Beyond Basic Backgrounds

The card I am going to show you below was fun to create.  I was inspired by watching the Altenew course video – Beyond Basic Backgrounds.  In this course, Lydia Evans shares with us some of her vast experience in creating backgrounds for her cards.  I was inspired by her handy dandy grid work and the outcome was so beautiful.  I  am sure we all have lots of patterned paper that we love so much we don’t want to use it.  Well, she demonstrates how to make our own and honestly, it was so pretty, I felt good using it.

To start my card, I take a standard A2 pieced of white cardstock.  You draw a line from one corner to the opposite corner.  You stamp your image right in the middle of the card (where your X has been created) making sure your image is exactly centered as well.  Next you place your ruler over your image (centered) and determine how much space you need on each side of your image and this is the distance you will make all your grid lines on your paper.  For my image, it was just over 1/2″.  So adding 1/4″ on each side, I used 1″ as the distance between each ruler line I drew.  Once I had my ruler lines all drawn, I have a grid pattern.  The rest is easy, just stamp your image on each of the intersections and well-a, you’ve got a beautiful pattern paper YOU created and can easily recreate.  For my card, I used one of the floral images from the Altenew Vintage Flowers stamp set along with the Altenew Shades of Purple inks.  After all my flowers were placed, I wanted to add another color, so I selected a stamp the looked like it would work for small leaves and stamped that next to many of the flowers using Altenew Forest Glades ink.

To make the sentiment, I used a piece of scrap green photo paper from my previous class – Magical Marker Techniques, where I learned how to put alcohol marker onto glossy paper.  I loved the green color on the paper and thought it would match nicely.  Remembering from another Altenew class – Let it Shine, I knew I wanted to add some metallic accent.  I stamped from the sentiment from Altenew Peony Spray stamp set in Altenew jet black in on the glossy paper.  I placed silver metallic strips across the top and bottom an let the ends extend over the sides of the card. I used foam to mount this onto my card and wrapped the metallic ends around the card base and secured on the backside with tape.  I then placed this completed panel on my folded card and we are done.  I love how the green sentiment strip accents the green in the flowers.  I also, love the sentiment: All the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds of today, fits with all the beautiful purple flowers of the background.

That wraps up today’s project.  I really enjoyed creating this grid pattern and can see myself using this again in the future.  I hope there is something you can take away from what I’ve shared with you.  Enjoy!

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