Make a Card Background Design From A Surprise Source!

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You will never puzzle over how to make a beautiful card background design again!

Sometimes we have an idea of our focal elements but trying to work out a just-as-gorgeous card background design can be a stumper. Well, if you have any of our layered flower stamp sets, you will be stumped no more! Check out how Carol used just a single layer from one of our brand new floral stamp sets to create a background just as beautiful as the rest of her card! Let’s take a look.

To create this beautiful card background design, Carol stamped a panel of white card stock with the BASE layer of two of the flower stamps from our new Fresh Breeze set. PRO TIP: “Condition” your stamps by rubbing a white eraser over them until the gloss is gone to help remove the finish. This prevents the ink from beading up on that glossy coating. Carol used the palest shades of Color Fuse Ink from each of the sets #5, #6 and #9. Then she added her stems with Clover Color Fuse Ink from Set #10.

Carol says “Be sure to let some of the flowers hang off of the edges to create more of a natural background look.” And since she was going to be repeating her stamping, she opted to use an acrylic block to allow for fast reinking and being able to position her blooms just so.

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We interrupt our scheduled broadcast to let you know that when you purchase all twelve four-color sets of our hands-down awesome Color Fuse Ink, you get them all for $136.00. That’s less than $3.00 each and they are truly fabulous. That’s not US talking (though we DO love them!) – that’s the feedback we hear over and over from thrilled customers. Just LOOK at these gorgeous shades!

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Ok, back to Carol’s divine card. Now that she had her precious background completed, she created her focal elements. She stamped all three layers of her flowers using the same Color Fuse sets. You can see how the shades in each Color Fuse family are designed to work perfectly together to give you stunning works of art with absolutely no fuss! While creating the layers, Carol switched to using her stamp positioner because she wanted to be sure, if she needed to overstamp to get more color saturation, she’d have that perfect alignment that gives all that delicious detail.

PRO TIP: To give that final layer of color an additional pop, Carol skipped the third shade (second darkest) from each Color Fuse Ink set, allowing that darkest shade to really stand out against the other two. Carol also asks “Don’t you love how the ink cubes are labeled by color and number?!” We specified that feature because there is NOTHING more annoying than having to turn over all your ink cubes to see which color you are using. Argh!

Carol cut out her flowers leaving just the tiniest border of white to help them stand out. She then used the next to largest die from our Nested Oval Small Stitch set to cut a piece of vellum. Carol was able to double score with this element because she used a piece of vellum left over from another project that had been sprayed with Glitter Dust. This is why we always encourage you to save those scraps!

Carol added her flowers to the vellum with liquid glue and then added some foam tape to the back of vellum hidden behind the flowers and popped it onto her background panel. She then added that to her card base with some adhesive tape.

Last she stamped her sentiment in black ink onto a white card stock scrap, trimmed it to a tidy rectangle and added it to the card with liquid glue over the vellum and foam tape on the bottom corners for support.

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This card is just so pretty! You will want to add these goodies to your cart – remember, free shipping this weekend with just a $25.00 product order! – to make this card. And think about treating yourself to the whole Color Fuse Ink collection – you won’t regret it!
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