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2 for 1 Card Diamond Club Members Exclusive Project by Louise Dunbar

When asked to come up with a project which could have 2 alternate endings, I thought I would do this background technique which you could use as a card background or scrapbook layout.

You will need:

  • 7x7 card blank
  • Black Card stock
  • White card stock
  • Inks for distressing
  • Foam pads and daubers
  • Diamond nesting dies
  • Paper trimmer
  • Glue
  • Gorjuss girl stamp
  • Water brush
  • Versa fine ink
  • Water spritzer
  • Background stamp
  • Script stamp
  • Black ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Photo. You will need an image

Time to Make: 1 hour

Skill Level: Beginner to Experienced


  1. Take a piece of black card stock and trim to 17x17cm, then attach to the front of the card blank. Next take the white card stock ad trim to 16.5x16.5cm, this is the piece you will use to create the background for your card.

    Choose some inks to use to colour in the white Card stock, you can choose any colours you like, just keep these out to use for the rest of the project so it all co-ordinates together.
  2. Start by picking your first colour and using your dauber pick up the ink, then working in circular motions, blend it over the card stock. Choose another colour and repeat the process until the whole white area is covered in ink.

    Top Tip:
    To avoid contaminating your ink pads, use a separate foam pad for each colour of ink.

    I stick a velcro dot underneath each of my ink pads then attach the foam pad to it to store so i know that i have the right pad for that colour of ink.
  3. Take a background stamp, spritz with water then stamp the wet stamp down onto the inked up card stock.

    Use a kitchen roll to blot excess water away and you’ll see a watermark effect of the stamp you chose.

    Repeat randomly around the card until you are happy with how it looks.

    I think this creates a really cool effect.
  4. Now take you script stamp and ink it up using versa fine, stamp onto a scrap piece of paper first before stamping down on the card stock.

    This will give you a second generation stamp. Repeat round the card stock until you feel happy with how it looks.
  5. Die cut the largest of the diamond nesting dies out of black and white card stock.

    Using the same colour of inks as you used for the background piece, add colour to the white die cut through a stencil.
  6. Now stamp out your Gorjus girl image using black versa fine. Then colour it in using the inks as water colours.

    To do this, simply stamp the ink pad onto either an acrylic block or craft/glass mat, then pick up the colour using a water brush, then colour in. Once coloured in, cut it out.
  7. Now it’s time to put all your elements together and create your card. Lay everything down on top of the card blank and play about with the position of everything until you like the look of it.

    I took a diamante ribbon strip and wrapped it around the background piece before sticking this down to the card front.

    I also die cut a sentiment from black card stock, then I added everything else to create this funky colourful card.
  8. Now if you don’t want to make the background cardstock into a card front, you can always use it for another project, for example a scrapbook layout.

    I took the background piece I created and cut it into strips of various widths.

    Then added to a piece of 8x8 black card stock. I played about with how i laid it onto the 8x8 piece before committing with glue.
  9. Then I choose which photo I wanted to use, I created a mat and layer for the photo before attaching it to the scrapbook page. I finished off by adding in my title.