Thursday, April 12, 2012

My 5 second background!

Literally, I want to share a background design I put together in seconds. Love when that happens.
 Here are my supplies for the card, including the butterfly accent.
White textured cardstock
Crafter's Workshop Harlequin stencil
Black Ancient Page stamp pad/Clearsnap
Clear embossing powder
Deep Lagoon Chalk stamp pad/Clearsnap
Green Olive/Smooch Spritz/Clearsnap
Butterfly die and stamp/Sizzix/Hero Arts
Writing background and Sentiment stamps/Hero Arts
Buttons/My Mind's Eye

 The main background to my card is right here. I placed the stencil over the white textured cardstock and gave a few little spritzes of the Green Olive spray. This color is amazing and this is a perfect way to use a stencil.  You notice that this stencil is a distress version of a harlequin design meaning it isn't a complete coverage of diamond shapes.  Some of full, some are partial.  I so like the resulting look that gives.
 Here is an important side note. Once you have sprayed ink on a stencil, you have alot of that ink sitting on top of the stencil.  Don't waste it! Have another piece of cardsock ready, carefully pick up the stencil and turn it over, placing it on the extra cardstock.  You get another great piece to use in the future. You never know just what kind of a design you are going to get but it is always wonderful.  (I had a hard time getting the color just right on this photo for some reason)
 Here is my card.  For the background, I also took the Hero Arts writing stamp and inked it with the Dark Lagoon Chalk ink.  I didn't want my piece covered with complete stampings of this image, I just wanted pieces here and there so I didn't press the stamp down totally.  I only stamped it a couple times too.
 I  love that little bit of extra interest with that blue, writing stamp here and there.
And, here is my butterfly accent.  The butterfly was stamped with black ink and embossed with clear embossing powder and then I used the butterfly die to cut this out. Wow are these dies easy to use and make for a great and perfect cut.  I did add a little bit of gray to the butterfly with Copic markers and added a little bit of Glossy Accents.  The sentiment was also stamped and then two little buttons were added.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)


  1. I think your background turned out perfect. It's so great to see how you create your own paper.

  2. This is AWESOME Linda! I loveeeeeeeeeee that background!

  3. Wow, a fantastic background and I love the tip about using the inked stencil twice! Love Penny

  4. Absolutely GORGEOUS! ! LOVE the color!

  5. Such a great way to create a background (not just once, but twice)! :) I love the end result and the subtle blue text.

  6. Stunning! And thanks for sharing! :-)
    Would never ever have thought this background only took seconds to create!
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend, Linda!

  7. ooo yes! i love it! i've got to do more spritzing!