I am hosting today’s challenge, Create Your Own Background
As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece or home decor, as long as it meets the theme.
This will be our last challenge until August 17th so the team can enjoy some time doing other things!
One of the reasons I love stamping is that it is so versatile. You can use a stamp to make embellishments, toppers, statements – and backgrounds.
For my card, I used a simple daisy stamp to create my background, with judicious use of a sticky note to create the blank space for my sentiment.
This was a super quick card – one of the reasons I chose the daisy is that you can leave the petals uncoloured (or just go over with a sparkle wash if you choose). I used my favourite 6 x 6 card base, and cut a mat out of a cheery yellow card.
(Useful tip here – the other day I was too lazy to go upstairs and get my guillotine to cut some mats, so I used an old blade in my rotary cutter and a quilters ruler to cut them. It was AMAZING. So quick and you can see the exact size you are cutting through the ruler… I used a 9.5 inch square ruler to do mine, which easily covers all the card sizes I do and it easily fits in my crafting bag. I’ve ordered another one specifically to keep there now – something like this. they come in centimetres too, if inches aren’t your thing).
Next, I took a piece of white card and stuck a sticky note in the centre. Using versafine ink, I stamped the daisy stamp over the whole of the white card before removing the sticky note.
I stamped the sentiment into the centre of the space, and then using watercolour pens I coloured in the green leaves and the yellow centres of the daisies. Done.
This is a super easy way of creating your own background paper – and had I wanted to, I could have embossed the flower centres using an embossing pen and gold embossing powder, or used a glue pen and foil.
This was just a small thing – but with a stamp, some ink and as much paper as you want, the sky is the limit!
Happy Crafting, and stay safe…