Congratulations on Your Special Day - How to Create Subtle Backgrounds

Lately, I've been finding that when I'm stamping large focal points, the rest of my card can quickly start to suffer from a lack of attention. Any of you been there too? 

What I mean by this, is that I'm so intently focused on coloring the pretty flowers, picking just the right sentiment, or thinking about topper details, that when I look around the card, the rest of it just seems so empty and neglected.

Now I will be the first to admit that I looove white space. It really allows beautiful focal points to shine. But sometimes all that white can be overwhelming and I can find myself at a loss of how to make the white space appear just a tad less white.

Come in subtle backgrounds :)
 I've been playing with adding in a soft detail (or two) to bring my cards to life, without losing that white space feeling. And I thought it would be fun to share here with you my go-to way of doing this.


I started this card by cutting out a scalloped card base with these beautiful Lawn Fawn Scalloped Rectangle Stackable dies (which just so happen to be on sale right now!).

I then used a masking technique, stamping and heat embossing some beautiful blooms and leaves, from PTI's Peonies on Parade stamp set.

I used Distress Ink to color the blooms and leaves, in colors of Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry, Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio, and Shabby Shutters.


This is where I realized that the rest of the card seemed rather empty, and decided to pull out some stencils and my ink blending tool, to see if I could add some interest to the background, without losing all the beautiful white space. 

I stumbled upon my dotted Tim Holtz Polka Dot stencil and decided that it would do the trick! 
I used Sweet Blush ink for the dots because it's such a soft, sweet color, and not too overpowering.


After finishing up with the stencil, I still felt that the background could use a touch of detail. So I pulled out the Thanks stamp set by Precious Remembrance, and stamped a fine stitched border around the scalloped card with Lovely Lady ink. I really, really adore this stamp set and after all these years, it's still one of my favorite go-to's. 

At the top, I added some hearts with the Confetti Garlands die, some inked and some plain white. 
I added a few more stamped and colored leaves, along with a stitched button. 


For the sentiment, I used Candied Apple and Shabby Shutters Distress ink.

I am such a fan of how this turned out! I really do need to rely on my stencils a bit more - I've included some of my current favorites at the bottom. They are so versatile and I love that color can be applied softly to give backgrounds just that little something-something. And I really should invest more into edging stamps, because, they too, are just perfect for this technique!

If any of you have recommendations on edge stamps you can't live without - let me know in the comments below! :)

As always, thanks for joining me today, Friends. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

Ivana

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2 lovely comments:

  1. This is feminine and just dreamy!! Beautifully done Ivana!

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  2. Even though this card does not have many layers as we are used to seeing on your gorgeous cards, it is still striking and beautiful!
    I am not into stamping and coloring but I sure do appreciate seeing gorgeous stamping and coloring work.
    Hugs
    Samra
    Paper Talk with Samra

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