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Creating fun backgrounds using sentiment stamps

Hi guys, I have two cards for you today and both use a neat little trick. Both use sentiment stamps in a fun way to create or enhance the background.

First card using SSS August 2016 card kit

My first card for today using the latest Simon Says Stamp card kit and a fun way to create some backgrounds using sentiment stamps.

August2016 SSS Card Kit

In this card I used this technique only in one corner, but you could always use it all over the front of your card.

I wanted this card to have a die cut red star as my focal point. This die came with the SSS August card kit. It does not cut out the star itself though. It only cuts the inside panels. I went around the sides with my scissors and cut out the star shape. I also cut it out twice – once using the red cardstock that came with the kit and once more with some red craft foam. I love to do this trick so that the die cuts, specially intricate ones, have good support when I adhere them to card base.

I wanted the card to say, ‘You’re A Star, Keep Shining Bright!’. But I couldn’t fit all that on the banner. So I used ‘You’re a Star’ sentiment as part of my background. This is a fun little trick you can do to use what you have and get more out of your supplies.

I wanted the red to stand out, so did not go with another intense color (like the chipped sapphire that came in this month’s kit). Instead I paired the festive berries color with slate gray from last month’s kit. Using the ‘You’re a Star’ sentiment stamp I created a fun little background in one corner. I stamped it first in the middle, so that the whole sentiment would show up at least once, and then went around it letting parts of the sentiment overflow. To add some red to the mix, I used the tiniest star with festive cherries distress ink

August2016 SSS Card Kit

Finally I assembled my card on a slate gray card stock (SSS July 2016 card kit), added flat backed gems from my stash and some subtle sparkle using stardust gelly roll pen.

There you have it. My card for today using SSS August 2016 card kit.

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!

Second card using Altenew Majestic Bloom and IOStamps Fancy Butterfly die

Can you believe that this card was in the making for over a month? Yes, it was! When I first got the Majestic Bloom stamp and die set, I made this flower. I stamped three layers of it (except the one which covers the entire flower) with Altenew crisp inks – all three from the Shades of Purple ink cubes set. And then it sat there on my desk because I just didn’t know what to do with it.

Then I used a Martha Stewart craft punch to die cut some peony leaves and also die cut a delicate butterfly using a IOStamps Fancy Butterfly die.

Still I wasn’t completely happy with what I could do with those. So I left them alone. For a long time.

Then today I just had the thought of using these together with some soft ink blended background paired with sentiments. That’s exactly what I did. On the card itself, I blended the soft lilac crisp ink. Over this ink blended area, I stamped the word Hugs from another Altenew stamp set – quotes and sentiments. I used the other shades of purple to randomly stamp Hugs.

altenew majestic bloom and iostamps fancy butterfly die

On top of this I foam mounted the flower, leaves and butterfly. A tiny pearl and a flat backed purple cabochon completed this card.

Supplies List

Here are the supplies I used for this card. 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. Thank you for your support!

Thanks! ~Varada

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