Saturday, June 8, 2013

Inspired by Nina

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I follow a blog called Crafting in Croatia by Nina Brackett, and recently she has been experimenting with her backgrounds, and I was inspired to try too.

I used several stamps in my background, which was clear embossed on white card, then sponged with distress inks.

Here is a close up, with two of the different stamps showing.

I made a banner for the sentiment and placed foam tape under it for dimension - I had to place the sentiment here as there was a star on the top of the tree which I had forgotten about, having inked and embossed it before I remembered.

The scene stamp was coloured with Prisma coloured pencils, and a silver pen was used to accent the ripples and clouds.

I was pleased with the results - as was the recipient, who usually does not comment on the cards I make for him.

There was a comment on a blog recently about making your stamps 'go further' by using different sets and brands - on this card there are four different brands of stamps used, from five different sets :-).

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  1. fabulous Maxine. Great background and a wonderful focal scene

  2. Maxine, I love your coloring with those prismas!!! Fantastic card and a great background.

  3. What a great idea to mix and match stamps and stamp companies for the background- and I love the different colors you used too. Your scene is fab- love the coloring!!!

  4. The original is even more vivid and beautiful! Love the lake scene. Amy

  5. This is awesome sweetie. Thank you for sharing your lovely creation with us at Paper Crafting Journey.

    Cathy DT

  6. Hi Maxine - this looks fabulous - I love this technique and love the way Nina has inspired you - gorgeous results!! I am going to have to try it myself! Well done! {{{hugs}}}

  7. Love your card Maxine! Beautiful scene!!!

  8. Such a cool background...thanks for joining us at Kitty Bee designs!

  9. Love the background. Thank you for playing with us at Dutch Dare Card Challenges.

  10. Fantastic card! Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity this week hugs x

  11. What a beautiful scene you created! Thanks so much for joining us at Kitty Bee Designs' Aloha Friday Challenges!!

    lovies, =o) kel
    Kitty Bee Designs DT Coordinator

  12. Oh, this is beautiful, Maxine. Isn't it fun to just let go on the stamping for the background? Thanks so much for letting me know and linking to my blog!

  13. Love the technique, and what a great background!
    Hugs and blessings,


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