Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Favorite Background Techniques

Nellie van Leeuwen is our hostess this week at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog. Her challenge is "Your Favorite Background Technique".

This is what she had to say about her challenge.
"What's your favourite technique to make backgrounds? I love making backgrounds with on a craftsheet. Quick and easy and yet a different result all the time.."
 If you'd like the chance to win your choice of $30 worth of Stampotique stamps, you should play along with this challenge. Visit Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and be sure to read the rules so that you'll have the chance to win that great prize!!!  

Here's my card with Stampotique's 3 Dwarfy Gnomes and 4 Dwarfy Gnomes (Kira Nichols).

Nellie's challenge made me think a bit, which is always a relatively scary thing. I realized that I have several favorite ways to create a background for my projects. I then realized that all of them have three elements in common, namely paint, stencils, and ink. So I went ahead and did just that.

I must confess that my project took a left turn somewhere (Albuquerque) and came out completely different than I originally had planned. But sometimes the journey is half the fun!

3 Dwarfy Gnomes and 4 Dwarfy Gnomes were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, colored with Copic markers, and fussy-cut. When I was done cutting, I coated all their shoes, their eyes, buttons, and belt buckles with several layers of Clear Gelly Glaze pen. Pink chalk pencil was used to add blush to their cheeks. 3 Dwarfy Gnomes and 4 Dwarfy Gnomes were set aside while I created a forest background for them.

Music patterned paper was adhered to 180 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) using Media Matte Medium (DecoArt) and left to dry. Translucent White Media Fluid Acrylic paint (DecoArt) was mixed with a drop of Pthalo Blue MFA paint and painted over the music-covered cardstock to create a blue sky.

Potting Soil Archival ink (Ranger) was sponged through the Branches Reversed stencil (The Crafter's Workshop). Leaf Green and Emerald Green Archival ink (Ranger) was sponged over the Tiny Circles stencil (The Crafter's Workshop) to add a green leafy look to the tree branches. Sepia and Black Pitt Artist's pens (Faber-Castell) were used to add fill in, add dimension, and shading to the tree branches.

The painted, inked, stenciled cardstock took a ride through my Big Kick inside one of the dies from the 5x7 Card Creator die set (Spellbinders). Jet Black Archival ink (Ranger) was used to edge the die-cut panel.

The sentiment was created with my Dymo labeler and adhered to the base of the card front.  3 Dwarfy Gnomes and 4 Dwarfy Gnomes were adhered to card front and added to a 5x7 card. Black Photo Corners (3L Adhesive) were added to all four corners to finish the card. I now realize that you can't see the music paper very well at all due to the positioning of the 7 Dwarfy Gnomes. If you squint, perhaps you can!

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Loves Rubberstamps Challenges: Create Your Own Background

Papertake Weekly Challenges: A Cut Above
Through The Purple Haze Challenges: Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges: Work It Wednesday


  1. Love this Kathi! It all works perfectly xx

  2. I love your background, the tree branches really bring it all together. Isn't it funny how sometimes you start out with one thing in mind and it turns into something else? I love what you've created.

  3. Hi Kathi, it is a while I didn't visit you.. We are both so busy and taken everywhere, the most important being that we still admire the style of each other as you agree I'm sure. Still true for me, forever.
    Though tonight I'm very very busy as usual, showing this card quickly first, I couldn't resist any longer haha!!!
    I LOVE it!!! Such a fabulous card with all the drarwfs together, the background is so perfect, for me it's a big WOW!!! And HAHAHA!!! Just pinned in my "Pinterest gallery of Stampotique makes by other artists". Hugs&Love, Coco

  4. Your gnomes look fab on the background !
    Corrie x

  5. What a great bunch of new friends! Great bg anf love yor friens.

  6. Superb stencil use!.
    What a wonderful use of our product!.
    We are proud to be part of your creations!.

    Kind regards and happy easter,

    Dymo Customer Service

  7. Kathi, your Stampotique creations always make me smile, these cheeky chappies are no exception! xx

  8. Love this Kathi, beautiful background, I've let out my inner gnome today too lol xx

  9. Shoot, I had some smart-alecky comment about not taking another left turn at Albuquerque and coming to see me. And then I clicked on your photo and my comment disappeared. Sigh...
    Love this, Kathi! So you! The gnomes are adorable! Love them! And the background you created for them is so cool! Really fabulous! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  10. Such fun card with these little guys! Love the background, but these guys make me smile...

  11. Fab!!! Love your background and how you combined stamps!

  12. This is gorgeous and it made me smile. Thank you so much for entering the TTPH challenge this fortnight, lots of luck.

    Hugs to you Sue Pxxx DT

  13. What a fantastic idea...i love it...super for kids.

    Fiona DT

  14. This is a fantastic creation! Thanks for playing at PTW! xxx

  15. This is such a fabulous design! Love your background! Thanks so much for joining us at Loves Rubber Stamps this week!
    Tons of Hugs, Dangina

  16. Fabulous background you have created! Thanks for joining us at Loves Rubberstamps!

  17. OMGosh this is so cute, love your knomes and the fabulous background. Thanks you for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!