An interesting background on paper, that is

This is the last sample that I'll post that uses the Reason to Smile stamp set because today is the last day that you can purchase this limited edition set.  I've had a lot of fun creating with it, and I am sad to see it go.

This card is a project that we made in the July stamp club gathering where we were focusing on two different uses for wax paper in stamping.  The background panel for this project uses the Frost technique which is simple but lovely.  I've used it in the past with snowflake stamps to create a wintery look, but I think it's quite versatile and wanted to try it with flowers.  I'm quite happy with the results.

This is how you do the Frost technique (which requires glossy cardstock):

  1. Cut a piece of wax paper a bit larger than your glossy cardstock panel.
  2. Scrunch it up into a tight ball and gently re-open it.  You want lots of creases and crinkles to create the effect, if you need more, re-scrunch.
  3. Apply a light colored ink to one side of the wax paper using a brayer; make sure that the ink is spread out over the whole surface.
  4. Lay the inked side of the wax paper over the glossy side of the cardstock.
  5. Use the brayer on the back side of the wax paper to make sure that you have good coverage on the glossy cardstock.
  6. Remove the wax paper, and stamp images in a darker ink on your Frost background.  Voilà!

I used the following materials to make this card:

  • Stamps: Reason to Smile, Bring on the Cake
  • Cardstock: Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Glossy, Whisper White, Lucky Limeade
  • Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant
  • Accessories: Brayer, Apothecary Accents Framelit die, Scallop Oval punch, Lucky Limeade ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' sponges
  • Non-Stampin' Up!: Wax Paper