The Brick Wall technique is always fun as it has an element of serendipity about it - and we all love surprises don't we? I used this technique at a recent class where we created a mystery card. That is there was no sample and I instructed step by step so my class didn't really know what to expect.
I had fun but I'm sure some of the class members really wanted something to copy!
I added a couple of twists to the basic technique by clear embossing the image onto Whisper White card, then spritzing with a variety of colours.
You can see how the ink seeps in behind the clear embossing to create an interesting effect. When you have the colours and effects you want, simply draw a brick wall pattern on the back of the Stamped image and cut with your Stampin' Trimmer to create the bricks. Sponge around the edges of each brick with one of the colours used for spritzing. Then it is a matter of putting the "bricks" back together with a small amount of space between them (like a brick wall) and adhering them to the background
The finished card has some additional stamping on the background using a stamp from Stampin' Up!'s Timeless Textures. I matted this onto a white card base, thus helping to bring out the white of the embossing.
I also did a simpler version of the Brick Wall by Stamping with Memento black ink onto newsprint paper. Quite a different look despite using similar techniques.
Silhouette stamps are the easier option when doing this technique, but it also looks great with multi coloured stamps.
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Until nest time,