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Monday, 30 June 2014

Building Backgrounds

Hi Folks, I have a couple of samples to show you today, using the Harlequin Fragments/Tangled Fragments multibuy stamp set from Chocolate Baroque

I love to make my own backgrounds, and these large stamps are perfect for mixing and matching over sprayed or inked surfaces, or even patterned papers, to create layered backgrounds. For my first card, I have chosen a soft colour scheme, using a printed Julie Nutting tag, and embossed the dotty harlequin stamp using white embossing powder. I have used the large dotty stamp on the main background, stamping my image onto scrap paper first, then onto the card to get a fainter image. This is known as second generation stamping. I stamped three butterflies from the Briar Rose Butterfly stamp set onto beige vellum, using white embossing powder.

The poppy image is from the Flora and Fauna stamp set, which I stamped onto white card and coloured it using Polychromos pencils before cutting it out. Lastly, the sentiment comes from the Mackintosh Sentiments clear stamp set, and I have again embossed this with white embossing powder. I sanded the edges of all of my pieces of card to give a shabby feel to them, before assembling my project and added some cream lace.

I cut my card to 7" x 7" size so that I could use the tag without the top edges showing, I quite like this size, and may make more if I can find a ready source of envelopes. A bit of searching on the Internet, methinks.


My second project was made using a tag that I coloured with leftover inks from my project here as I did not want to waste the remaining ink. I coloured two further tags, and this was one of them. I am trying to create a stash of available backgrounds for future projects, saving me time when I am starting to make a card or tag. I do try to rummage through what I have already made to see if I have something I can use when I am making something. Like me, I'm sure a lot of you have a scrap box full of bits and pieces left over from previous projects.


I stamped the large background stamp using cobalt archival ink, and added white highlights with a signo uniball pen. I used a stamp from the Artistic Expressions stamp set on the background using forget-me-not archival ink, which I also used to edge the tag.

I stamped a peacock feather from the Tangled Peacock stamp set onto pale green vellum three times using navy ink and clear embossing powder. I coloured the reverse of the images with copic markers before cutting them out. A piece of emerald ribbon finishes the tag.


Keep popping over to the Design Team Blog to see what my team mates have made, they have some super samples coming up in July using these stamps. Thanks for stopping by, xx



3 comments:

Astrid Maclean said...

Fabulous!! That card is so beautiful and soft, love the white embossing with the poppy taking central stage! The tag is gorgeous too!

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

I love both the so delicate card and the wonderful tag with the gorgeous peacock feather on it. I received my fragment stamps on saturday just ned to cut them out now.

Sue xx

Paula (PEP) said...

Your first sample is an absolute joy with the shabby chic ambience it has - I love the way that poppy seed head image straddles the two backgrounds & how the eye is led from that bottom left butterfly up to the seed heads, over to the top butterfly & down again to the sentiment. Your use of line & rule of thirds with the lace is a real lesson in design.
Your tag shows how that background stamp can be used to brilliant effect echoing the peacock feather's 'eye' shapes. The ribbon's colour acts as an accent should - bringing out the deep aqua of the peacock feather's eye as well as drawing the eye to the sentiment.
I love your use of vellum in both projects.
Paula (PEP)