Mystical Backgrounds! 3 Fun Cards with Pizzazz!

Hi friends! Today we are going to make some really fun cards with glitzy backgrounds and textured effects!


The first two use glitter ink (I am using Brea Reese glitter ink but you can use any shimmer watercolors or inks you have) and heat embossing…


The third uses texture paste and pebbles. I got to thinking about how you could make DIY pebbles and I am thinking you can use a scrap of paper and glue water mix then roll it up spit-ball style. You can DIY your own texture paste with white paintable latex caulking (get the kind in the tube for ease of use) tinted with any color of acrylic paint. *Note in the example below the card on the right has wet glue holding the “stones” in place but the Aleenes Thick & Tacky glue dries completely clear as you can see from the card on the left. Go generous with the glue to keep those embedded items secure.


I think I might have crammed too much into one video here but I really wanted to explore these new Lavinia stamps I just got and I wanted to use all of them. Feel free to speed the video up or watch it in two parts if it’s too much crafty goodness for you to take in one sitting:)


This tutorial is sponsored by Top Flight Stamps! SAVE 10% off your next order with coupon code: thefrugalcrafter10 *USA orders of $50+ ship free!

Supplies from Top Flight Stamps:

Other Supplies:

Whoa, that was an exhaustive list! Please don’t think you need to go buy all of these things to make a card, the list is there as a courtesy in case you are looking for something specific I used. You can DIY most of your supplies except the embossing powder and stamps. Have a look in that crafty stash of yours and see what you can come up with! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and til next time happy crafting!



13 Responses

  1. LOL, “too much crafty goodness”?? Lindsay, there’s no such thing! The cards are gorgeous and I love fairies, so I’m off to look at the sets! Thanks for the video and all the examples and ideas!


  2. No such thing as too much crafty goodness!!!!!! I enjoy your videos and love learning new techniques so please keep them coming. Too cold in Wisconsin to do anything but craft!


  3. Beautiful Lindsay! Curious why you heat embossed after applying the inks instead of before (resist effect)–are the inks too opaque to heat emboss first? Thanks for all the tips and heads up on cool products!


  4. Nothing is too much with Lavinia stamps. Love them and have a bunch from Topflight.


  5. Beautiful cards! I love these techniques – never thought about using paintable latex caulking for texture paste. What an awesome idea!


  6. Absolutely beautiful. Thanks so much for the list of supplies. One thing that wasn’t listed is that beautiful embossing folder. Can you please tell me it’s name and who makes it?


  7. The fairies are in the secret garden.


  8. Watched this yesterday, wicked cool, but seriously, I’m still cracking up over the activity …😉😉


  9. Hi Lindsay, Thank you for this video tutorial I am currently trying to make my cards differently by using different types of backgrounds and you have helped me considerably.


  10. Hi Lindsay,

    Thank you for sending me this email with the link to your blog post – Mystical Backgrounds! 3 Fun Cards with Pizzazz!

    I am currently trying to create projects with different background techniques so this video tutorial helped al lot, thanks.

    Till the next time.





  11. Loved every second of this video! Sometimes I mail test cards to my daughter to see how they survive in the mail. I didn’t realize I was sending “activities!”


  12. I was saving this to watch when I had some time. So glad to see all your great saves! I really love your cards ♥️


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