Tutorial Tuesday: Adirondack Color Wash ATC Background

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This week’s tutorial uses Adirondack’s Colour Washes.  I thought it was time to give you a background technique to use on your cards and ATC’s, so I played around and came up with this background.   You can get similar results by using alcohol ink refills, but Adirondack Color Washes  will give you a brighter, more vibrant, background.  I think you will agree that the results are very pretty.

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Supplies:  Adirondack Color Wash is a variety of shades

Glossy cardstock

Cottonballs

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Dab colour wash onto a cotton ball.  Pretend this is the purple I used in the photo below.  Long story 🙂

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Rub colour on 8 1/2 x 11 glossy cardstock.

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Continue adding colour.

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Continuing adding more colour.

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When you add colour to your glossy cardstock, you will notice that colours will appear different when overlapped with another colour.  This adds interest to your background.  Keep playing until you are satisfied.

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Cut 2 1/2 inch strips and emboss gold images over stop of the 2 1/2 inch strips. Next, cut the strips into 3 1/2 inch lengths.  ATC’s are 2 1/2 inches x 3 1/2 inches.

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Each ATC has a unique background.  Just like snowflakes–no two are alike.

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Posted on : Mar 17 2009
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15 People have left comments on this post

Mar 17, 2009 - 08:03:38
Kim said:

Wow – these are stunning backgrounds! Just amazing…I need to give it a try!

Mar 17, 2009 - 08:03:46
Kim H said:

Oh me oh my…these are stunning! I love all the different colors you can get on one set!

Mar 17, 2009 - 09:03:56
Manna said:

THUD!!! That would be me falling off my chair! WOW…this is so so cool! I’ll definitely have to try this!!!!!! Thanks, Beth!

Mar 17, 2009 - 11:03:33
Risa said:

Your background design is stunning Beth and the embossing adds more richness to the design! TFS!!!!!

Mar 17, 2009 - 05:03:02
Reba Kinney said:

This technique is beautiful! Your tutorial couldn’t have come at a better time. I need to make more backgrounds for my ATCs and other cards and this technique is exactly what i was looking for! Thanks so much for sharing.
Reba

Mar 17, 2009 - 10:03:27
Seleise said:

awesome! love the rich colors!!! TFS!

Mar 18, 2009 - 01:03:23
MARITZA said:

BEAUTYFULL JOB!!!!! I LOVE IT! I HAVE A QUESTION ,THE CARDSTOCK IT HAS TO BE GLOSSY OR CAN BE THE REGULAR CARDSTOCK? THANKS! AND AGAIN I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mar 18, 2009 - 04:03:06
Viv said:

Oooh how pretty! Thanks Beth. I love your techniques and tutes.
Viv xxx

Mar 18, 2009 - 04:03:51

Oh my!! More than very pretty… this background is GORGEOUS!!! Wonderful tutorial, too, Beth!

Mar 18, 2009 - 06:03:44
Caterina said:

How very pretty – love this one!!

Mar 19, 2009 - 08:03:29
Kathi said:

Beautiful! Great tutorial. I like the color washes, but gosh they do make a mess.

Mar 21, 2009 - 04:03:48
Yvonne said:

What a wonderful tutorial!!! They are so pretty:)
Hugs, Yvonne.

Mar 23, 2009 - 10:03:40
Mel M. M. M. said:

Absolutely amazing! I’ve been missing all of your incredible work!!! :O)

Sep 26, 2010 - 03:09:07
Godelieve said:

Stunning backgrounds Beth!! Thanks for the tutorial!

Dec 17, 2013 - 08:12:16

Beth, I stumbled upon your site, fiddling with my iPad and the internet, trying to add some variety to the remaining Christmas cards. Thank you for reminding me about this beautiful technique. There is such variety out there, I frequently forget about the old GOLD standards, which have been around a while. You have gotten me excited to play with this technique and then placing an emboss ink onto acard piece, stamped with one of many Christmas symbols. Maybe I will emboss a snowman, no maybe a deer, no maybe an…. Doing the background will obviously be easier than choosing a stamp and words for the card. I thank you whole heartedly. Merry Christmas to you, and come the new year, I will check out further tutorials, you have graciously shared for all of us. Your backgrounds for this technique are beautiful.


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