I'm entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Make Your Own Background challenge which can
be seen here: http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-make-your-own-background-2/
I used the Frantic Stamper Saguaro & Wolf die set (FRA-DIE-09139) and made my own background using the Saran Wrap technique.
The Saran Wrap Technique is where you take a piece of Saran Wrap and lay it on your work space. Then crumbled it up slightly so that you have wrinkles in it. Then use some kind of medium that will stick to glossy paper such as Glitter Glam, Perfect Pearls or mica sprays. Spray or coat the wrap. If using Glitter Glam, I dabbed it on the Saran Wrap with a large paint brush.
Once it is well coated, you want to take a piece of glossy paper, it can be glossy photo paper or other glossy paper made for papercrafting, and place it right on top of the Saran Wrap, glossy side DOWN.
Next, fold the Saran Wrap over the paper as if wrapping it up like a package. Let it sit for at least five minutes to dry slightly. If the Glitter Glam or medium used still looks very wet, let the paper sit for a good 15 minutes or more. Once it looks dry, remove the Saran Wrap to reveal your work.
If the Saran Wrap still has wet medium on it, you can take a second piece of glossy paper and make another background paper. Just press it down onto the Saran Wrap, fold it up and give it a few minutes to dry. I was able to make three background papers with one sheet of Saran Wrap when I was using the Glitter Glam and applying it with a paint brush.
|This is the non-glossy side of the paper|
If you don't want to wait for the medium to dry by itself, you can use a heat gun but be careful not to hold it too close to the glossy paper or it will make the glossy finish on it bubble up.
These are various backgrounds that I made using Glitter Glam, Perfect Pearls mists, and other mica spray products. The mica spray products will have a really nice sheen to them. You can use these as backgrounds on your cards or cut dies on them.