March 16, 2012

Moving Backgrounds Forward

Background designs are often thought of as a pattern that is set behind a prominent focal image to complement and enhance. 

Today’s project looks at reversing this practice and moves the background forward toward the “center stage” with small complementary accents.

Repeatedly stamping Penny Black's Lace Flower on white cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine ink and heat embossing with clear powder created a prominent base.  Next, the design was colored and shaded to build up depth.

After matting with black and white cardstocks, small touches were added for visual interest.

A sentiment tag.

Crystal gems were colored with a black Sharpie for the flower centers 
and a ribbon was distressed with Stone Gray StazOn.

The richness of the warm gray cardstock was enhanced with a sponge dauber and Gray Flannel Memento with a touch of Delicata Golden Glitz here and there.  Frost Dazzle VersaMark ink was pounced directly from the pad on all the edges then they were heat embossed with clear powder.

Tip/Hint:  Consider stamping an 8 ½ x 11 sheet of cardstock when creating the background panel.  Trim the amount needed for the current project and have an additional pre-stamped section ready for future cards.

Thank you for joining me today!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Penny Black Stamps: Lace Flower 4241K, Gratitude 30-105
Penny Black Mix & Match Cardstock: Storm 01-001, 01-002, 01-003
Copic Markers
EK Success: 3D Dots
Making Memories: Ribbon
Mark Richards: Crystal Stickers
Sharpie: Black
Tsukineko: Onyx Black VersaFine, Gray Flannel Memento, Delicata Golden Glitz, Stone Gray StazOn, Frost Dazzle VersaMark, Sponge Dauber, Clear Embossing Powder