Friday, June 15, 2012

Making your own backgrounds....

is always great fun.  I have two cards to share today, that I made a couple of weeks ago, when we were away for the weekend.   I had taken limited supplies with me, and while away I bought a magazine called "Cardmaking in Easy Steps"  It had a set of stamps, some card and PP plus a few other embellishments and a lot of inspiring cards to make.   I made two cards from the instructions in the magazine.

Eat Dessert


This first one used the Sundae stamp.  I used it together with some Hero Arts Punch ink to make the background.  I used the ink to colour some white card to make the mattes.  I coloured the main image with pencils and added some glitter and glossy accents.  I took a strip of the coloured card and made the pleated strip at the bottom.  Love the sentiment that came with the stamps.

Balloon Birthday


The second one, I used the same background technique.  This time I used the new Spring ink colour Shaded Lilac to stamp the balloons randomly on the white card.  I did the same inking on white card to make my coloured card.  The focal panel is the balloon stamped three times and coloured with distress inks.  I used a Sukura gel pen to colour over the inks and a white gel pen to highlight.   I used the Shaded Lilac ink to colour the seam binding ribbon as well.   The little sentiment is from Hastings Rubber Stamps.

It's amazing what you can do with some inks and a stamp.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Dawn 

12 comments:

Isha said...

Both the cards are Gorgeous Dawn. I like the self made Pattern paper.

Maureen Morton said...

Love these cute backgrounds you made with stamps, Dawn! They set things off so perfectly! Love that sundae - great use of color. have a great weekend.

Lin said...

I don't do this enough, use a stamp for a background - it makes a great impact! Love the sentiment on your first card - I love desert!

Barb said...

Is should really do this more often - so fun, Dawn! Love both cards! :)

Elizabeth Allan said...

Great way to coordinate your focal image with the background!

Greta said...

Terrific cards--I really like the one with the balloons.

MaxineD said...

Great cards Dawn :-) I have made my own backgrounds, but not my mats... must try it.
Blessings
Maxine

cardcreationsnz said...

Wonderful cards Dawn. A great idea to use the stamp to create a background. You have given me inspiration to try that.

jintyoo7 said...

Great stamping and love all the layering :)

Monika Reeck said...

Hi Dawn, for the first time after long time ago I can put a card on my Blog again :)

I see your cute Ice cream card...love your background and the Ice cream coloring so yummy....Lovely card with your own background Dawn...

Would you mind to see my empty blog Dawn...miss you and soon I will answer your mail dear...sorry was so busy with the kids and my home and the Job :)

Lisa said...

Love the idea of using the same stamp for the bg and then highliting it with color for the main panel. It's such a simple idea and has a lot of impact :)
Isn't that shaded lilac so pretty?!

Suzanne C said...

Lovely repeating backgrounds on the cards to highlight the main image!