Saturday, 10 March 2018

Savannah Giraffes

Happy Saturday!
Meet today's card inspired by a new stamp I just picked up from Technique Junkies.
I love this sculptural looking tree and just had to have it.
I wanted to make a totally unusual background as well so here is what I did.

I began by stamping the large Alpha Collage onto my paper using grey Memento ink.  I wanted the letters to be visible but not prominent.  Using a ruler, I drew in a grid pattern and watercolored the squares using my Distress inks, trying to give each square some variation of colour by using similar shades and adding more or less water.
When that was all dry, I placed the stamp into my Misti and inked it with black Memento.  I then clear heat embossed the image to help make it pop.
I mounted the whole piece onto a piece of black then colored cardstock and then to my white card front.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
I hope you are inspired to use your background stamps in a different way too.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Time Out- BOLD
Alphabet Challenge- 'Y' YOUR CHOICE

Stamps- Savannah Giraffes (Technique Junkies); Alpha Collage (Hampton Arts)
Ink- Tuxedo Black, London Fog Memento; Distress inks in various colours (TH)
Paper- heavy white, black and yellow cs (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti (Sweet Petunia); clear eb powder; heat tool, Copic marker, 
paint brush


Pat said...

This is a great idea for a background Karen and the alphabet looks perfect on the different watercoloured squares. The silhouette accacia tree and giraffes are a really strong image to place over the top and a great stamp to add to your stash. x

Dortesjs said...

beautiful love this Out of this world..;O))

Anonymous said...

Very good design! and an interesting paring. Bee L.

Verna Angerhofer said...

What a wonderful background for that awesome image. This looks so gorgeous with all those fun colors.

CherylQuilts said...

Wow, Karen, what a gorgeous silhouette of the giraffes, and I love the background. Just amazing and so beautifully vibrant! Warm hugs, my friend!! xoxo

sandie said...

I love this Karen, such a unique design, an air of mystery combined with a graphic look-so very, very creative. The whole card is bold in both design and look-fabulous and thanks for sharing with us at Time Out

nancy littrell said...

Oh my, Karen...your gorgeous card is creative and colorful. I love your colorful alphabet background and silhouette tree and giraffes stamped image. TFS my friend. Hugs

Anita in France said...

Bold, colourful and so clever, Karen ... such a fabulous background ... the silhouettes look all texture-y, as though I could just run my fingers over them! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Time Out! Hugs, Anita :)

cuilliesocks said...

WOW such fabulous bold colours Karen, love the background and the silhouettes, a brilliant design, Kate x x

Mac Mable said...

So creative and such a fun an unique idea. The background is fabulous and so is your card x

Reusing Cards & Quilling said...

The background is really awesome , the loved the look of entire card :)

Bonnie said...

What an awesome background, Karen! Such beautiful colors! Love the silhouette image too!

Bobby said...

I love seeing you branch out, Karen. That background is stellar and the silhouette is wonderful. The embossing gives it some texture.

Maxine D said...

What a stunning card Karen - love the background and the wonderful stamp looks amazing against it.

Macarena said...

The blocks background is so cool, love the soft colors of the background and the stamping too. The night scene looks lovely here. Thank you for joining us over Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

maria f. said...

Bold. Colorful. Artistic. Graphic. Love it.

Susanne Vargas said...

What an absolutely spectacular and creative background you've created for the tree and giraffes! Have to pin this!

Daffodil Cards said...

WOW! what an unusual background, but it suits the scene so beautifully, a true artist does things like this. (You) Love it.