Tuesday, December 18, 2012

MFT December Creative Challenge–Background Building

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Hi, everyone! Today I have MFT’s December Creative Challenge to show you!

The MFT Design Team Creative Challenge is a monthly feature, where we are challenged to explore our creative side using a specific theme, product, or technique. This month, we were challenged to do some background building using our MFT Stamps and Die-namics.  Be sure to check out the MFT Blog for a list of all participating designers who have a project to share with you today.

I did two cards for this challenge to show a couple of different approaches to background building. This first card was done using an image from Finishing Flourishes. I stamped the flourish on Kraft card stock with Versamark ink and embossed with white fine detail embossing powder. I did each flourish separately to make sure none dried out before I could emboss them.


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Once I had my background done, I matted it with Black Licorice card stock, then wrapped a Black Licorice Grosgrain ribbon around and added the sentiment.

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The sentiment is from More Essential Sentiments and was stamped on a Die-namics First Place Award Ribbon die cut and tucked up under…

…this gorgeous
Die-namics Plentiful Petals flower that was made from Grapesicle card stock.

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The center of the flower was made with a Black Licorice button and some hemp cord.

Here’s the inside, with another sentiment from
More Essential Sentiments. I added a little cluster of Copic marker colored jewels as an accent.

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My second card is quite different. I used the
Distressed Diamonds stamp set to create it, stamping first Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then going back and filling in with Wild Cherry ink.

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To make the argyle pattern, I used the dotted line stamp from Die-namics Tag You’re It and Stamp Set. I inked up only one line and carefully stamped on top of the colored diamonds--going in both directions—until they were all done. Just think of the color combos you can come up with with this! I can’t wait to try more! Here’s a close up.

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To finish the card, I added some corrugated paper to the bottom and stamped the sentiment, from Lovey Dovey Sentiments (this month’s Triple Scoop set), on a Die-namics Designer Labels 3 STAX cut from Kraft card stock with Wild Cherry ink. Then I popped it up on a Die-namics Jumbo Fishtail Banner STAX cut from Steel Gray card stock and in turn, popped up on foam. To finish it off, I tied around some twill in a bow.

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Here’s the inside with another sentiment from the set:

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Here are the Die-namics dies I used on these cards:

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And that wraps it up for today! Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you’ve been inspired to stamp your own backgrounds with MFT stamps!


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~Supplies~

Just a Note Card:
Stamps:
Finishing Flourishes, More Essential Sentiments (MFT)
Paper:
Kraft card stock, Black Licorice card stock, Whip Cream card stock, Grapesicle card stock, Jellybean Green card stock (MFT)
Ink: Versamark; Memento Tuxedo Black 
Accessories/tools: Vagabond;
Die-namics Plentiful Petals, Die-namics Royal Leaves, Die-namics First Place Award Ribbon, Black Licorice button, Black Licorice Grosgrain ribbon, hemp cord (MFT); white fine detail embossing powder, heat tool 

Rock My World Card:

Stamps: Distressed Diamonds, Die-namics Tag You’re It and Stamp Set, Lovey Dovey Sentiments (MFT)
Paper:
Kraft card stock, Steel Gray card stock, Whip Cream card stock (MFT); corrugated paper
Ink:
Wild Cherry Ink (MFT); Memento Tuxedo Black; cream pigment ink
Accessories/tools: Vagabond;
Die-namics Jumbo Fishtail Banner STAX, Die-namics Designer Labels 3 STAX (MFT); twill, foam dots


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11 comments:

  1. What great ideas for BG stamping, love them!

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  2. Both of the card's are stunning the layouts are fabulous. Caroline xxx

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  3. Beautiful cards Barbara! Love the embossed flourishes! Happy Holidays!

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  4. Barbara - both of those cards are beautiful! I am in love with that argyle!!

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  5. OMG! that second card is amazing. LOVE how you added the dotted accent to make the argyle....soooo creative! the first card is pretty with all those flourishes.

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  6. I love this creative challenge! This is embarrassing to admit, but I do not remember that Flourish set at all! The card is gorgeous! I do remember the argyle, just not using it in such a sweater-y way, so thanks for the inspiration! I love stretching my stamps!

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  7. both cards are wonderful but I really love the first one with that beautiful background and flower!

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  8. These are both so gorgeous! I love the flourishes and that diamond background is so cool!

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  9. Wow, you definitely rocked the backgrounds on both of your cards. Just gorgeous. TFS

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  10. Love these! The harlequin background looks like it's 3D!!

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  11. OMGosh, THESE ARE FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!! You rocked these designs to the core, girlfriend!

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