Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Dandelion Background

I find making my own backgrounds is strangely satisfying. I can use whatever colors, patterns or images I desire and the end result is uniquely mine.  I think that's kind of fun. 

Anyway, here's a simple card that illustrates how easy it is to make your own patterned paper. I must add that this card is a CASE from the very talented Suzanne Russell at Beauty and Blessings.  Go check out her blog. She's amazing!

The background image was stamped with Desert Sand by Memento, using the dandelion-like image from Botanical Silhouettes. The stems and flowers in the foreground are from the same set, and were stamped using Ocean Tides (PaperTrey) and Bamboo Leaves (Memento).  A little yellow glitter in the flower centers, adhered using Glossy Accents so there's no rub off, completes the first layer. 

A smaller dandelion image was stamped on a scrap of white as before, then the sentiment was stamped using more Ocean Tides, then die cut with PaperTrey's Half and Half die. A mat of Ocean Tides cardstock was trimmed to match, and the two were adhered to the first layer. I decided not to use dimensionals here to avoid too much bulk.

Everything was matted with a piece of Ocean Tides, and then mounted to a white card base, after rounding the corners for a bit of softness.  I'm thinking rounding only the lower, or perhaps opposing, corners might have been more interesting, but it is what it is. 

Go try making your own background paper, but be warned--it's addictive! (Yeah, like everything about this crazy hobby isn't, right?)


  1. Kathy this is really pretty, I love the background you've created! Thanks for playing in our Midweek Throwdown challenge at Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps!

  2. Great stamps, great background! I just love the sentiment too!

  3. Love the softness and botanical feel. TFS!!!

  4. Kathy, Very nice card. Wonderful background. Your sentiment is just fabulous.

  5. What a pretty paper. I love the image on top of image. I am always impressed when some stamps well.

  6. Hi Kathy, thanks for your kind comment on my blog the other day. I am very flattered. Would you be willing to share your e-mail with me? You can send it via my e-mail address found on my blog profile . Hope to hear from you soon!