Color Burst Backgrounds


I am sharing a post about creating quick, easy and colorful cards using Ken Oliver’s Color Burst in Catherine Pooler’s Carnivale Colors.

These backgrounds took less than 10 minutes to create. I used an inexpensive specialty paper to create these. With stamping, about a 20 minute card (not including dry time).

The colors are Samba and Samba Ice Sparkle, Limoncello and Limoncello Ice Sparkle, Mardi Gras and Suede Shoes. Of course you can blend these colors to create additional colors in your design!

I created my backgrounds on Roylco Color Diffusing Paper. I bought it off Amazon for about $5.00 U.S. It looks like a really thin parchment paper. It was created to diffuse colors to give paints a tie dye look. It is thin, so I glued my backgrounds to cheap cardstock when they were dry. It is less expensive than using watercolor cardstock.

Roylco Color Diffusing Paper

These cards are not a design you haven’t seen before, I really wanted to show how great the Color Burst works and how to save some money on your projects. I am saving the rest of my backgrounds for fall and Christmas backgrounds

For the Bloom Where You Are Planted card, I used Limoncello and Samba Color Burst powders on the diffusing paper. I tried using a mister and the Distress Sprayer and the Distress Sprayer worked much better. I only needed one layer of powder and very thoroughly soaked the paper and the color spread, blended and dried beautifully. I went around the edges of the background with my Tutti Frutti ink pad just to darken the color a little bit.

I stamped the background using images from the Wild Garden Stamp Set. I stamped the images using Catherine Pooler’s Midnight black ink. I used the ink around the edges of the background as well.

The sentiment is from the Whimsical Blooms stamp set. I added 3 Ebony Nuvo drops and called the card complete.

The next card was similarly created.

I used Suede Shoes and Mardi Gras Color Burst powders for the background. I went around the edges using C.P.’s Juniper Ink, just wanted a little darkening to highlight the beautiful colors in the center. It’s awesome how the inks from Catherine Pooler work so well with the Color Burst powders. I stamped a couple of the evergreen branches from Catherine Pooler’s Festive Trimmings stamp set. The sentiment is from her Holiday Mix stamp set. I stamped the images using Midnight ink. I sprinkled a few sequins from C.P.’s Aspen sequin set. That completed this card.

If you are in the market for a fun way to create backgrounds, I would highly recommend the Color Bursts. I am not a fan of Alcohol inks due to the odor and the expense so I am thrilled to have this option!

Thanks for stopping by!


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