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Background check – Create an Anchor for the focal point

Hello everyone and welcome to idea #2 for background check series. If you are new here, nice to meet you! :-) This month we are exploring ways to enhance the background for our card focal point.

Today’s idea is to create a panel with patterned paper as an anchor for the focal point like so:

vsbackgroundcheck - 2a

The rest of this card is just a lot of layering and playing with patterned papers and stickers (Question: would it be a good idea to do a series on techniques / design guidelines to create these fun clusters? Do let me know in the comments below!)

My main note part was a light colored one and so was my cardbase. So I decided to spice it up a bit by adding another note part right behind with a contrasting color. In fact it is the same paper as the top one, but showing its other side.

I also picked sentiment stripes from the paper pack that matched coffee / warm theme and adhered it to the note. To add little more interest, I added a banner on one side. Lastly, I added generous amount of glossy accent on all the hearts. At this point I realized I wanted just a little something-something more on the card base itself. So I stamped one of the heart images using Glacier Lake Colorbox ink, and covered it with glossy accents too.

Supplies list

For your convenience, I am sharing links to the supplies I’ve used for these cards – click on the picture or link to go directly to the product. Wherever available, I have used affiliate links, which means when you make a purchase, I receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) which I use to run this blog. I truly appreciate your support!

Doodlebug CREAM AND SUGAR 6×6 Paper Pad 5530

Doodlebug LATTE LOVE Sprinkles Shapes Assortment Cream and Sugar 5456

Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# SURF BLUE SB21

Simon Says Clear Stamps COFFEE AND TEA SSS101695

ColorBox Archival Dye Ink Full Size Inkpad, Glacier Lake

Ranger Inkssentials GLOSSY ACCENTS Glue Dimensional Adhesive GAC17042

3M Scotch 1/2-Inch by 36-Yard Double-Sided Foam Tape


Scor-Tape 1/8 Inch Crafting Tape

[Amazon] Scor-Tape