Sunday, April 14, 2013

A Background Check???

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.
Words came next. Chit Chat Stickers and Letters from Salvage Stickers helped out, and I heat embossed the word Wild using Jet Black and Clear Embossing Powder. I also colored the stickers a little with Calypso Teal to match the outside a little, and inked the edges in Walnut Stain Distress.
I found a leather strap in my stash, and thought it would make a perfect western belt, especially using Tim's new Buckle pieces and Ring Fasteners as adornments. Then I thought some gears would make great conchos, and of course every cowgirl needs her name on the back of her belt...right??? ;0) YEEHAW!!!
 
 
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!
 
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I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

35 comments:

  1. another really wonderful make and tutorial trace x

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  2. This is so cool! That studded belt across the centre looks so fantastic, and all those layers of stamping and embossing have created a background full of life and interest. I love the folded strucure, with the panel inside... Fabulous Wild West card!
    Alison x

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  3. Anita: Love it! I love the western look! I am loving that set, I can't believe a Stampers Anon. set I don't own. I love all the textures on this cards and fun images, and you know I love names on cards! Fun way to include it! Thanks for the inspiration as always!

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  4. ANita !!!!!! Pinned !!!! it's very beautiful! BArbarayaya

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  5. Wow!!! You've done a nice birthday card. I love it. The person who gets it will be surely very happy. Super you used stamps of the Wild West I really like it. And the leather strap around the card is fantastic. The background that you did one of my favorite stamps honeycomb is really stunning. Gorgerous colors :)
    Greetings Asia :)

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  6. What a fun take on the wild west! Great tutorial and all the photos really show how wonderful the card is! Sweet design!

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  7. wow that sure is a fabulous card, Annette x

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  8. Such a fabulous card, Anita!! Your girlfriend is sure to love it!!

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  9. This is awesome, Anita! I am not into the wild west theme but you have rocked this in my book. I love all the colors and texture. Your burlap binding with the buckle is my favorite along with the background. very masculine and fun. Thanks for sharing the process.

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  10. Fabby card and love those boots !

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  11. Anita...your rootin' tootin' birthday card is beautiful! I love your technique filled background. That vibrant blue color is amazing with all of the wild west stamped images on top of it! Very cute idea for your card. The embellishments really are the perfect finishing touches! <3 Candy

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  12. What a wonderful post Anita. Love all the artwork on your creation, it so well done and the colours are perfect. Hugs Rita xx

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  13. Lovely wild west piece Anita, you have captured the essence of the wild west beautifully. I love the colours together and your background stamping is lovely. I love the added buckle/belt piece, adds so much dimension and interest to your piece. The natural burlap is a lovely touch too. Tracy x x

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  14. Wow, very impressive card Anita...the use of stamps and colours is amazing. Great colourscheme on this nicely shaped card. Your friend will be so happy with it!

    Kind regards, Alie;-)

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  15. Love your Wild West card, Anita! The closure is fantastic and I love how oyu used those numbers to add her age to it. Fabulous!

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  16. Hmmmm, this puts a whole new slant on stamping with DP's and then using sprays. It clearly works beautifully and I love the blue/white/orange-red colour scheme. That belt element really finishes the whole project off perfectly. Hugs, Jenny x

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  17. Yeee Hawww! ;) This card is a whole lot of fun and I love the touch of burlap,,,it really finishes the piece nicely! :)

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  18. What a fun and wild card, Anita! Your friend is gonna love it for sure! Great theme and stunning colors! Hugs, Sandra

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  19. I love this card, Anita! Would you consider putting up a pattern on how you made the card base with the pocket?

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  20. You never fail to amaze me with your creations Girl!! This is SO cool!

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  21. Great card... love the western feel !!
    Awesome use of the buckles and ring fastners!

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  22. This is Rooting Tooting fabulous! What a great Western themed background project! Love it and all the details! Hugs!

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  23. How cool is this ?! A wonderful idea and a great piece of art.

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  24. Howdy Anita !!!! Love this Fabuliys Western Project. Brilliantly thought out piece for a fab challenge. Hope your trip went well and you are adjusting to time difference.

    Crafty hugs

    Annie x

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  25. Wow, wow, wow! I love this bold, distressed, wonderfully engineered card. The design is fabulous, for starters! Love the unique fold and the sassy little pocket inside. Then, the stamping....oh, how glorious. Your use of watermark ink and embossing powder is pure brilliance here. I love the paisleys! They are so unexpected, and completely fun. I love the way the vintage flowers peek out here and there. Such a great step-out, too, Anita. The whole thing just makes me want to shout "yee-haw"! And I don't even LIKE cowboys!

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  26. Oh my clever cowgirl! You just keep coming up with these wonderful creative ideas!! Thank you!

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  27. Hi gal, well this is priceless and love it every bit of it. Don't know if lyou are back or yet but hope you enjoyed it very much. Welcome home. oxoxxo

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  28. Неожиданно увидеть после ряда тегов такую вот открытку :-)) Моя любимая цветовая гамма! Анита, ты-мастер! Ну что тут ещё говорить? Я благодарю Небеса, что познакомилась с тобой и могу наслаждаться твоими чудесными работами!

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  29. Для меня неожиданно увидеть открытку после ряда тегов! Моя любимая цветовая гамма! И композиция... Анита-ты мастер! Ну что ещё говорить? Я каждый раз благодарю Небеса, что знакома с тобой и что могу наслаждаться твоими чудесными работами!...

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  30. I reckon you've done it again, little Missy! Your Western card background design is fabulous. I really like the innovative belt design and gift card pocket too. You are so creative. Blessings!

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  31. What a fun card! Love the colours you have used and all of the texture from the background stamping. The shape is awesome and the belt with the buckle, name, and gears is inspired. Lucky friend. She'll be noticing little details on this one for a while.

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  32. I have always loved westerns, This is a great card, love the way the "belt" closes it. Love that belt by the way. just love this card.

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