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Background check – go with plain cardbase for background

Hello dearies! I am back with my next installment of inspiration for backgrounds. Idea #5 is the simplest of them all – go with plain cardbase. Don’t have any kind of pattern or texture for the background at all. It does not get any simpler than this, guys! :-)

If you are new here, welcome!! :-) This month we are exploring ways to create great backgrounds for our card focal point. You can check out the earlier posts in this series by clicking here.

Here’s my card for today. Other than a strip of washi tape on the side, the background itself does not have anything on it.

background check card 5a

I originally thought I would keep it all plain, without even the washi on the side. But while scoring this card, I did not get a nice smooth edge. So to cover up my mistake, I added the washi tape on the side {like I totally meant to do that, ya know? ;-) }

For the focal point I die cut cute little coffee cups twice with white paper and twice with gray paper. Next I cut out the coffee-cozy (the-round-wrap-around-thing-that-protects-hands-from- touching-the-hot-cups) from the gray paper and added vertical lines to them using Zig gray markers. I also used few more Zig markers to color in their eyes (yes!), lips and hearts. To get some more definition to their caps, I added shadows using the Zig gray marker. Once they were ready, I assembled all the little pieces by mounting them on pieces of foam tape and filling in those tiny parts.

Instead of stamping my sentiment, I decided to go with a couple sentiment strips from the patterned paper pack.

Before I took off the back release paper of the foam tape on those coffee cups, I arranged everything as I wanted and stamped three hearts at the top. After this, I added rest of the pieces and finished off by added glossy accents to all the hearts.

Supplies List

All the patterned paper as well the coffee cup die came from Simon Says Stamp Feb 2017 card kit. You can subscribe to this (no obligation) card kit of the month program for $24.95 plus shipping and handling. Kits can also be purchased individually at Simon Says Stamp store for $29.95 plus Shipping and Handling. And you can also buy many of the elements of the kit separately.

This particular Simon Says Stamp card kit was sold out. But 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!

More like this

Ok, some more fun using this technique:

  1. This card was made by my daughter when she was 6! One of my most favorite cards of all :-)

Best Teacher Ever card using stickers 1
  1. This one came together in under 10 mins and in this post I am sharing several different stamps where you can achieve similar results! Do check it out!!

card under 10 mins
  1. For this card below the plain white background makes the focal point so much more attractive. Don’t you think?

  1. You can totally use this trick with store-bought / ready-to-use cardbases which already have some subtle pattern on them. The one below came from StampinUp kit, I think.

Card using SSS Feb 2016 card kit


This month onwards, I will be hosting giveaways! To win a $20 gift card to a craft store of your choice, leave a comment here by 11:59pm CST on 2/28/2017 telling me the best thing that happened to you today. :-) (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and emailed after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

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Big thank you and warm hugs! ~Varada

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