that came some spattering in both black and white, a little randomly applied text, and some sporadic stenciled lettering with black paste. I'm happy with the results and plan to use this combination of techniques in a variety of colors many more times in the future!
*Press and twist the Distress ink pad onto your craft mat. Use two or three colors, then mist. Lay your cardstock onto the ink and press to transfer the color, then heat dry. Repeat to add droplets and texture, heat drying between each layer.
Cardstock: The Paper Cut Eames White,Strathmore #90 Watercolor
Stamps: My Favorite Things Diagonal Stripes, Amuse Script
Inks: Distress Oxide Broken China, Cracked Pistachio,
Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo,
Black Soot, Archival Coffee
Colorants: Claudia Hellmuth Studio Black Gesso
Dies: Lil Inkers Stitched Mats: Rectangles, Mama Elephant
Peek a Frame, Memory Box Butterflies: Darla, Vivienne,
Tim Holtz Alphanumeric “SOAR”
Stencil: The Crafters Workshop Mini Ledger
Doo Dads: Wink of Stella Clear