Need a Background Check?

Hello folks and welcome to another little inspirational party here on the ole Power Poppy blog! Just as we do almost every Tuesday, I'm throwing up some creative ideas to see just how they fall into your oh-so-artsy hands! 

Okay, if you've been glued to the news, background checks have kind of dominated the political landscape lately. What, you haven't noticed? PERFECT! Regardless, I decided to put a new AND FUN spin on this phrase and get you thinking out of your creative comfort zones! Take a look my friends! 

HOW TO PLAY: It's as simple as trying a background technique and making it sing on your card or creation! Just that simple folks! If backgrounds aren't really your schtick, try a stencil that needs a little love. Pick up some embossing paste. Or, grab a sponge and dare to get those fingers inky!

On to my creation! Recently, I took one of Amy Shulke's classes which gave more than a few pointers on coloring glass. I was so intrigued by her sample that I had to give the class a try. I watched the video replay and so, I was able to rewind, rewind and rewind again to try to get it right. Honestly, I did not have one ounce of faith that I would be able to do this -- NOT ONE OUNCE! But Amy is an amazing teacher and I have to say, I kind of feel my attempt wasn't too shabby. I have much room for growth, but hey, don't we all? 

I started by printing the Hyacinth Bulb in Glass in a light colored grey and then, I followed Amy's class! I will say that the background is created by masking the digital stamp. I printed the image on an Avery full sheet removable label. I cut around the image on the label and then masked my main image. From there, you sponge on different shades of distress ink. I used Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Peeled Paint inks, making sure to blend as I went along. From there, you just literally flick water on top to get this fun water splotched background effect!

Here's a close up of the background effect! The sentiment was stamped in Versafine Vintage Sepia ink and is from Power Poppy's Peony Muse stamp set.

After that, I just matted it all up, added some silver cording, a fun button and... ta da! Fini! I have to say without the removable labels, I would not have been able to do this technique -- it really snugs down on your image to prevent the ink from bleeding underneath. I do love the effect and will be doing this one again... SOON!

  • Use a background technique on your card or creation. Better yet, if you happened to use a tutorial for your project, why not link it up in your post so that we can all see!?!?
  • Use Power Poppy stamps if you have them, if not, you might win some if you're randomly chosen. Each month, we'll round up all those that play in any of the month’s Creative Confetti challenges, and draw a name from the entries to win a $25 GIFT CODE for the Power Poppy Shop!
  • To enter, link up your creation below, sharing the direct link to your card from your blog, Instagram, or card gallery.
  • Our link will be open all month for you to play along with us! Try one Creative Confetti Challenge or partake in them all for extra chances to win!

So, now it's your turn! Why not try a new technique? And then, when you're done, make sure to link up your creation below so that we can all see! Keep in mind, like I mentioned, one lucky stamper will win a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop!

Speaking of winners, since it's a new month, we have to draw a winner from our September master linky! Random.org threw all the entries into a virtual hat and drew...

That means the winner is....


Take a peek at her winning creation!

I absolutely love how Nancy colored up Power Poppy's digital freebie Kindness is the Way. Have you snagged YOUR copy of this digi yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Just look at the beautiful things you can do with this one! Nancy took us up on the Pumpkin Spice Challenge and colored her Gerbera Daisy in shades of autumn using colored pencils. Just lovely Nancy -- lovely! One more note, Nancy played along a few times in our Creative Confetti Challenges this month, which just goes to show, the more you play, the more chances you have at winning! Nancy, shoot us an email at bloom@powerpoppy.com and we'll go ahead and get your gift code sent right to you!

Thanks everyone for stopping by and checking out our first Creative Confetti Challenge of October! Be sure to get inspired, create and then share your take on this challenge for your chance to win!

Until next time!
a.k.a The Creative Confetti Thrower


Anonymous said...

Julie! This is gorgeous! WOWEE!

Robyn Oliver said...

WOW, fabulous card, love the background Julie

Katy McGloin said...

Beautiful card, Julie. You are so right about Amy's classes. She makes it fun to learn!!

KathyA. said...

Wow... that background is amazing... and the vase takes my breath away.

KathyA. said...

Oh, and congrats, Nancy. Your winning card is so bright and cheery. Love the embossed background and that background with the little flowers is a perfect fit. Kudos.

CherylQuilts said...

Julie, what a gorgeous card and a wonderful idea for this week's Creative Confetti Challenge! Congratulations, Nancy, for winning last week's challenge. Your card is gorgeous, and I really love the embossing and the DP you've used along with fabulous coloring! Hugs, all! xoxo

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

This is great! Thanks for the inspiration.