You've read it right! It's time to do a thorough investigation at Simon Says Stamp & Show this week...of your stamps that is! It's no secret that I am an avid collector, lover, and user of stamps (I know you all are as well!). I especially love my background stamps, and seem to use them the most, not only for backgrounds, but to add bits of them here and there on projects. I also love to take a whole collection of stamps that go together and make my own background papers. So with all this in mind, your challenge this week is to use a "Background" stamp in some way, shape, or form on a project. You can also use any stamp you’ve got to create a clever background design as well. The possibilities are endless!
You are in for a wild time with this card's background! I've used a whole stamp set, as well as two different background images to create the whole base for this card. Nothing else is needed here, except a closure, and a recipient. I made this birthday card for a very dear girlfriend of mine who is tough as nails!
|Using Ranger's Watermark Resist, I stamped Wendy's Honeycomb image (Now chickenwire!) over the whole card. I love using Watermark Resist, as it's very subtle.|
|Using Tim's Wild West Stamp Set, I began stamping the Star border in Jet Black Archival and heat embossing it with Ranger's Clear Powder.|
|I stamped the rest of the images from the set and heat embossed those as well, and used Unity's Melody Ross Brave Girl Boots as well.|
|I wanted some white in there for a pop, so I stamped the paisley in Snow Cap and then heat embossed it.|
|I used a paintbrush and painted a few larger areas of the images in with Distress Paint.|
|I couldn't leave Distress Paint on the craft mat or wipe it away, so out came clean up tags. The clean up will make gorgeous backgrounds for sure.|
|I stamped Wendy's Heirloom Flower background image in Picket Fence Distress Paint over a few areas on the card outside and on the inside pocket, where I will stick in a few goodies.|
|Dyan's Calypso Teal finished this background off. All the areas painted with Distress Paint and the heat embossed resisted the spray. On the places where I left a little embossing powder, it made a distressed look since the paper was kraft. I love the look.|
|For the card that I would write on, I first stamped Wendy's background Flower stamp with Watermark Resist, then I made a marbled background with Barn Door, Antique Linen, and Picket Fence Distress Ink. The flowers barely show through. I love it!|
|I gave the inside a white wash with Picket Fence Distress Stain. I inked the edges in Walnut Stain Distress Ink.|
Do you love to stamp? Do you have favorites that you use all the time to make or use in your backgrounds? If so, create some type of Art using these stamps to make a gorgeous background, and enter it into our challenge. You just might be the lucky winner of a $50 voucher to Simon Says Stamp. You can also be named as one of the "Top Three Picks" for this challenge. Good luck, and you won't have to dig deep to see what's in the other DT member's backgrounds. Just go visit their blogs to see!
I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!