Beyond Basic Backgrounds

I'm thrilled to have completed my 3rd entry for the AECP. One step closer to becoming certified! The Beyond Basic Background class presented by Lydia Evans was awesome! I am head-over-heels for all of the techniques Lydia demonstrated in this video, and would highly recommend it to anyone. I learned a lot of different styles pertaining to your background in this video.

Adding a unique background to your card, allows for a more simple design as the main focal point should be the background. For my card today, I chose to go with an Ombre of pink shades, and inlayed them back into the Altenew Garden Trellis Die.

To begin, I used my die cutter and Garden Trellis die cutting 5 different shades of pink and white cardstock. I cut the white trellis die down to 4" x 5.25" and adhered it to a piece of white cardstock cut in the same size. After the piece dried, I placed the loose squares back into the white space of the die. I love, love, love the quilted effect you achieve with this technique, and will definitely be using this more often in future designs! You could use any color cardstock for this, and it would still look stunning.

While the background piece was drying, I used my Bergenia Builder Stamp from Altenew and stamped the large flower image on a piece of white cardstock. Using my Copic Colors RV21, RV23, and RV26 and colored the flower buds. I used YG06 and YG09 for the stems and greenery. Once the top portion was completed, I used a stitched circle die to and ran the stamped image through my die cutter.

Too add a little bit more sparkle to my card, I used some Tim Holtz distress glitter to the bottom part of the flower buds. I used a Ranger Emboss It Pen, and Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder to adhere the glitter. I stamped the sentiment with some pink dye ink I had laying around. To stamp the sentiment, I used my stamping tool and foam blending tool. I laid the ink down on the stamp with the blending tool lighting tapping it to avoid filling in the words on the stamp.

Using some foam tape I placed the die cut circle down on the background, aligning the sentiment and adhering it to the card. To finish up, I glued down some pink rhinestones. Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed this post. Feel free to show me your own version!

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