Hi everybody. This is one of two cards I made a little while ago which have been made using pieces of mop up copy paper from a session of gelli plate printing using Distress Inks, and which had been sitting on my table for quite a while, and I thought were too pretty to waste. This piece has a sort of pinky orange tinge and I enhanced it with some extra inks put on my glass mat and spritzed before swiping the paper through it and dried with my heat tool. I then for fun decided to cover it with these Chocolate Baroque Texture Fragments really just to see what they all looked like when stamped as they are NBUS/new and this card is their first outing.
I stamped using the same inks, i.e. Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick and Victorian Velvet. I have been wanting to get these stamps for ages, and by ages I mean probably three or four years, and for one reason or another I have ended up getting some others instead, but I decided to take the plunge, and I am so pleased I did as I think they are great for enhancing a background.
When finished I thought that it was definitely nice enough to go on a card, and as the copy paper is somewhat flimsy I stuck it on to a snippet of white card and die cut using my Crealies Pierced Rectangles. I decided to make a 7" x 5" card so wanted this to be just a smidge/tad/gnat's whisker, or if you prefer, just about 1/8" smaller.
I have had this set of stamps by Stamping Up called Painted Petals for a year or two and haven't used them a great deal. I won them over at Pixie's Playground and they have lots of flowers and leaves which you can use in all sorts of pretty combinations. There are also two group stamps, one of flowers and one of leaves which go together to make a lovely spray of flowers. I think not reaIising this at the time, I cut the flowers and leaves out so that they were all separate, and then when I tried using them together I found it difficult to get a nice arrangement so I gave up. I have recently looked at some videos of them being used and now understand how they should go together, so after practising a bit I managed to get a reasonable result. Here is a picture of the stamp set:
I finished by adding the sentiment on to the topper using Adirondack Espresso ink and then I layered it up on to my white base card.
I used the technique which I used on my Michael Powell stamped card to make the right size of rectangle on the background and both layers of the topper. This means cutting with a slightly larger die then placing it back in to nip a bit more off one side, or in the case of the white layer both sides, by hanging the die cut piece over the edge of the die making sure the pattern lines up, and then running it through again. I must admit the white layer behind the topper could have been a little bigger. I thought it needed to have a white edge to show up better against that busy background and I wanted to cover as little of the pretty background as possible.
Thank you for visiting my blog today and I'll be back soon.
I an entering the following challenges:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Weeks 315/316 where we use our snippets of paper and card etc.
Penny Black and More - Something New.
Artistic Stamper - Anything Goes.
Sieze the Birthday - Anything Birthday Goes.
OMGosh, Pat, the background is just amazing! I love the colours. The flowers make a beautiful border around the sentiment. Stunning card! xx
I agree with Liz, your background is so amazing. so much fun finding stuff you did a long time ago and such a great stamp set.
WOW! Those stamps you've used in the background are amazing. Just checked out the sight and watched a video on them. They are so unique. I've never seen anything like them. Beautiful card Pat. I believe I have that same SU! set but haven't inked it up yet. :) xx
What a super creation for our 'Something New' theme at Penny Black and More challenge Pat. It's always fun using the 'mop up's' as you never quite now what you will end up with and love the colours and CB background stamping here. Many thanks for joining in.
This is so beautiful Pat, you are so right about the background stamps, they are a super addition. I love your colours and the pretty floral images, gorgeous card, Kate x
So enjoyed reading how you made this stunning card. What a fabulous and unique background...love it. Great colour combination and those flowers are so pretty. So glad you mastered how to put them together as your card is stunning! x
Such a gorgeous card! I love the background and it complements the stamps you've used perfectly, April x
So happy you saved this piece to turn it into a smashing card! Love that background, so much color & texture. I also think your white rectangle looks just fine. A great use of the SU floral set, and your color choices just made me feel warm and happy on a chilly rainy evening! Good job and I am delighted this was a Playground win that you got to enjoy! Congratulations on that win. TFS & Hugs.
What a great card Pat! x
Oh what a beautiful floral card Pat.
Stunning card ! lovely ! Thank you so much for sharing your work with us at The Artistic Stamper
WIshing you good luck to win beautiful stamps !
Gorgeous card Pat - and the background stamps are utterly 'I must have-able!!'. Love your flowers and did have a giggle about you snipping them apart - but you managed just fine regardless! Lovely colours you used too.
Fab use of your mop ups and love those colours.
Thanks so much for sharing with us at Penny Black & More.
What a fabulous use of mop up paper Pat! You are so inventive! I LOVE the background piece you have made and the focal image with the beautiful blending around the perimeter and those pretty flowers, all add up to the most gorgeous design! You always come up with such interesting techniques! Have a great week my friend! Luv & Hugs. Hazel xx
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Your background of the focal panel looks fabulous together! Thanks for joining in at STB!!
Stunning card Pat, absolutely love these colours together. The texture stamping looks fantastic. The white borders really make the colours and those gorgeous flowers pop too, Cathy x
Your waste made a beautiful background Pat. I love the colours and the flower border framing the sentiment looks great too. A very pretty card. Barbxx
Wonderful card! Thanks for joining us at Penny Black & More and good luck!
x Daniela (DT)
WELL DONE on your win over at the playground
Delightfully pretty make and loving your background
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