DIY Camouflage Background with ColorBox Pigments

by | March 17th, 2016 | Comments Off on DIY Camouflage Background with ColorBox Pigments

Want to learn how to make a camouflage background on paper with Colorbox Pigment Ink? Latrice here and I’m excited to be a guest designer this month for Clearsnap! When I saw the ColorBox Metallic Pigment Petal Point Ink Pad in Alchemy,  I immediately thought the colors were perfect for creating masculine camouflage cards. Check out this short photo tutorial to see TWO WAYS to create this easy yet unique camouflage background on paper!

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Each of these cards uses the same basic technique but has a totally different look and feel because of the colors used. All ColorBox Petal Point ink pads include 8 coordinating colors of pigment ink sure to be a great palette for creating camouflage backrounds for cards like these, scrapbook pages, and more.

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What you’ll need:

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Here is how to create these two different ColorBox Pigment Ink camouflage cards:

1. Trim a piece of white cardstock to 3-3/4″x 5″.

2. Slide the Petal Points from the base and randomly dab them direct onto the paper to apply color. Even though these cards are masculine, you could use any of the ColorBox Petal Point ink pads to create a different feel.

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3. Repeat the first step with more ink. Here you can see the pretty metallic gold in the Alchemy Petal Point. I love the shimmer! You can also use the inkpads from the Colorbox PaintBox to create a similar background.

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Next fill an IZINK spray bottle with water. Saturate the entire piece of paper with water, then roll a ColorBox Art Wheel over top to spread the color all over the paper.  If you don’t have an Art Wheel, use the paint roller from the ColorBox NCAA Decor Stamp sets available HERE.

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The water helps spread the ink around the paper to fill in any white space.

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The second camouflage technique features a crinkle effect. Crumple a piece of white cardstock. Be careful not to tear edges. It may help to spray it with some water first, crumple it, and then allow it to dry.

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Add ink the same way as the first camouflage background technique but this time, since there are raised areas, there will be more white space left in the background created.

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ColorBox Pigment ink pads in the full size work best for this technique because the larger pad size can apply ink to more of the paper at once.

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After letting these pieces dry, assemble them into cards.

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Cut cardstock pieces and string to create any card design you like. Use your favorite sketch!

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Each of these cards is created by layering the card base with a second cardstock color, then matting the camouflage paper on top of that. Add a few embellishments and the string to complete the card design.

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I can’t wait to send these off or save them to give to my husband. What a fun technique! I really hope you try it today.

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I’ll be making lots more of these kinds of backgrounds. They’re fast and pack the bold punch I love in my cards.

It’s been fun sharing my ColorBox Pigment Ink camouflage cards project with you today. Don’t forget to check out the awesome project that Morena Hockley created HERE. Feel free to visit me over on my blog anytime as well. I share lots of photography, food and crafts. You can check me out HERE.

Have an awesome crafty day!


Latrice Murphy

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