It’s getting close to the Holidays and for those of you that celebrate the next few days will go by in a blur. But I often find a quietness descends on Boxing Day for a few days until the energy builds up again for New Year celebrations. If you have a moment in the Holidays, you may find this blog post helpful as a way to make quick and easy cards.
Do you have a stack of backgrounds you’ve made for other projects and for whatever reason didn’t make the cut? Maybe you made multiple backgrounds with a technique and picked your favourite or perhaps tried a new stamp in different ways to play and discover its possibilities but then didn’t end up using all the pieces you’d made. I keep all these backgrounds in a box and every now and then I pull one out to use on a card. Adding a few simple white die cuts to these backgrounds is a great way to quickly and easily make up cards. For example, the background for this card was one I’d make previously and then I simply added die cuts and a sentiment to it. I’ve linked all supplies with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.
DIE CUTS ARE GREAT FOR GIVING NEW LIFE TO LEFTOVer Backgrounds
I was in a blue/green mood, and so, for this blog post, I picked out a few backgrounds and a bunch of die cuts.
The background for this card uses the Botanical Split Background with Distress Inks and then spritzed before stamping to get the watercolour look. Next, I added watercolours to the wet stamped image for extra depth in places. Then, I splattered with leftover paint, white gouache and perfect pearls. For the die-cut focal point, I die cut the Detail Tapestry Plate from an Ivory card and from that die cut a circle. To this, I added Arched Leaf, and Flower Blooms dies. Finally, for the sentiment, I stamped the Mix and Match Everyday Sentiments stamp from Concord & 9th in Versamark ink and heat embossed it in Antique Gold embossing powder. I then die cut with the matching die and mixed and matched sentiments from these die cuts for all three cards.
There’s a video for the background of this card. You can find the blog post here or jump straight to YouTube here. As there is a video, I won’t go into lots of detail. The basis is using Distress Glazes over Texture Paste. I made several of these backgrounds testing out various different bacground options and then at the time just made one card and kept the other pieces. Today, I pulled out one of those leftover pieces and added the Privet Branch die cut from an Ivory card, paired again with the Concord & 9th sentiments.
This background was the simplest of the three. I’d previously swept wide bands of light blue watercolour to create a broad striped background. I add the Delicate Branch die and the Concord and 9th sentiment. For all three cards I embellished with sequins and pearls from Little Things By Lucy’s Cards.
I’m a private, introverted person who struggles to share details of my life other than my crafting. However, I had had so much support recently when I took a step back a little, and I can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done to help me. From private messages, comments, and people simply reaching out, if I didn’t know already how awesome this community is, I certainly would now.
Because I struggle to share details, I have found it hard to explain what has been going on with my health. However, I feel a pull to raise awareness and prevent people from experiencing what I have or worse. So over the Holidays, I plan on writing a health information post. If it saves only one person the problems I face, it would be worth any discomfort from being more public with my private life. So watch this space for that and if it’s not your thing, then I will be back in the New Year with lots more creative posts to share. I wish you and yours a safe and healthy Christmas and a fabulously creative New Year!
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Summary of the project which gives all the views of the card in one photo :D I’d love if you pinned and called by on Pinterest :D