Friday, 10 April 2015

How did I do that?

I thought I'd share with you today one of the abstract style backgrounds I've started making and using.

I first used this method to create Chelsea for a clean and simple card back in March 2015 - here's the finished one I did previously and I'm now going to show you how to do it with a new image.

Here we have an already coloured image from Make It Crafty - Penny and Scott Cuddle.  The image has been coloured with ProMarkers apart from Scott's jeans which I've done in Copics as I've a full set of greys :)

As the image is coloured in pastel pink and blue.  I will use these and a pale yellow to make the background.  I'll also add some shading underneath the figures.

Pens used in making this card - ProMarkers - fresh bloom, pale blue, ivory, vanilla, Copic greys.
Design Paper - Lily of the Valley Solids - Bonnets and Bowties.

First start placing blue dots around the image and pick one or two areas to expand away from the image.

I then use a blending pen to fade out the spots.  The image here is still slightly wet from the blender pen.

I then go back and add in some more blue dots to darken the area towards the image.

Once I've done this I use the pink to make dots to the side of the blue ones.

I use the blending pen again to fade out the colours.  I've also added some pale yellow around the blue and pink and also started some shading underneath the image.  The image below is again slightly wet from the blending pen.

Here's a close up when the image has dried.  As you can see the dots are slightly smudged giving it an abstract feel.

On this next picture you can see I've added in some darker yellow as shading underneath the image.

This is the finished card below.  I've backed the image with some pale pink paper and then cut out some pink paper and white card with a Spellbinders die for the border at the top.

The result a gorgeous clean and simple card to which you could add a sentiment if you require.

Hope you like my how to do and it will inspire you to have a go
Andrea x

I've made this tutorial for the Make It Crafty Design Team Call for Clean and Simple Cards


  1. Thank ypu for sharing your technique. This is really beautiful xxx

  2. Thank you for sharing your technique. This is really beautiful xxx

  3. Thanks for sharing. Hope it's as easy as it looks :-)

    1. Just make sure you use a wet blending pen Kirsten and you'll be fine. If your blending pen is drying out its harder to do
      Andrea x

  4. Hi Andrea. I love the finished result of your background. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your process and thank you for applying for the new MiC team too. xoxox