• Lisa Mensing

Beautiful Backgrounds using Distress Oxide Sprays & Embossing Folders

Hi, and welcome everyone. Today I’m sharing a fun and simple way to create beautiful backgrounds. These backgrounds are perfect for all those big-word dies and alphabet dies we all love. I have a video below that will walk you through the process plus a written walk-through. Watching videos is not everyone’s thing, I get it.

 Okay, let’s walk through the process. I want to start off by saying I did not include the embossing folders or plate to the supply list. Several are no longer available and I thought this would be a great way for you all to revisit your embossing folders. PREP You will need Bristol Smooth Paper, Distress Oxide Sprays, a brayer and embossing folders. 

To create the backgrounds you want to lightly spray Distress Oxide Sprays on the inside front flap of the embossing folders. Lay a piece of Bristol Smooth paper down, and using the brayer, rollover the folder several times.

Using the remaining ink, spritz with any shimmer spray, lay a piece of Bristol Smooth paper down, rolling over the folder again with the brayer. 

You will get several backgrounds done before you need to add more of the Distress Oxide Spray to the folder.  Here’s the second background, you can see it is a bit lighter.

I’m using an embossing plate for the next two backgrounds, lightly spraying the Distress Oxide Spray in the color Peacock Feathers, laying down Bristol Smooth paper, and rolling the brayer directly over the paper.

I was pleasantly surprised with the end result. 

I added Distress Oxide Spray in the color Twisted Citron and a shimmer spray over the remaining Peacock Feathers ink to create this next look. 

So you can see this a super simple technique. Here are all the backgrounds I created using the Distress Oxide Spray-Embossing Folder technique. From here it really is personal preference how you use the backgrounds.  Here’s a closer look at all the cards I created. 

I used several of the backgrounds to make cards for this post. I started with the backgrounds created using the embossing plate.

Both of these backgrounds had a small place that looked a bit muddled and I decided to camouflage that by using a stencil and Cosmic Shimmer Texture Paste in the color Ocean Spray.

If you have never tried the Cosmic Shimmer Texture Paste I highly recommend it. It adds such beautiful texture and sparkle.

I took the opportunity to show my die-cuts some love and had such a fun time using all these products.

I finished off a few of my cards by adding stamped sentiments and sequins.

As always, thank you for popping in. If you have any questions just leave them in the comments or you can email me at contact@lisamensing.com. 

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