Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Custom Background Paper

You are going to be so sick of "Distressed Stripes" before long!  I just can't quit using them!  I find inspiration everywhere for this set of stamps!

I had SOOOO much fun making this paper and these cards.  I want to show you the paper first. 


That paper started out as a piece of PTI Rustic White!  I used quite a few colors and stamps to turn it into this!  I started with the "Distressed Stripes" stamp set and used PTI Sweet Blush, Raspberry Fizz, Hawaiian Shores, Summer Sunrise & Spring Rain inks.  Then, I also added Jumbo Java & Pixie Dust VersaMagic and Palette colors Bordeaux, Chartreuse & Orangerie.  After I stamped that, I stamped a leaf image from "Turning a New Leaf" with Hawaiian Shores around the edges.  Then, I used a swirl from "Fancy Flourishes" in Vintage Cream ink and stamped on top of all that, also staying around the edges.  And, wa-la!!  I love the end result.

I made 3 cards using this one small piece of paper.  I'll share my favorite of them with you today (and yes, this is my 2nd post for today!).


I am so happy with how this turned out.  I love, love all the color in it!  The buttons on the side of the label are chocolate brown but I realize that it's hard to tell from this photo.


Here's a closeup of the stamping so you can see a little more of the detail.  I used a scalloped stamp from Hero Arts to kiss off some of the ink in a few of the largest solid stripes.  You can see this a little on the bottom bordeaux strip.


I also had to share the back with you!  I did something fun and stamped polka dots in Hawaiian Shores ink all across the back.  I thought it added a fun detail!  I also stamped my custom designed-by stamp on there too (but don't look TOO close because I smudged it a little). 


Thank you so much for stopping by!  Be sure to check back tomorrow and I'll share the 2nd of the cards I made using this paper.  I'd love to hear your comments!

Supplies:
Stamps:  PTI Distressed Stripes, Fancy Flourishes, Turning a New Leaf, Fillabel Frames 2, Vintage Labels, Polka Dot Basics
Ink:  PTI Sweet Blush, Raspberry Fizz, Hawaiian Shores, Summer Sunrise & Spring Rain. Jumbo Java & Pixie Dust VersaMagic and Palette Bordeaux, Chartreuse & Orangerie
Paper:  PTI Hawaiian Shores, PTI Rustic White
Other:  PTI Chocolate Brown Buttons, Tan Scrapper's Floss, Labels 4 Nestabilities, Ribbon, Pop Dots

18 comments:

Stacy said...

Oh I LOVE this Jen! Your pattered paper is awesome!! I really love your siggy stamp too :)

Chris said...

Cute! It's great homemade paper. :)

Anonymous said...

I love everything you have been doing with Distressed Stripes! Love how you added the leaves this time! Keep sharing please!

Andrea McCulley

Christina said...

This is so much fun! I will have to make those stripe stamps a priority. Keep the great ideas coming!

pattylt said...

Love all those colors! I appreciate you showing the background before and after finishing the card. It gives me a chance to appreciate it and get my own creative juices flowing. Such a great idea and you made it into a great card.

Mrs. Tamashiro said...

Luscious card. Seriously.

Barb said...

Seriously cute paper, Jen... and the card is wonderful! I love that leaf image.

Sue Plote said...

So cute, Jen. Looks like something Nichole would make!

Amy Kolling said...

I would never have paired those colors together but it works sooo well!!! I really like the leaves around the edges! You keep crankin' those cards out Jen!!!!

Kara said...

I love the layers of stamps. Creates such a unique pattern!
Kara

Natalie Winterstein said...

Very cute! Now I am adding Distressed Stripes to my wish list! :)

Diane Jaquay said...

You are really rockin the distressed stripes Jen! I adore these colors/patterns together, almost has a water color look to it. Fabulous!

Anonymous said...

I love your background paper! It feels very hawaiian and fun to me.

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, that is so creative! I love the paper you made, so pretty! how talented you are!

Teresa said...

WOW! I love the paper that you made and the card is awesome too!!

Robin said...

Wow - you could never tell this paper started out as a blank white page. What a transformation. Thanks so much for sharing.

Sandy said...

Great job on that paper!

Michelle said...

WOW Jen - how cool! Love the homemade paper...Diggin' all the cards your sharing. Keep them coming - oh and LOVE the look of your blog header :)

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