The Background of Watercolor NYC

This card explains in a nutshell why I am such a fan of designing and using background stamps.

Starting with a pale celery green background, I wanted to create a gritty, urban feel with lots of depth. I stamped several background stamps, as follows:

These were mounted on a dark brown cardstock and then a matching celery cardstock, edged with the Stazon Blue Hawaii.

I quickly zapped it with a heat embossing tool to make sure everything was dry. Then I painted a few of the buildings with Art Anthology Velvet paints in Kona, Aloha, and Cotton Candy. I gave all of these areas a wash of Kona over the top to neutralize the colors and make them more cohesive.

So that is the background behind this card. You can easily create your own vintage-inspired background papers!

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