Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Background Die Cut Technique with Magicals Pigment Powder

Autumn with you today to share a delightfully fun and inspiring background die cut technique.  For this set of cards I have featured our fabulous new Oriental Screen die along with the Fluttering Butterflies die,

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which you will notice I have cut in half to result in two springy card creations.

I find the best way to truly adhere my dies for mixed media backgrounds is with Mod Podge.  A good coat beneath and on top will seal everything in place.  Mod Podge doesn't like the heat tool very much and will bubble, so if you heat along the way do it lightly and not in a concentrated area.  For the color, you can use Bisters, Brushos, Infusions, Color Burst or Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals, which I have used.

Mist your prepared panel with water then sprinkle on your pigment powder as desired.  Mist with more water to move the colors around, then dry lightly with your heat tool or let air dry.

After my panels were colored, I scraped Golden Crackle Paste with a palette knife over randomly.  The great thing about using texture paste over Distress Ink or Pigment Powders is that the color absorbs randomly into the paste.  Let this air dry while you gather your bundle elements.

See how this area picked up more of the pigment - isn't that cool?

I used purchased flowers, string, a bow, a sticker sentiment and half of my Fluttering Butterflies die for each card.

I felt the crackle paste broke up some of the rigidity of this die and helped it work well with the organically shaped elements I chose for my bundle.

I left the butterflies pure white to provide contrast against the colorful background.

Does all this mixed media goodness get you excited?!  If so, check out my first background die tutorial HERE on Distress Ink resist.  No go on and have a play!


  1. Loved them..beautiful colors and textures :)

  2. The oriental screen die is beautiful and I love how you used it on these, the crackle is a lovely touch and those Spring colours are wonderful. xx

  3. Brilliant projects and great tutorial too. Happy crafting, Angela xXx

  4. You are inspiring, Autumn! Gonna see what I can come up with!

  5. Fun stuff here, Autumn! I do like the addition of the crackle paste on this die and with all of the color, it adds just the right touch! Thank you for sharing how you came up with these amazing backgrounds. Hugs!!

  6. Fabulous background.... yes love the texture paste, the die and the pretty colours. Amazing layout and fabulous card and thank you for the step by step x

  7. Oh - I never thought of plonking the texture paste over the magicals. Gonna give that a try for sure. TFS

  8. Absolutely beautiful love the colours and great idea with the dies -I tend to use mine as-is should get more out of them so thank you for the inspiration
    Carol x