I had so much fun with the ladies who came to my "Unique Backgrounds" class yesterday! One of the techniques we used is called "polished stone". It is achieved by wetting a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol. Then you squirt 3-4 small drops of 3-4 different inks, including one metallic ink. Next, dab the cotton ball all over a piece of Glossy White card stock. The metallic ink takes a while to complete drying, so you need to set the paper aside for a while before stamping on it.
For the following card, I used Brocade Blue, Barely Banana and Encore Gold inks. I used both stamps from the "Music Expressions" stamp set with Close to Cocoa ink. Even though I used the Brocade Blue ink for the polished stone, somehow I thought it looked better on a Bashful Blue card with the same color ribbon. A frame of Close to Cocoa card stock set it off just right.
I really love the "Bloomin' Beautiful" stamp set and this image looks so nice stamped in black on the pastel polished stone! The scalloped edge overlapping the brushed silver card stock just seemed to fit the mood of the colors used in this background (Lavender Lace, Brocade Blue and Silver inks).
The following card made with Really Rust card stock. Really Rust, Barely Banana and Gold inks provide the colors for the polished stone here. "Lovely As a Tree" and "Sincere Salutations" are the two stamp sets used, with both the image and the greeting stamped in black. The black brads and card stock frame make the design pop.
The inks used on this card were Glorious Green, Gable Green and Gold. Notice how the brushed gold card stock pulls together the gold ink, gold brads and gold embossed greeting. The image is from the "Lovely as a Tree" stamp set, stamped in Close to Cocoa and framed with Close to Cocoa cardstock. The card itself is Glorious Green.