Hello, crafty friends! Today I have a super cute card for you featuring some new Purple Onion Designs stamps and a neat technique for a soft background.
I love die-cutting openings (windows) into panels and place something either inside or in front of them. It helps to focus the attention on the part of the card I want to stand out. Since I have this white-space-phobia, I can’t just let it be white, but I also don’t want my background to be so busy that it distracts from my focal point. Today, I am using heat embossing and emboss resist to create my own soft background.
While the background was already pretty neat after I had added the Distress Ink, I think it became even better after I added a few spritzes of Perfect Pearl mist (I mix my own with water, Perfect Pearl, and a Mini Mister). Once dried, the background has a gorgeous sheen … very subtle, but just visible enough add a little extra to my project.
Since I kept the background pretty light, I could afford to add quite some color and contrast to my critters which would be placed in front of it. If you’d go for a much darker background, it might help to keep the coloring on the foreground images lighter, just so you have enough contrast for them to stand apart. Additionally, when you fussy cut images and leave a thin white border, it also helps with the contrast (against non-white backgrounds, obviously).
As for the sentiment: on a smaller card like this one you’d normally struggle to place it anywhere without squishing it somewhere and losing the balance of the design. By curving it along the oval window shape, it looks totally in place. I actually thought I wouldn’t be able to do that with rubber stamps, only clear stamps, so I was pleasantly surprised that this worked.
Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you got inspired! I’m sending this card off to Addicted To Stamps and More “Anything Goes”.
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