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Sun 12

Creating Metallic Marbled Backgrounds
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I don't usually start with the close up shot of my card, but trying to get metallic paint to show up in a picture is really hard, and this picture showed the technique I want to discuss today the best.

Here is what the full card looks like.  You can't really see the metallic colors in the front shot:


I find making watercolor backgrounds to be very relaxing and a great way to show off my die cut images.  In particular, I like to pair them with solid dies so that the pattern of the die and the pattern of the paper don't interfere with each other.  Adding some metallic watercolor paint to the mix adds a bit of glitz and glamor to the finished project.

To make my background, I started with heavy 140lb watercolor paper and taped it to a heavy piece of cardboard using painter's tape:


Taping the paper down is a good idea because it won't curl as you add more and more paint to it.  I let the paper dry completely before removing the tape.

I used two kinds of paint to make my background:


The paint on the left is a 12 pack of Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor paint.  You can absolutely use any watercolor you like.  I particularly like this paint for this project because it is a thicker, more opaque watercolor that reminds me a bit of acrylic paint.  I used this paint set for the base of color.


I started by scribbling blue and black paints.  The first layer was quite unimpressive.  Don't worry, just keep adding goopy, wet paint on top:


Notice how it keeps getting darker and darker and darker and more blended.  I forgot to take a picture of this step, but I also added a few splotches of white watercolor paint that softened some of the black areas into lighter grey areas.  When you get the color that you want, and while the paint is still wet, switch to the other palette of watercolor paint.

I used the Fine Tec Metallic paints for the second part of the project. I absolutely love how shiny these paints are.  I bought them from Birch Press design, and you can find them here.  Birch Pres is having a weekend sale and if you use the code "CRAFT20 " by the end of Sunday, May 12th, you get 20% off your entire order.


Make the paint really wet and add splotches of color to your first layer of paint.  Also, drag the brush through the various colors so that it adds some metallic veining to your paper.  It is hard to see the metallic colors when the paper is when, but as it dries, you will see the metallic paint pop.  I used two different golds and some of the silver so that I had a variety of shimmery colors.  Here is a close up once again:


And when you add the white flowers:


Notice I added a layer of gold paper behind my watercolor paper to really make the metallic colors pop. 

My last piece of advice is to make a lot of backgrounds at once. I probably made about 15 backgrounds during my painting session.  If you take the time to get out water, brushes, and paint, you might as well make extras to have on hand.  Also, remember that if you have a background that you don't like, save it for diecutting later.  I promise that using pieces of your painted backgrounds will look incredible.

Would you like a chance to win the Daisy Silhouette dies? Just add a comment to this post by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, May 12th. One winner will be selected at random to win the new pair of floral dies. All winners will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, May 13th at 6pm EST. Good luck.  Don't forget today is the last day to enter all of the other contests as well.







I love that background against the stark white daisies, it really pops!

Love this pretty, dainty flower! And your BG is really amazing and shows off the new die well.

Wow! Your background is stunning. What a great way to show off the lovely daisy die. Thanks for the step by step instructions.

Very pretty with the metallic background.

Gorgeous! I thought this background was alcohol inks on silver sparkle paper, at first. LOVE this! What a fun technique!

Thanks for the background instructions. The flowers really stand out on this card. Hope this Mother's Day was/is special for you!

Wow lindo efecto me encanto los colores metalizados. Gracias por esta semana de inspiración y por el chance de ganar Dies.

Gorgeous color combo! Thanks for a chance

Very beautiful! Love the dramatic background!

Thank you for sharing this metallic technique...your card is beautiful!!!

Laura, I've been using your technique with watercolors and the Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors that are shiny. They look so cool on the watercolor paper, too. The colors I have been using are a lot lighter and then I cover the whole paper with a die that fits the paper. I like how you cut out a silhouette and just attached it to your background. I agree with what your said about making a bunch of backgrounds since you have everything out. It's a fun processs with wonderful results. Thanks for sharing. By the way, I don't have that daisy die which would love to come live at my house. ha ha

Beautiful card!

Lovely card,I really like
the background. Thank you
for the detail steps. I love the daisy die.

So lovely

Thanks for all the tips and tricks and for persevering with your camera angles...your art piece is amazing and the Daisy die cut just pops!

What a great card, Laura! Love the simplicity with all the glamor of the metallic. Thanks for sharing how you did this awesome design!

Beautiful card! Love the awesome background,Thanks for sharing how you made it.

Saw this on FB and it caught my eye immediately, Laura. Love the contrast and simplicity of this design. Eye catching. X

Hi Laura! LOVE the background you've created for these LOVELY FLOWERS! ;) It just makes them POP!!! NOW, I want to go paint & create! ;)<3

The white flowers look gorgeous against the marble background. Hugz

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