Tuesday, August 26, 2014

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Beautiful Backgrounds, Part 1

If you like butterflies, this week's card on the main Inky site will flutter its way into your heart:


It was created by Inky artist Nancy Baier using CLB-002 Butterfly Background Cling Mount Stamp, which is part of her new Beautiful Backgrounds collection:

 
This cling mounted background stamp (along with the five other background stamps from this collection) measures 5 1/2" x 5 1/2", so that you can stamp it vertically OR horizontally onto a card.
 
Normally it can be a bit difficult to work with such a big stamp, but we've got an extra large rocker-style stamp mount (XLORSM) from our sister company Art Gone Wild, which makes it easy to get a crisp, clear impression with little pressure needed:
 
 
Like the butterfly card above, you can ink these background stamps in black and color in the design using your favorite media, such as colored pencils and Gamsol, as shown in this one made with CLB-005 Tropical Background Cling Mount Stamp:
 

One of my favorite things about these background stamps is their versatility. As you've already seen, you can use the whole background (tropical card) or cut the image into sections and use the elements separately (butterfly card).

Nancy explains, "Unlike a lot of background stamps that are simply a pattern, these are standalone images unto themselves. So you can easily use them as a background because their size will fill your card base area, or use them as a main image for your project."

Although it may be tempting to always color the entire image, you might enjoy experimenting with a few other looks. For example, portions of the image can be featured by stamping the entire image in black but only coloring in certain elements (as shown with CLB-005 Woodland Background):


"I love this spotlighting technique," Nancy continues. "[The flowers and pinecone] were emphasized by coloring with alcohol markers. A little sponging around the edges enhances the effect."

In this next version, the bird from CLB-001 Bird Background was stamped again separately, cut out, and popped up with foam tape for dimension:
 

He's perched above a coordinating floral piece, which was stamped with the daisies from CLB-005 Sm. Blooms & Butterflies Strips Cling Mount Set:


There are three other "strip" style cling mount sets available. Each strip measures about 1 1/4" x 5 1/2", to give you a range of design options!

Here's that Woodland Background again, this time stamped in black and left uncolored, to serve as "a background in the truest sense of the word," says Nancy, "creating a great landscape for other stamps and sentiments":


The vertical piece was made with CLB-005 Flowers & Flourishes Strips Cling Mount Set. It's also stamped in black, except the "negative space" has been colored to match the matting on the sentiment.

Today's final card was heat embossed with clear powder after stamping CLB-003 Leaves Background Cling Mount Stamp in black, and then the entire panel was colored using a blending tool and Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Crushed Olive, Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, Scattered Straw, and Shabby Shutters:


The yellow design behind the sentiment is from CLS-003 Lots of Leaves Strips Cling Mount Set, and I think it makes such a lovely base for the sentiment. All saying stamps shown on these cards are available in 11253MC Script Sentiments #1 and 11254MC Script Sentiments #2 Clear Stamp Sets.

Stay tuned for even more ideas using the Beautiful Backgrounds collection. Part 2 will be coming your way next Tuesday!

4 comments:

stamping sue said...

all I can say is these cards are BEAUTIFUL!
stamping sue
http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

Sue D said...

Beautiful colors on these cards.

Katie said...

Wow, looked at the stamp links, what beautiful stamps! Love them all. :) Awesome cards, love the bright colors! Very fun and pretty. Thanks for sharing.

Katie B.

Tammy C said...

Wow! Beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing.