Saturday, August 11, 2018

August Leading Lady Tracey McNeely | Take Two

Our August Leading Lady, Tracey McNeely is back for her sensational second performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE.   Today's awesome cards are sure to inspire you to stamp your own patterns (I know I will)!

Ladies and gentlemen, Tracey...

Happy Saturday and I am back again taking over the Winnie & Walter blog today with my Week 2 post as the August Leading Lady.

Last week I gave you some tips on ways I personally add extra to my CAS cards without adding extra weight both physically and design wise. This week my theme is creating background papers. I'm going to share some tips on how I create my own background papers by using images from the same or multiple stamp sets.

When creating a background with multiple stamps I follow some basic rules to make the design look more authentic and whimsical.

1) Stamp some of the images off the edges.
2) Rotate the images so that they are no all the same direction.
3) I either leave the same amount of space between all my images or I vary the spacing once again encouraging the artistic and whimcical feel.
4) I personally always start my design in the upper left corner of my panel and then as I build the design I work down and towards the centre of the panel filling in the spaces as I stamp. There is less chance of getting cornered where you can't fit an image into the space and end up leaving an awkward space.

For my first card I used Purrfect with Evelin T Designs to create a fun background for this playful kitty. To reinforce that the playful theme of the card the balls of wool are all turned all different directions and the spacing varies to represent that this naughty kitty left the balls of wool all over the house! All my stamped was done with Copic friendly ink and the images were coloured with Copic Markers--R00, G12, B000, V01, Y13, T0 and T1.

 closer look--

For my second card I used In Bloom: Carolina`s Florals with Angelica Suarez. I stamped using the outline images with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and then clear embossed on Bristol Smooth cardstock for using ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers. On this card I kept the spacing between the images the same but I did continue to turn the images around on the panel. I used the two tiny branches to fill in the gaps. The ZIG colours I used were--021, 028, 050, 052, 036, 031 and 041. Once the watercolour was dry I added my sentiments. The happy and `birthday wishes`was white heat embossed on black cardstock. The happy was popped up with foam tape.

a closer look--

I have a  $30 gift certificate for Winnie & Walter gift certificate to giveaway on my blog, In My Creative Opinion. Visit all four of my Leading Lady posts this month and leave me a comment. On September 3rd I will draw a name from all my comments from over the month to win.  You can enter once each week so you will have four chances to win., good luck!

I hope you had fun learning how I create my own patterned backgrounds with stamps. See you again next Saturday for another Leading Lady post. Have a great day.



  1. the colorful backgrounds! The balls of yarn strewn all over the house by naughty kitties is exactly what would happen here if I did knitting or crocheting. Good reason not to try to learn! Ha.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  2. Lovely backgrounds !! Your cards are cute :)

  3. I love these!!! What fun and fabulous cardd!

  4. Fabulous cards and great tips for stamping backgrounds, Tracey!!! You are awesome!!!

  5. Cute backgrounds. Love the yarn and kitty.

  6. 2 great examples of your tips, Tracey!

  7. Thank you for all the advice & two fab examples, it's advice on the things like this that as a newer carmaker I find most helpful. Look forward to seeing & reading more, off to your blog.

  8. This is always a fun technique and your cards are lovely. Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. LOve that playful little furball… and his toys! a wonderful lesson, my friend!

  10. Thanks for the tips on creating background with multiple images. Your cards are amazing!

  11. I love using smaller stamps to make a fun and colorful background, and that kitty is too too cute!

  12. LOL, that kitty is going to make such a mess with her yarn ball! Love these cards.

  13. Your sweet kitty with the ball off yarn is SO DARLING! I love his color and the design of this stamp is really unique!
    Take care!

  14. Great background ideas. Love the flowers - your coloring is beautiful.


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