Color Burst Background How-Tos!

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Today Michelle is showing us how to create a color burst background – two actually! – to add some serious visual interest to our card making projects with not a whole lot of work! We LOVE short cuts to fabulousness and when there is a product that can make that happen, we are even happier!

Her first card is a fun, dreamy landscape scene for which her color burst background is mainly blues with just a touch of yellow. PRO TIP: Try out colors that are complimentary – on opposite sides of the color wheel – to get shades that look beautiful together and add that visual “pop”.

To create this beautiful background with all the luscious shades, simply sprinkle some of the color burst powders over your paper. Here Michelle used Cerulean Blue and Gamboge over Neenah Felt Ultra White paper. Lightly spritz the sheet with water. You can see in the closeup below where the water soaked and spread the pigment powders. PRO TIP: Don’t worry about SATURATING the paper – those uncolored spots are part of the appeal of this technique!

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Once her panel was completely dry, Michelle cut it to size to fit a slimline card base. She used the Cloud Slimline Die to cut a few layers of clouds from vellum and created a mountain silhouette from white card stock. She adhered the cloud layers directly to the panel and added the mountains with dimensional adhesive. 

SO PRETTY! And you can add any greeting to this card for something simple, sweet and stunning.

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For the second card, Michelle used the exact same shades of powder and created a completely different looking color burst background just by using more of the yellow and spritzing a little more aggressively.

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After the color burst background was completely dry, she attached it to a slimline card base. She used the new OPC (One Piece Cut) Geo Squares Slimline Die to cut a sheet of rice paper. Then she used the OPC Wavy Slimline Die on a piece of woodgrain patterned paper. Four snips later to cut OUT the “window pieces” of the wavy die cut and she had an awesome frame! Michelle first adhered the rice paper along the edges to the back of the Wavy frame and then used slim pieces of dimensional adhesive to mount the whole assembly over her color burst background.

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We just love the use of rice paper here to give the overlay some translucence but also some body. And her alteration of that die cut is pretty snazzy, too!

Here are the products you will need to reproduce these cards:

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Does this make you want to try creating your own color burst background? What colors would you use? Remember, there are other collections of color burst powders on the websites so choose the ones you love the most and experiment with shades until you have something you love!

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