Angelica Conrad was a guest designer for Online Card Class Spring Card Camp 2, Day 2. Her cards used border stamps to create background paper.
I pulled out several stamp sets that had different styles of stripes. I decided to use different shade of blue for my card. I used my MISTI to help me ensure the lines were straight and stamped my first hash line stripe in the center of a quarter sheet of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock. I then moved on to stamping three lines above hash line stripes and then moved on to a wide solid strip above the 3 lines tripe and a thinner solid strip below the hash line stripe and repeated this pattern until the panel was completely stamped.
I cut down the panel using a stitched rectangle ensuring that the top and bottom stripes were even. It was then adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase with liquid glue.
I didn’t want to cover up too much of this background so I decided to use a small square for my sentiment. I used an Ellen Hutson Essential Square Die. I like these dies because they not only cut a square, but they cut a thin border square at the same time. I stamped the sentiment with the darkest blue ink I had used on the background and then smooched the thin border into the ink pad so that it would match. It wasn’t perfect coverage, so I pulled out a Copic Marker that closely matched and touched thin border until it was completely covered.
I took a scrap of Darice Sticky Back Foam and added to the sentiment square and adhered it to the top center of the striped panel. The thin border was adhered directly to the card front with liquid glue.
I decided to add a small embellishment to the card and pulled out Simon Says Stamp Balloon Bouquet and used just one of the balloons. I colored the balloon portion of the die with Copic Markers, leaving the string white. I traced around the balloon onto a scrap of sticky back foam and fussy cut it. I decided where I wanted to place it and then cut away a portion of the foam so that it would lay flat over the sentiment square and be supported on the card front. A little bit of liquid glue was used to hold the balloon string in place.
The final embellishment was add a few blue sequins around the sentiment and the card was done.
For the next two cards I used blue, purple and pink Distress inks to create by backgrounds. My favorite with this technique is always the first pass, it has the most vibrant colors. The second background you create the colors are no longer separate but have run together to make more subtle variations in color.
For this first card I die cut down the watercolor background to fit a top folding A2 cardbase. Net I cut the Poppy stamps Happy Birthday Background three times from Neena Classic Crest 110# Solar White Cardstock and adhered them together with liquid glue. The thickness of this paper really adds a lot of dimension.
I laid the negative die cut on the watercolor background to determine placement of the words and adhered them in place using liquid glue. I carefully removed the negative rectangle because I wanted to use it on the next card.
I love how beautifully vibrant this background turned out.
For the second card I took the three negative die cuts and adhered them together with liquid glue and adhered them to the second background created. I like the way it looks as well, but my favorite it the first card, it really lets the smooshed background pop.
Below is the second card created.
Update 05/02/20: I liked the second card made with this technique but I felt that it needed a little something more. I just got this mini cupcake die from My Favorite Things and thought it would give this card that little something extra. Let me know what you think.
I had this pretty Spellbinders Impressibilites Flower Silhouette. This is a very thin embossing plate that requires you to use the embossing mat and shims to make a successful impression.
Once the embossing was complete I aid it over the area and taped it down to add ink blending to the background of the image.
I love the look of black and yellow so I pulled out the “birthday” sentiment from My Favorite Things Cause to Celebrate and cut it from black cardstock and again from black foam to add dimension and adhered it to the bottom of the card with liquid glue. I stamped the secondary sentiment on ink blended cardstock with black amalgam ink and added it below the birthday die cut with foam tape.
The embossing focal panel was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase with dotliner adhesive.
For this card I pulled out the Spellbinders Basic Lattice Background. It doesn’t have a finished edge so I pulled out My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frame and adhered the two together with liquid glue.
Blue Distress Oxide Inks were used to ink blend a background behind the lattice die cut and then it was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase.
A balloon bunch was printed and color with matching blue and teal inks, cut with the Silhouette Cameo PIXScan Mat. Foam tape was added to the back and then it was adhered to the card front.
The sentiment was stamped with VersaMark Ink onto a scrap of teal cardstock, and cut into a banner and adhered using additional foal tape.
When I saw this cute image from Lili of the Valley I immediate thought of my daughter-in-law.
Because I wanted to color it with Copic Markers it was printed with a laser printer. Once the coloring was complete it was die cut using a Silhouette Cameo PIXScan Mat. Foam tape was added to the back for dimension.
For the scene a rectangle was die cut using My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle and then ink blended with My Favorite Things Cloud Mix-ables. The sentiment was then stamped and embossed with white embossing powder and the focal image was added to the front.
When I showed my friend the last card I made with this Honey Bee stamp set she said it would be perfect for her grandson’s birthday. He plays a lot of musical instruments and is part of a drum core. So I decided to make her a card that would include a drum and trumpet, which are some of the instruments he plays.
This time I stamp Gina K. Designs Music Medley Background on some Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock in Simon Says Stamp Barely Beige Ink. I then stamped the images directly over the background, masking some of the images to overlap.
Once I was done coloring I die cut the focal image with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle. I used them on most of my cards. I like the finished result that they give. I adhered the panel to a black cardbase.
I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of black cardstock and heat embossed with detailed white embossing powder. Added some foam tape to the back for dimension. I then stamped musical notes as if the sound was coming out of the instruments.
I really liked the way the card looked, but at the last moment I decided to add some Ranger Glossy Accents to the instruments. I think it really added to the card.
I had an extra rectangle of hot pink alcohol ink cardstock waiting to be used. I decided to die cut the Poppy Stamps Happy Birthday Background and add the hot pink panel behind it. It needed a little something extra so I pulled out the cupcake from Simon Says Stamp’s Birthday Circle and die cut it from both white cardstock and hot pink glitter cardstock and adhered it to the bottom left of the card front.
Stamps Happy Birthday Background
Says Stamp Birthday Circle
Alcohol Ink Background in Pink and Silver
I met my husband while he was playing Charlie Brown at summer stock theater. When I saw some cute Charlie Brown Peanut images on Coloring 4-Kids I couldn’t resist making some cards with them. This first card is the peanuts gang ready to play some ball. I colored it with Copic Markers, die cut it using the Silhouette Cameo and adhered it to an ink blended background. Wish his birthday wasn’t in October, but someone else from our generation will love it.
I love the way this stamp set from Ellen Hutson covers the front of a card. I stamped it on Bristol Smooth Cardstock and colored it with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, cut it out with the matching die, and mounted it with foam tape on a pretty background rectangle.
Ellen Hutson Mondo Sakura
Poppy Stamps Birthday Blowout
Memento London Fog Ink
Hero Arts Detail Clear Embossing Powder
ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Makers: 021 Light Carmine, 028 Pale Pink, 048 Emerald Green, 042 Turquoise Green
I purchased Poppy Stamps Happy Birthday Background awhile ago and finally got around to using it. I really like the way it looks on a card. I ink blended a background in rainbow colors using Distress Oxide Inks and placed it behind the background die panel. Stamp a sentiment on some black cardstock and popped it up with foam tape. A clean and simple card to create.