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When picking a challenge this year I went with an old favorite: background building.
I sort of went a little wild as I wanted to hit on some (just a few) of the possibilities.
I created 2 cards using word backgrounds with The Big, the Bold and Merry and Comfort + Joy. Those big words really have so many uses. Simply changing out the word and color schemes changes things up.
To diffuse the busy pattern I added panel of vellum to each card. I cut out the solid circles from True Multifaceted Circle Cutaways.
For the merry card, I stamped the poinsettia in black ink from In Bloom: Elsa's Flora and watercolored it in using abandoned coral and fired brick Distress Ink by Tim Holtz. To the center I added some black toner paint and ran it through the Minc using gold foil. I also die cut "merry" from The Big, the Bold and Merry Cutaways using black toner paper which I also ran through the Minc with gold foil. I assembled the items and attached them to the vellum panel with foam dimensional adhesive.
For the joy card, I cut out the patterned circle from True Multifaceted Circle Cutaways and inked it up using Distress Inks. I assembled the circles and added a die cut "joy" from The Big, the Bold and Merry Cutaways using black toner paper which I also ran through the Minc with silver foil. I assembled it all.
Next I made a really simple background using Scenery: Pattern of the Rings Creative Screenings and different orange Distress Inks by Tim Holtz for an ombre look. Then I cut a solid heart from True Multifaceted Heart Cutaways inked with broken china Distress Ink by Tim Holtz. I embossed the sentiment from LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T Designs in copper. I added the heart to the background panel with foam dimensional adhesive. Last I added some gems by Studio Calico.
For my next card I stamped a single flower stamp from In Bloom: Eva's Favorite Flowers over and over in Distress Ink by Tim Holtz on a panel of white cardstock with the pale pink throughout the panel and the darker colors added to the middle. I stamped the three larger flowers in grey ink and then used a Minc black toner marker to trace over the stamped images and then ran it through the Minc with gold foil. I cut the In a Word: Thanks Cutaway from black toner paper and ran it through the Minc with gold foil. I layered the flower panel to a larger layer of black toner paper foiled in gold.
For my last card I used a piece of brown foil that had earlier been used with the Cover Model: The Leaf Effect Cutaway and ran it through the Minc on a piece of black toner paper. I added the panel to a A2 card base. I added the sentiment using a gold foiled In a Word: Happy Cutaway (black toner paper run through the Minc).
I hope something I made will inspire you to make some backgrounds of your own with stamps, stencils, dies, paint, or anything that makes you happy! I can't wait to see your creative backgrounds take center stage on your lovely cards.
Prize: One randomly chosen project that is linked up will win $50.00 gift credit to the w&w shop.