How to use Eyeshadow to Create Gorgeous Backgrounds

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Hello!

I have a new video for you today!

I was spending a little time using the KonMari method of tidying up and only keeping things that “Spark Joy.” I came across an eyeshadow palette that at one time may have sparked something but it certainly wasn’t my style anymore. Yet I couldn’t part with the beautiful colors that most likely drew me in, in the first place.

(You can find this eyeshadow HERE)

I decided to keep the eyeshadow but repurposed it as a craft item and headed right to my craft room to try a few fun techniques.

I found that this eyeshadow worked even better than some of my old chalks and chalk pastels and I couldn’t stop doing this technique to create elegant background panels to use on cards. Here are the three panels I will show you in today’s video.

And here are the finished cards I made with these panels with a few details about each one.

Measurements:

Plum Punch card base- 4 1/4″ X 11″, scored at 5 1/2″ and folded in half

White layer- 3 7/8″ X 5 1/8″

Background Panel- 3 3/4″ X 5″

Squares cut with ThermOWeb/Gina K. Designs Large and Small Dies

 

Supplies:

Stamps- Love it All You Need, Rose Lace Background Stamp

Dies- ThermOWeb Large and Small Squares

Card Stock- Plum Punch, Black Onyx, Layering White

Ink- VersaMark, Black Onyx, Plum Punch

Gina K. Designs Adhesive Dot Runner, Foam Squares, White and Gold Fancy Ribbon

Eyeshadow

Small Sponge Daubers

 

Measurements:

Sea Glass card base- 4 1/4″ X 11″, scored at 5 1/2″ and folded in half

White layer- 3 7/8″ X 5 1/8″

Background Panel- 3 3/4″ X 5″

Circle cut with ThermOWeb/Gina K. Designs Small Circles Dies

Copic Markers

 

Supplies:

Stamps- All About You, Petite Flourish Background Stamp, Whimsical Wildflowers Bundle

Dies- ThermOWeb/Gina K. Designs Small Circles

Card Stock- Sea Glass, Black Onyx, Layering White

Ink- VersaMark, Black Onyx

Gina K. Designs Adhesive Dot Runner, Foam Squares, White and Gold Fancy Ribbon

Eyeshadow

Small Sponge Daubers

 

Measurements:

Prickly Pear card base- 4 1/4″ X 11″, scored at 5 1/2″ and folded in half

White layer- 3 7/8″ X 5 1/8″

Background Panel- 3 3/4″ X 5″

White Greeting Panel- 1 1/2″ X 2 1/2″

Black Onyx Greeting Panel- 1 5/8″ X 2 5/8″

Prickly Pear Greeting Panel-  1 3/4″ X 2 3/4″

 

Supplies:

Stamps- Perfect Blend Mini Stamp Set, Elegant Script Background Stamp

Card Stock- Prickly Pear, Black Onyx, Layering White

Ink- VersaMark, Black Onyx

Gina K. Designs Adhesive Dot Runner, Foam Squares, White and Gold Fancy Ribbon

Eyeshadow

Small Sponge Daubers, Copic Markers

I also have a little coupon for you that may spark some joy!

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s video and I hope you will give this technique a try! You can subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE and you can always watch my videos here on the VIDEOS TAB.

Make it a great day and Happy Stamping!
Hugs,

Gina K.

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41 Comments

  1. Nancy Thorn

    Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    What a great idea! Loved the cards.

  2. Jane Luxem

    Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    Chalks would work nice for this technique, too. Great idea!

  3. Winon Hall

    Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    Such a good idea for those that have the make up and perhaps can’t afford the ink pads. I love telling my card friends about things we use that are in our homes already. Seniors are amazed and I think appreciate the ideas.

  4. Kathy M.

    Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    You know I have often wondered how eye shadows would work own cards, similar to chalks we can purchase. Thanks for the idea to try what we may have and are not using for makeup! I always enjoy your videos Gina!

  5. Margaret

    Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    You’re a genius! Who knew eye shadow would create such gorgeous backgrounds!! Thanks so much for the fun new technique!

  6. Cathy Lasky

    Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    Such an awesome idea. Thank you for the coupon as well. I just placed my order ❤️

  7. Bobbi Miller

    Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    OMGosh! I just threw away a bunch of old eye shadows! I never gave it a thought, to use them for my stamp projects. What a super great idea! Your cards are beautiful! I’m off to look for more eye shadow, Oh…. and I need to order those background stamps! Gorgeous! Thanks, Gina! Hugs.

  8. Kathy Tidd

    Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    Hi Gina! What a cool idea. I love the color blends! The cards are beautiful!

