Learn how to make a stunning DIY greeting card background!
There are zillion ways to make a fun greeting card background perfectly suited to your project and this one from Annie just blew us away. Have you ever seen such a great mix of a modern, almost mysterious background combined with an adorable, focal element? We just love this juxtaposition of two styles and can’t wait to show you how she did it!
To start on this card for teenage girl, Annie stamped the little bunny from our Over the Moon stamp set, colored her in with her watercolor markers and cut her out with the coordinating die.
Then, to create that striking matte and pearl background, Annie stamped our Zebra background stamp onto two pieces of purple card stock cut to just a whisker smaller than a card front size with Versafine Clair Nocturne and Versamark. Using a soft brush, she applied various shades of Perfect Pearls in white and purple to the Versmarked panel and set them with a soft mist of water. When they were completely dry, She trimmed 1 1/2″ off the top and bottom of the pearlized panel, saving the center section for another project. PRO TIP: Until you adhere the pieces together, you may want to keep them lined up on your craft surface to make sure you don’t have to fiddle to align the pattern later.
Next, to have everything ready, Annie used our Birthday Script with Shadow dies and cut black and silver card stock to create her main greeting, adhering them together with liquid glue. She stamped “Happy” from our Build a Phrase #1 set with Versmark onto a scrap of black card stock and heat embossed it with silver powder, trimming it down into a crisp rectangle.
Now, to put it all together! Annie matted the black and purple zebra panel onto black card stock and added it to her white card base, all with her tape runner. She then lined up her top and bottom pearlized strips over the darker zebra panel and adhered them with foam tape. She then used more foam tape to add her bunny, her die cut words and her stamped sentiment. You can see how just this easy addition of dimensional adhesive creates rich depth and shadow on this simple yet stunning card.
We love this idea for a greeting card background that has some pizzazz, is relatively easy to make AND can be adapted using so many different designs. Try it out and let us know what you think!