I went back into 2 Peas' World Stamping Weekend's list of classes to start to catch up on what I missed last weekend, and as mentioned in a previous post, I did Kristy's background class. The first photo today is of the resulting creation. Kristy's class has all of the details, but to cut a long story short, you start with the 'faux batik' technique to create some white areas, add your colourwash, which I did using the craft mat/Distress Inks technique, then use a couple of complimentary colours and stamps to create your printed background. What fun! I needed to make two large pieces of paper, English size A2, so I worked on my biggest craft mat, and with some fairly large stamps. My final touch was to add a spritz of perfect pearls mixed with water, in a spray bottle, which Isa and Julie both talk about on their blogs; it adds a beautiful, subtle shimmer. Stamps used are Hero Arts and Aud Design, inks are Distress Inks in Weathered Wood, Milled Lavender, Antique Linen and Tattered Rose. (Again!) The second two photos are of the mini-book I have made with the background paper. It is for the UK Stamper's Vevet-ize swap. I am not going to post it until Saturday, because of the postal strike today, and I'm not going to show photos of the whole book until it has been received! I want it to be a bit of a surprise for Kym. I hope she likes it! I am due to receive a book from Sid, which I am really pleased about as I love his work. In fact, I would have been happy to receive a book from anyone on the list, they are a talented bunch! All of the photos will go onto the UK Stampers cyberblog, I will post the link when they are ready to be viewed. I won't be stamping this evening, as my Husband is back from a second week away from home, and I have a surprise planned for him. It's a secret and I've managed to keep it from him for three weeks! Shhh!