Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Serendipity Stamps Guest Designer



Hello and welcome to my blog!  I'm very excited today to be a guest designer for Serendipity Stamps September Challenge!  The theme this month is "Stamp Your Own Background", something that I love doing, how about you? 



To make the background for this card, I started with Serendipity Stamps Beaded Strings Background.  Background stamps are a great way to start a card, there are so many different techniques you can do with them.  I first embossed the Beaded Strings on white paper using gold embossing powder.  Next I chose 3 shades of Distress Ink, Cracked Pistachio, Tumbled Glass, and Shaded Lilac, and used my blending tool to apply the ink over the gold embossing.  This is one of my favorite color combos when I want a soft, dreamy look.  Next I splashed some water droplets over the background (the lighter color spots you see on the card).  This technique always adds a bit more interest when you're using Distress Ink.  For the circular sentiment panel I actually used a bit of a different technique, but the same ink colors.  First I embossed the sentiment,  You Make Me Happy When Skies, in gold.  Then I smooshed some of the ink onto my craft mat, sprayed with a bit of water, and used a paint brush to apply the colors where I wanted them.  I added some gold thread behind the sentiment panel, and some white sequins and purple gems, to finish the card.

I think this Beaded Strings background stamp is extremely versatile.  It would look great on just about any type/theme of card!  I hope I've inspired you to try your hand at making your own background if it's something you haven't tried yet.

One more thing before I go, there's a beautiful stamp on sale this month for 50% off at Serendipity Stamps, the Japanese Maple!  Be sure to check it out, in addition to being a lovely focal image it would be fabulous as a background.




10 comments:

  1. Diane, this is wonderful and I love that background the colors are beautiful! So happy to have you join us this month! Welcome.

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    1. Thank you, Marybeth, so happy to be joining all of you talented ladies!

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  2. Love this card! And thanks for explaining so thoroughly how you created your backgrounds. Thanks so much for playing with us at Serendipity Stamps today!

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    1. Thanks :) And thank you so much for having me!

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  3. What a beautiful background you've created! Wish I could get my colors to blend like that!

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    1. Thank you, Sarah! I use the Tim Holtz blending tool and just keep blending away until it looks like I want it to. I find using a light touch works best for this technique.

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  4. Gorgeous!! Love the background you created and that sentiment is one of my FAVS!! So happy you are playing with us this month!!

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  5. Glad that you joined us this month. Love the pairing of the two stamps. The colors you used are my favorites, so happy! Enjoying looking at your blog, thanks

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  6. So pretty! I love the aquas & purples & the gold embossing looks terrific! So happy to have you with us this month.

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  7. The background you created is so dreamy! Gorgeous embossing and soft blending! I love this!

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