The backgrounds for these cards were made using a technique a friend of mine saw in a magazine. Basically you load a toothbrush with paint and run your finger over the paintbrush to get little speckles of paint all over your paper, three or four shades of the same colour work well. Let me tell you it makes a huuuuuge mess lol . . . Best course of action is to make a bunch all at once. That way you have them ready to go as needed. It's supposed to look like whatever that stone they use to make kitchen benches is lol . . .
After the paint has dried, lay a mask over the top of your piece (for this series of cards I used Tattered Angels Tattered Traveler compass) and use Versamark, Perfect Medium etc over the whole piece of cardstock. Remove the mask and then use clear embossing powder over the card. Once that has cooled swipe a white ink pad (non permanent) over the previously masked places for extra contrast.
I have used Maya Roads All Around the world stamp set for the first two cards. Tim Holtz's Sizzix Cogs die on the last card and some Stampers Anonymous stamps. The middle card has a sentiment from Stampin' Up. The sentiments on the last two cards are die cut from Lifestyle Crafts Dies. Any q's feel free to ask in the comments :)
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Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Ecclectic Ellapu - Masculine
Challenges 4 Everyone - Anything Goes