Wednesday, October 7, 2009

C017a Spectra Background

Years ago, I received a swap card from Carol Brown, where she used Spectra Art Tissue for her background. I fell in love with this technique! No matter the colour combination, it turns out beautiful!

Spectra Art Tissue is a special tissue that will bleed it's colors when wet. This background is also know as a cheaters way of watercoloring. Not all tissue paper will do this so you may want to experiment if you have tissue paper on hand. I really don't know what the purpose of this tissue is but I'm sure glad someone invented it!

Prepare your Spectra Art Tissue by ripping it into smallish pieces (1"to 2"). Keep the colors separated so you can grab them easily. Mist glossy cardstock with water. Place torn pieces of Spectra Art Tissue all over the wet cardstock, alternating the colors. Overlap the colors by at least 1/8" or more. You will have to mist over the tissue, as you go, to hold it in place. See above sample.

When your glossy cardstock is completly covered with Spectra Art Tissue, mist again. Immediately lay a second sheet of misted glossy cardstock, face down on top of this. Cover with wax paper Set a heavy object on top such as the Sears catalogue and let bleed. My second sample was left about an hour before I got back to it. Nice eh? Leave overnight to dry before stamping on it.

My next couple of posts will show some cards done with this technique.


  1. I love this! I have this tissue and now I know how to use it!! Thanks so much!

  2. Hi Carol,
    Thanks for the great tutorial on this! I had bought this tissue at Michael's several years ago, and played around with it. Found it really hard to keep the "light-as-a-feather" pieces on the c/ will try your method!
    Chris in Calgary, AB

  3. Oh please let me know how it turns out, Chris!


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