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Monday, June 13, 2011

From Our Heart to Yours

This week, we are bringing you another From Our Heart to Yours challenge - this time, sharing various ways to create backgrounds using ink. From there, we took our creative background papers and turned them into cards for Dad! So this week's challenge is to create your own background paper (using stamping/ink) and then making a card for Father's Day.

Before we get to the sample artwork, I have a little random stamping tutorial to share with you. If you have never done random stamping, or struggle with it, this might be helpful.

If you follow a triangle stamping  pattern, you will actually have a more balanced look to your random stamping. This is easiest to learn with three different stamps and three different ink colors. Try this patterned stamping on scrap paper first. Assign one stamp to one color of ink. Do the same with a second stamp/inkpad and a third stamp/inkpad. Begin by inking up the first stamp and stamping your image in the center of your cardstock piece.

Grab your second image and second color - ink up your stamp and stamp close to the first image.

Ink up your third stamp and stamp the image so you create a triangle between all three images.
(My apologies - these are old photos and not in very good focus.)

Now choose two of the three images you already have stamped. If you look at the sample above, I am going to choose the pink and the purple flower. If we want to repeat a three image triangle, the "missing" color is yellow. So we ink up the yellow and stamp so this image becomes part of a triangle with the pink and purple (see below).
Continue to repeat making "triangles" across your cardstock.

The images can be closer or father apart as you work just keep the pattern consistant and in a triangle format and you won't go wrong!

For more on random stamping, be sure to check out the post from CTMH CEO Jeanette Lynton HERE.

Now on to our fabulous samples from the always creative Design Team:

Yep, these gals know how to create a background! Now it's your turn. Create a background with stamping/ink and then transform it into a card for dear old Dad. Then post to your blog, or other public online gallery and come back to leave us a link. We are looking forward to checking out your creations and remember, we have 2 fabulous prizes up for grabs this month from our sponsors, Romaine and Michelle.


Romaine said...

Oh. Wow. You ladies totally ROCKED this! Fantastic!

Mary Gunn FUNN said...

Great samples, ladies!
I love these challenges as a jump off place for some FUNN. Thanks for the tutorial, too.

Amy said...

I love background stamping. What a great variety from the design team! Thanks for the challenge!

Jane said...

Beautiful background stamping, DT--each one is so unique! I hope to participate this time around...working on it! Blessings!

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for another great challenge!

Patty said...

Love all these samples! Great work. I will be having to create and post before the week's end! Thank you everyone!

The Paper Princess. . . Michelle Auten said...

I love seeing all the different interpretations of "background stamping"! Great job, everyone!

Queen Bee said...

Great artwork by all. Mine is posted just in time for Father's Day!

Nickie Hoffer said...

This is my first time participating. Hope you all like it. Thanks

Tammy Hornby said...

Wonderful examples and just what I needed to get that last Father's Day card made.

Jen Rubio said...

Beautiful Beautiful background stamping stamping everyone - I now feel so inspired by you design team!! I'm linking a post that includes a whole lot of Father's Day artwork, and you will notice that the 4th card down does include some "background stamping" with a bunch of "happy" sentiments that I stamped in a row. Enjoy! (now I'm off to go admire more of your beautiful artwork!)

Miriam Prantner said...

My first H2H submission...hope you enjoy.

Sandi said...

Beautiful designs everyone!

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Sheila H said...

I finally got this posted - I had been on vacation, but really wanted to participate. Its great to see all the wonderful cards.