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Monday, 8 April 2013

It's all about the Background

Good morning crafty friends and followers,

I hope you all had a great weekend and are ready to begin another week. I had a manic cleaning day yesterday (oops, sorry to swear!) I blame it on this warmer weather - spring cleaning and all that. Anyway, that's enough about that! Lol.

It's time for a new challenge over at Make My Monday and this week our Fliss has chosen the theme 'Make your own Background'. Well, the possibilities are endless and it took me a while to decide which method to use for my card. As I use my distress inks and Promarkers all the time, I wanted to do something a little different - so here's what I used to make my background ...

A roll of metal tape, a Cuttlebug embossing folder 
and some alcohol inks.

And here's what I made ...

Here's how I made the background in three easy steps:

Step One 
Start with a piece of plain white card measuring 13.5cm x 10.5cm 
and cover it with lengths of metal tape, 
wrapping it around the edges onto the back to secure.

Step Two
Pop the piece of faux metal into the embossing folder 
and pass through your chosen machine.

Step Three
Apply your chosen alcohol inks all over the embossed piece 
until blended together.

I have matted my background onto a piece of black card before adding it to my 6x6" card. The flowers are stamped onto a book page, cut out and then coloured with 'Twinkling H2Os', which leave a lovely shimmer. The sentiment is from 'Creative Expressions' and is stamped with Versamark ink and embossed in black. Some die-cut leaves and a couple of little punched flowers finish off the card.

I am really looking forward to visiting your blogs this week to look at all your handmade backgrounds.
Hugz, Jan xx


  1. Oh i love this the colours are fabulous.

    Joan x

  2. Fabulous work, great texture and colours.

    Clair x

  3. Super background you have made here, lovely colours, great card,

  4. Whoa Jan ... fabulous background! love the wonderful colours
    Suzi B xx

  5. Beautiful card,I love colours!
    Thank you visiting my blog:)
    Hugs Kaija<3

  6. Oooh!! Arrgh! I have got to try this faux metal idea, fantastic. I just happen to have a roll of that tape. Great for an upcoming class. Thanks
    Jan, can you guess how much I love your card? Awesome. Caz

  7. WOW Jan, your card is gorgeous!! I love that background!
    Hugs, Tammy

  8. Lovely card, Jan. I like making flowers like this too.
    Rosie x

  9. LOVE that blue and green and I adore the fabulous texture!!! Just a gorgeous creation! HUGS to you! :)

  10. Gorgeous background and colors. Perfect flowers you made for the background.

  11. Simply love this card Jan. The background is amazing and a great idea using the metal tape. Must get my alcohol inks back out!!! Di xx


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