This is a background that was created using tags that were embossed. You can find the full tutorial HERE. It gives the background a LOT of texture. I also tried stamping on tissue paper and using gel medium to adhere it to the page. Not so sure I like that part. Mine looks like I glued a cut out to the page. The one from the link, blends into the background. I'm not sure what I did different. I may have to give it another go another time. I gessoed the page and used watered down acrylic paint to color the page.
Next, I die cut Sizzix "wildflowers" Thinlets. I colored them with Distress markers and then used Gel Pens to add some detail to the one that looks like lavender. I also die cut two of the Tim Holtz "Layered Dragonfly" and embossed them. I colored the body with black marker. I colored the wings with "weathered Wood Distress paint. Once the paint dried, I went over the them lightly with a sanding block. This took off some of the paint on the embossed veins of the wings. I then went over the wings with "black soot" using a blending tool. I added some highlights using gel pens and a white Signo pen. I rubbed "Crystal" Stickles over the wings for some sparkle. I used a background stamp with "coffee" Archival ink to add some more dimension to the page. I glued the two dragonflies together and then glued everything to the page using Matte Gel Medium.
The tissue stamped images don't look as bad on the real page as they do on this photo. They blend into the background much nicer.
Here you can see the two dragonflies layered together for dimension.
I was trying to get a good picture of the sparkle on the wings but the camera just wouldn't capture a true image.
On to the second technique.
I have always wanted to try image transfer but thought I had to have an image from a Laser printer....But, I saw a video from Donna Downey that showed you could transfer an image from an ink jet printer. I took two pictures because taking it with the flash washed out the image.
This is with the flash. It is hard to see my vintage lady.
This is without the flash. It gives a truer picture of the color. I love how not all of the image transferred. It gives it an old photograph look to it. I love Donna Downey's how to videos. If you haven't checked her out I strongly suggest you do. She is loaded with ideas and techniques that will keep you busy.