Monday, August 8, 2016

Inspire Me Monday: Creating Fun Backgrounds

Howdy all!  Happy Monday!  Welcome to Inspire Me Monday!  I'm Allison Cope your hostess this week.

This week I was inspired by a re-occurring dream I've been having about a linear repeating pattern.  Yes... I dream about creating!  Do you??? So I decided to use my dream as inspiration to create some fun backgrounds on my cards today.

So here are my finished cards using our lined pattern and our gorgeous new stamp set, "Soothing Sympathy" stamp set...

So in the end, I didn't like how small the original stamped greeting was so I cut it off in a funky matter and created a shaker card using the remaining part of the circle.  I stamped my new greeting from the "Nice Things To Say" stamp collection inside the shaker aspect instead. I added all kinds of sequins and fun silver microbeads to match the colour scheme of the card inside.

As I had indicated in the video, I cut the larger panel I had created using Ranger Distress Inks down to a piece that I was happy with.  I didn't want to take away too much from the funky panel so I only added a simple gold embossed, yet large greeting form the "Big Scripts" stamp set to the front plus a few turquoise sequins.

For my final card, I kept it extremely simple.  I die cut some cute little hearts from the light purple cardstock background, added some violet sequins and added my focal panel with dimensional adhesive.  Voila!

I hope I've inspired you today go and create some fun background pieces.  Grab some fun, bright colours and a thin pen and have a ball!  Thanks for stopping by!

~ Allison Cope ~


Enjoy Your Big Day
stamps:  Power Poppy (Soothing Sympathy, Nice Things To Say)
cardstock:  Copic (XPress-It), Recollections (110# White), Vellum
inks:  Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic Markers (B01, T3, V000, YG11), Copic Multi-Liner 0.25
dies:  Spellbinders (Classic Circles, Scalloped Circles)
sequins: Pretty Pink Posh (Share Kindness Mix), Little Things from Lucy's Cards (Bright White), CraftMedley  
microbeads:  Recollections

stamps:  Power Poppy (Soothing Sympathy, Big Scripts)
cardstock:  Strathmore (Watercolor Paper), Recollections (110# White)
inks:  Versafine (Black Onyx), Versamark Ink, Ranger Distress (Lucky Clover, Peacock Feathers, Bundled Sage, Milled Lavender, Tattered Rose)

sequins: CraftMedley
other:  gold detail embossing powder 

Warm Hugs
stamps:  Power Poppy (Soothing Sympathy, Nice Things To Say)
cardstock:  Strathmore (Watercolor Paper), Recollections (110# White), Flourishes 
inks:  Versafine (Black Onyx), Brusho (Crimson, Violet), Copic Multi-Liner 0.25
dies:  Pretty Pink Posh (Scallop Frames), My Favorite Things (Vertical Hearts)
sequins: CraftMedley 


Nora N. said...

Oh wow!! These backgrounds are STUNNING!

Davi said...

Beautiful backgrounds!! thanks for the tutorial ;)

Bernadette said...

Great video and tuturial, Allison! I love the background lines, the colors you chose, and the design of the cards! The most fascinating aspect is that you left the peonies uncolored so that my eyes went to the background colors first. That's me. I don't know if that was your strategy while designing the cards.

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, wow! Ally, I finally got to watch the video and then see the cards you made with them! WOW! You are so amazing, and I loved how you did it. And, as I've said many times, I LOVE how you show us the "real story" and how you share your oopsies and make something fabulous with them. I love these backgrounds and think they are so neat. I will definitely have to try this. And I really loved that you showed lots of ways to use the Copic Blending Solution for the background. Loved it, my friend! Big hugs!