Tuesday, March 17, 2015

SHOPPING OUR STASH #193 - I Made This....Make your own background!

Good morning and Happy St. Patrick's Day! Time for corned beef and cabbage, and green beer! It's also the start of a new challenge at SHOPPING OUR STASH!! This week, we challenge you to make your own background! But - not just stamping a background stamp. Nope. You could make a collage, use washi tape, paint, stamps, stencils, emboss resist, or even alter patterned paper with doodles. Use your imagination! Here's my card:

and the inside:

My background was made using a wave stencil and three colors of Distress Ink. I started with one color, randomly sponging it on. I took the stencil off and flipped it around, then sponged on the next color. Repeated for the last color. I printed out this sultry mermaid digi and colored her up with my Spectrum Noir markers. The sentiment came with the mermaid. She was fussy cut and sits at the bottom of the ocean on cork 'sand'. A few holographic dots as air bubbles, some Stickles on the fin veins and scales, and she's done! 

I hope that you get a chance to make your own background and link up at Shopping Our Stash! We can't wait to see what you came up with! Please be sure to check out the fantabulous creations that my teammies came up with to wow you with! Have a happy St. Paddy's Day!! Erin go bragh(less!) 

Stamps: Simply Betty Stamps - Spika the bad mermaid digi; Paper Smooches - Happy Birthday
Ink: Ranger DI - Salty Ocean, Broken China, Peacock Feathers
CS: Darice
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; Simon Says Stamp - waves stencil; Ranger - Crystal Stickles; Momenta - holographic dots
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D foam squares


  1. Yes, she IS bad to the gills! How fun, Chris! Your stenciled background is amazing! Really looks like ocean waves. Love the cork sand, too!

  2. HAHAHAHA! Braugh(less). Maybe not. Love the stenciling, and using cork for sand is a great idea!

  3. coooooooooooool stenciling, you've made the perfect home for the fab mermaid (& that hilarious sentiment!) love it! happy st. pat's rightbackatcha, as well! <3

  4. Perfect stenciling, I have issues with that technique yours is awesome. fab image awesome colouring and an all round great card!!

  5. Erin go bragh(less) ...I snorted coffee, lol!
    Your colouring, omg, do you ever kick butt at colouring. And that's the perfect background. And in general I just freaking love this card :)

  6. Beautifully stenciled background--darling card!

  7. That's a great background! Perfect for the gorgeous mermaid.

  8. Very nice background, Chris! Great execution!


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