Sunday 28 April 2019

Merging Backgrounds with a Pictorial

Hello and Welcome
It is my turn to host the Technique Lovers Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers today.
I like to try and think of ways to use what we have and simple enough that everyone will be able to play along.

So here's what I came up with.  I'm calling it 'Merging Backgrounds'.
Just to help make it easier for those of us that are visual learners, I have included some pictures so you can see this simple, fun process.
I'm using some new stamps I just picked up from Magenta.

Step #1

I started with a piece of white cardstock and placed a rectangle mask from 
A Colorful Life Designs over that as I wanted to be left with a clean, white border.
(that step is not necessary but it is just my personal preference)
I used some Painter's Tape and masked down the middle and to the right hand side of
my card front.

Step #2

I got out the background stamp that I wanted to use on the left-hand side of my
card front that you see here.  I inked up the Large Floral Bkg stamp with some Bundled Sage  Distress Oxide ink and stamped.  

Step #3

Here's what it looked like after stamping.

Step #4

Next, I moved the tape to the left-hand side, covering up the flowers I just previously had 
stamped.  I got out my Urban Alphabet stamp and inked that up with some more Bundled Sage
DOX ink.

Step #5

Here's what it looked like after stamping the right-hand side.

Step #6

Remove the tape and Voila! you have merged your bkgs.
I replaced the acrylic mask and stamped the flowers down the middle using the same DOX ink.
I did heat emboss the flowers to help them pop.  It also helps to cover up any gap you may
have between the two different stamped background.  I sponged a bit more ink along
the edges to help define the stamped area.

To finish off my card, I die cut a frame and scored around the outer edges to give it more of a 'framed' feel.  I glued that directly onto a plain white card base.  
I cut my piece down, leaving the white border edge and then pop dotted it inside the frame.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
I hope you will try this out.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- ANYTHING GOES
A Vintage Journey- Neutral Zone
My Time to Craft- SPRING FLOWERS

Stamps- Urban Alphabet (Magenta); Thistle (Magenta); Large Floral Bkg (Magenta)
Inks- Bundled Sage DOX (TH)
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia); clear eb powder; rectangle die (Spellbinders);
Cuttlebug; pop dots; ScorPal


Christine Alexander said...

Karen, OMG it looks amazing. This is definitely one technique I'm going to try.

Glennis F said...

Love this idea Karen

Loll said...

Fantastic background! You make it seem so easy, but the hard part is coming up with this idea. Genius!! Thanks Karen! xx

Annie said...

That’s a fantastic background technique! It’s going on my list of background ideas. Thanks for sharing your wonderful talents with us!

lynda said...

This card just jumped out at me in Stamp Junkies this morning, Karen. Fabulous design, and lovely colors. Love it. I will be giving your technique a try...thanks for the tutorial.

Pat said...

A fabulous card Karen and thanks for showing us how you achieved it. I love the mix of greeens giving depth to the piece. x

cuilliesocks said...

Absolutely gorgeous Karen, what a wonderful technique and love the images and colours, Kate x

I Card Everyone said...

Karen you've magically merged these images! Saving to try one day!

Bonnie said...

You always come up with such remarkable ideas and techniques, Karen! Thanks for showing the way!

Susan said...

Thanks for the great idea of a new way to use my background stamps! Love all the texture you created with your stamps. I'll try to get a card done for your SCS challenge.

Bobby said...

What a great idea and wonderful results, Karen. Now to find two backgrounds stamps that will merge well.

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

WOW! this is amazing, I wish you lived nearer to show me lots of what you do and give me the confidence in stamping in general.
Faith x

Nora Noll said...

This is gorgeous!!! I need to try this!!

nancy littrell said...

Beautiful Magenta stamps for your Merging Backgrounds Technique, Karen. I love how you stamped over your backgrounds for your gorgeous card. All your stamping added so much interest and dimension to your wonderful card, my friend. TFS Hugs..Nancy

Linby said...

wow - I love this - so effective. Thanks for sharing how you did it too, I'm a visual learner ;)

Thanks for sharing with us at The Male Room.
Linby x

Mac Mable said...

I so enjoyed reading your post and how you did this unique and striking card. Love that you only used one colour of oxides and what a stunning effect. A stand out card Karen x

Ellie Knol said...

Gorgeous KAren.. going to give that a try.. other colors too!
Thanks for sharing.. and for enjoying my design :)

kiwimeskreations said...

What a wonderful technique Karen, and a great way to stretch our supplies. A lovely result - thank you so very much

Annick said...

wow ! Amazing result with this technique !

Redanne said...

Your 'merging background' technique is wonderful! I love the neutral tones you used, your card is gorgeous!

Thank you for joining in our Neutral Zone challenge at A Vintage Journey. Anne x

Annie said...

A stunning card and technique x great to have you hop on board with us at A Vintage Journey this month
Best Wishes
Annie x