Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Shopping Our Stash #153: Background Check!

Yep, the gals at SHOPPING OUR STASH want you to use your favorite background stamp, or use a stamp/stamps to make your own background! Sounds pretty simple. Here's what I did:

here is the inside:

After a failed attempt at my first card, I tried something else, and this time, success! I decided to get inky and make my own background. I cut my main panel from white card stock and got busy inking it up randomly with Distress Inks. Then, using an argyle stamp, I spritzed water on the stamp and set it on one side of the panel. Lifting it up carefully, I again spritzed it with water and set it down on the other side. Love the water color effect the DI's give when reacting with water! I inked up the 'You're the Best!' sentiment for the first time (Yay me, using a hoarded stamp!), and also dug deep in my stash for those photo corners and Thickers. The inside panel was done the same, but for no water, no argyle and a much lighter touch with the inks. Another stamped sentiment finishes the card.

So, I bet you have at least one background stamp that needs a little inky lovin'! Go get that bad boy out and have fun making a card or project! Don't forget to link your creation up at Shopping Our Stash! If you have some time, please go and visit the blogs of my teammies to see what deliciousness they came up with! Thanks for hanging out and I hope you have a fantastic day!

Stamps: Unity Stamps - argyle stamp from the August 2012 KOTM; MFT - More Essential Sentiments
Ink: Ranger DI - Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn, Vintage Photo; Memento - Tuxedo Black
CS: Recollections
Accessories: American Crafts - Thickers;  Canson - photo corners
Adhesives: SA by 3L - MyStik permanent


  1. ok, i seriously DIS-believe you made anything that wasn't FAB... but i can totally relate to just not lovin' a result and wanting to start over, so well done you! plus this is full-on AWESOME, too!!!

  2. Love the background and ... those are Thickers? I have a small *cough* collection of those that maybe I should use.

  3. Awesome job, great background. Love the finished product. I have never tried the technique you used. I must come out from under my rock and expand my horizon.

  4. Ohhhhhhh fancy schmancy background!! Love it!! The distress inks with water work soooooo well together!! I love the faded-ness of the argyle - so Dad-like!

  5. Nicely done -- arty and masculine at the same time! What a gorgeous background.

  6. OMGosh, that background really is SO cool! Great card, Chris!

  7. WOW on the background! I love that faint argyle pattern in the midst of all that fabulous color! This is just one great card for some lucky dad!!

  8. I can't even pick which background I love best! That argyle is so perfectly GUY card-ish (I feel like I have one somewhere...shooooot. Where?) and me too I love how the DIs react with water. So much potential for messy fun!

  9. OHHHHHHHHHHHHH, Chirs! your background inking is FAB! Those colors and design is PERFECT for a guy! FAB FAB FAB! LOVE that water misting with the argyle image! I might have to try that technique ASAP!

    THANKS so much for your sweet comments on my blog! You've made my day <3 HUGS <3


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