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You all know I LOVE fancy background paper – I use it a lot and I have been known to create secret stashes of my favourites. But sometimes I just don’t have the right colour, shape, scale or some other detail I am feeling finicky about. This leaves me with no choice but to I just make my own! And guess what – it’s NOT difficult!

Let me prove it to you – take a look at this card and be sure to check out the bright background paper.

How did you do that?

Now you might be wondering, “Where on earth did Chrissy find that flower stamp?”  I’ll let you in on a little secret, it’s not a flower stamp at all. It’s a combination of three stamps from the Sweet Conversations Bundle: the middle-sized heart, the hug (“o”) and the little dotty circle.  Pretty cool right?

Using the heart to make flowers means you get more use out of this great bundle. It opens lots of possibilities rather than this stamp being just for Valentine’s Day! I love when you can extend the versatility of a stamp set further than its intended use.  When I can do that, I feel like I’m getting better value for money, or as my husband would say “more bang for my buck.”

Creating the flower.

  1. Start by stamping the “o” in yellow on your white or vanilla cardstock. I used Mango Mango Melody. My white cardstock piece measures 3¾” x 5½”
  2. Mask the “o” with some masking paper or a post-it note.
  3. Stamp the heart so the tip/point of the heart is overlapping your mask.  I stamped my flowers in Orchid Oasis and Sweet Sorbet inks.
  4. Turn your paper slightly and stamp your next heart so the left half of your heart is stamped over top of the right side of your previous heart.
  5. Repeat this process until you’ve stamped all around the circle.
  6. Remove the mask and colour the inside of the “o’ with your Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Marker.
  7. Stamp the small dotty circle over the Daffodil Delight centre in Pumpkin Pie ink.

How easy was that flower?

So surprisingly simple.

Keep creating flowers until your white cardstock has five or six flowers on it covered. Remember they can be stamped off the edge of the card stock to make it look like patterned paper.  Add some leaves from one of your other stamp sets.  I used leaves from the Artistically Inked stamp set stamped in Parakeet Party. That’s your Fancy Background paper done! Simple right?

Let’s assemble the rest of the card.

Add some ribbon and layer your white piece onto a card mat that is 3⅞” x 5⅝” and adhere it to the front of your card base. The cardstock I used for my layer was Starry Sky. My card base is Thick White Cardstock which is 4″ x 11½” scored and folded at 5¾”.

Now it’s time for your sentiment layers.  Use any sentiment stamp that you have on hand.  I happened to have Biggest Wish and Starry Sky Ink on my desk.  My white/vanilla sentiment layer measures 2″ x 2½” but you can adjust this size to suit your sentiment.  I added some Parakeet Party leaves to fill in some of the blank space.

Your next layer will need to be ⅞” larger than your white layer.  If you’re using the same measurements as me, this layer will measure 2⅛” x 2⅝”. The measurements for the last sentiment layer is 2¼” x 2¾”.  Layer all your sentiment layers together with your seal+ or multipurpose glue and affix these layers to the card front using Dimensionals.

Lastly, add some bling and a Wink of Stella.

Voila!

You have a card made with your own fancy background paper. I’ve listed all the materials I used to make this card at the bottom of this post so you can easily see what you need. Now if you want to step things up, you can use the heart dies to make flowers too. Once you get started the possibilities are endless.

What else you must know

You can purchase the Sweet Conversations stamp set on its own, but I recommend saving 10% and buying it as a bundle with the dies or as the entire  Sweet Talk Suite Collection that includes coordinating designer series paper, Real Red Faux Linen ribbon, Gingham embossing folder, Sweet Little Boxes and Iridescent Rhinestone Basic jewels. This stamp set, dies and collection are not carried over to the new 2022-2023 Annual Catalogue and won’t be available after 30 June 2022.  I suspect these products will sell out earlier so be sure to grab them while you still can.

I hope you enjoyed this easy tutorial. I’d love to see what you make using this technique, so share it on your social media and tag The Creative Eclectic so I can see your creation.

Until next time Happy Creating.

Chrissy xo

 

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