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EP Cosmos by April Williams

A fabulous way of creating spectacular backgrounds is right at your fingertips!  It is fool-proof and lots of fun, because mistakes simply cannot happen!  I've dubbed the technique EP Cosmos after one of my friends showed me the technique.

Supplies needed:

  1. Medium Colors of Cardstock
  2. VersaMark Ink Pad
  3. 3 Colors Embossing Powder -- Sample used Silver Detail, Cerulean Star, and Log Cabin
  4. Ultra Thick Embossing Powder -- Sample used pearl, but you can use Clear
  5. Heat Gun
  6. Black Sharpie Pen (optional)
  7. Black Permanent Ink Pad

First pat the Versa mark ink all over your cardstock.

Now add pinches of the embossing powders and sprinkle them over the cardstock, sprinkling each color one at a time.  You do not need much.  Heat set the embossing powders.

Take your Versa Mark pad again and tap it all over the cardstock.  Sprinkle on some ultra thick embossing powder and heat set.

Now you have a pearly, textured background.  Now stamp a solid image onto the background using permanent black ink.  If you want you may color in some areas that didn't stamp well with a black Sharpie pen.  I wanted the ducks and umbrella to look like they were being rained on,  so I did not use the pen to color in areas.   It depends on the look you want.

Here are some other backgrounds made using this technique.

I hope you enjoy trying this background technique.


Sparkle N Sprinkle supplies used:

  1. Cerulean Star embossing powder
  2. Log Cabin embossing powder
  3. Silver Detail embossing powder
  4. Swirl Ducks
  5. Swirl Umbrella

More samples from our Design Team:

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