How To: Keeping the focus on your hand made background
Have you ever spent a long time on making your own patterned paper, hand stamped background, or just purchase some speciality card stock you’re keen to show case? I’m sharing my tips and tricks below, using some of my favourite Hero Arts products.
Simple Stacked Sentiment
My first idea for keeping the focus on your background is simply to add a stacked sentiment to the background.
For my card below I created a gel press background that I wanted to keep the focus on, so I added a black card stock mat and cut the Thinking of You die from Hero Arts three times from white card stock and once from black glitter cardstock and adhered to the centre of my panel. I finished with some iridescent jewels from Lucy’s Cards.
Small sentiment on vellum
My second idea for show casing a background is to add a small vellum shape and sentiment to the vellum panel. For the example below I spent a while colouring the Hero Arts peek a boo Bookcase stamp, so I die cut a vellum circle, heat embossed a sentiment directly on to the vellum and added a stacked black Hello die cut to the vellum circle. I adhered the whole panel to a black card stock base and added Bubbles from Lucy’s Cards.
This is one of my all time favourite techniques for show casing a beautiful hand made background!
I had a load scraps left over from some recent cards, all in the same colour family that I wanted to use up. I die cut the World fancy window die from Hero Arts and stamped a sentiment from the Beautiful World stamp set in black Versafine and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I cut a piece of printer paper a little smaller than my panel, and then adhered my scraps horizontally until it covered the printer paper. I tried to vary the width, colour and texture of scraps for interest.
Simple focal die cut
On the example below I’ve created a fairly busy, textured background. I wanted to keep the rest of the card fairly clean and simple, so I die cut the paper layering feather die from white card stock four times, and adhered to the centre of my panel. I finished with a sentiment strip in matching colour card stock to the background, and white heat embossed the sentiment.
I hope you’ve been inspired, and I appreciate your time in reading my post.
Hero Arts peel a boo Bookcase
Hero Arts World window fancy die
Hero Arts Beautiful world stamp
Hero Arts starry night stamp
Hero Arts paper layering feather die
Hero Arts house stamp and cut
Hero Arts Thinking of you stamp and cut
Hero Arts Hello stamp and Cut
Hero Arts Unicorn pigment ink
Hero Arts stacking circle dies
Raindrops, Bubbles and Jewels from Lucy’s Cards
White and coloured cardstock
Embossing Powder, white, black and clear
Sizzix Big Shot
Tim Holtz trimmer