Friday, 2 August 2019

Paper Towel Background

Loll Thompson never ceases to amaze me with her boundless ideas for fabulous techniques. This time at the CAS Mix Up Challenge she has invited us to make backgrounds using paper towels which have been used to mop up ink or watercolour during the process of making other projects. Often I have thrown them into the bin and thought how lovely the colours were. I vividly remember Darnell blotting up some Brusho colour from a stencil at a retreat and the paper towels looked amazing! 
Now Loll has come up with ways of using them for more cards.
I began by using a similar technique to Darnell... using 3 shades of green Brushos through a stencil with added spritzes of water. (Those cards will appear at some time in the future,) but for now here is the first attempt at using my blottings.
I put my inky towel over my watercolour paper and added another spritz of water before pressing it down onto the card. The colours here are really subtle and made me think of Spring so I went with a snowdrop die from Alexandra Renke. I cut out three layers and  just added the infils to the bottom layer.
The sentiment is an old stamp from Clearly Besotted. I thought that the coloured card base made a pleasing frame for the image.
CAS Mix Up - Paper Towel
Thanks again for your inspiration Loll!


  1. I love these soft spring colors with the snowdrop die cuts, Chrissie! You got a wonderful impression from the paper towel! Love that green card base too! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

  2. What a pretty card and a very eye catching effect with the technique. Loving the sentiment in the green too. Thank you for joining in The CAS Mix Up challenge with your beautiful card x.

  3. Beautifully soft colours from the paper towel transfer are gorgeous behind your white snowdrop die-cut Chrissie! Wonderful design. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

  4. Chrissie, you achieved a wonderful Paper Towel Transfer, your card is gorgeous. Thanks for joining us this month at CAS Mix Up.

  5. Love the softness of this piece Chrissie. What a beautiful approach to the paper towel technique, beautiful! xx

  6. Just wanted to say, thanks for joining us at CAS Mix Up!


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