  9. Annie Dill

    Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    Gina, I picked up some clearance eyeshadow years ago thinking to use them for cards – and the one technique I saw on YouTube didn’t work at all. But I have not been willing to toss the unused eyeshadows! Thanks for this! The backgrounds are beautiful. ( who would EVER want yellow eyelids?!)🙅

  10. Marianne Grimbly

    Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    Those cards turned out absolutely gorgeous! On the hunt for some old eye shadows! Thanks Gina.

  11. Dee Earnshaw

    Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    love these backgrounds – very distinctive and pretty:)
    How do you stop the eye shadow from rubbing off the card?
    Does the the versamark ink keep it in place??

    1. Gina Krupsky

      Wednesday, February 6, 2019

      I didn’t really rub off at all once I used the swiffer. 🙂

  12. Barbara

    Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    After completing the card, does the eye shadow come off on your hands or the envelope or other papers or does it become permanent?

    1. Gina Krupsky

      Wednesday, February 6, 2019

      The eyeshadow wasn’t rubbing off on my fingers at all!

  13. Joanne

    Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    This is so awesome, Gina!! Now I have to go thru my make up drawer and look for eye shadows that I don’t use. Love this technique and can’t wait to give it a try!! TFS

  14. Karol

    Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    Fantastic idea!! Love your creativity

  15. drinckel

    Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    I may be raiding my make up drawer this afternoon. Love these gorgeous backgrounds.

  16. Karen PB

    Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    Yay a video from you again! What a fabulous idea. I’m going to try this tonight.

  17. Marcy H.

    Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    What a great idea. Love how your cards turned out!!

  18. cyndi morris

    Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    That is gorgeous! One problem — I’m 71 years old and now I want yellow, pink and purple eye shadow!

  19. Joan Smith

    Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    Enjoyed your video and how beautiful the cards were. Amazing what we could use and not always aware of it. Your imagination must run rampant with all the ideas you come up with. Thank you Gina.

  20. Liz Mulvey

    Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    Lol Gina Doing the same in my house too. Makes more room for craft supplies 😀

  21. Wanda wilson

    Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    Absolutely love this idea have you done this on white card stock

  22. Therese Sprinkle

    Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    I love this idea. I have wondered in the past if this would work. Love this.

  23. Angela

    Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    Love the video and reminds me of when I worked in cosmetics. We had huge sheets of paper on an easel with a face outline and we used the makeup (testers) we were selling to draw right onto the face to show colour combos etc.
    Even lipstick does well in paper 🙂
    Thank you for the memories!

  24. Shona Austin

    Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    What a wonderful idea. Guess I need to think outside of the box more. Thanks.

  25. Rose sims

    Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    Hi… Gina love the cards made with eyeshadow can’t wait to try making this card… and good excuse to tidy my makeup draw, I have a few birthdays coming up soon and this will be a perfect card… thanks once again …. love…. Rose xx 💝💝

  26. Bonnie K.

    Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    Wow – I can’t imagine some of those color as eye shadow, but they look great on cards! They’re beautiful!

  27. lizbailey2

    Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    Wow Gina, you come up with the most unique and fascinating ideas. I love this and never would have thought to do something like this. The result is stunning!! Thanks for a great idea!!!

  28. Peggy

    Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    Loved the cards. Do you have to heat set the Versamark ink?

    1. Gina Krupsky

      Thursday, February 7, 2019

      No, just stamp and it’s done!

  29. Bonnie Deibel

    Thursday, February 7, 2019

    I also have some old eye shadow that I never used & had thought of using it on cards like you did. Now I know it works! Thanks!

  30. Linda Gorman

    Thursday, February 7, 2019

    Great idea!!!! Love the way the cards turned out!!! Thank you.

  31. Gail

    Thursday, February 7, 2019

    What a great idea! I want to try some on white card stock, especially the neutral tones, just to see what will happen. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  32. Betty Amersbach

    Thursday, February 7, 2019

    I love these cards!!! What a GREAT idea.

  33. Rosy Newlun

    Thursday, February 7, 2019

    This turned into stunning card backgrounds! What an idea! I also love your background stamps. Brilliant card collection repurposing eye shadow! ♻

  34. Carmen Miyoshi

    Sunday, February 10, 2019

    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful new technique! I can’t wait to try it!

  35. Viv

    Sunday, February 10, 2019

    Beautiful! I wonder how this technique would work with light-colored cardstock? What do you think? Does it matter what kind of card stock you use?

    1. Gina Krupsky

      Tuesday, February 12, 2019

      I think it would work, just a different look! 🙂

  36. Lynette Sprengel

    Tuesday, February 12, 2019

    I tried this technique and made a bunch of Valentine cards and they all turned out great. I didn’t have a swiffer so I used a used dryer sheet and that blended things well also. Thanks for the cool idea

  37. Conniecrafter

    Monday, March 4, 2019

    Great way to clean up and get some new crafting supplies, they made lovely backgrounds with your pretty stamps

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