Monday, June 23, 2014

Background Stamp -Take 1!

floral tapestry picture 
In the last few months, there seems to be a lot more clear stamps and die cuts coming on the market. This is my personal observation, I could be wrong... It seems these newer stamps predominantly focus more on fonts (cursive, handwriting, mixed styles), shapes (hearts, circles, stars, triangles) and everyday objects (I phone, camera, envelops). We all love varieties, no doubt. But I must say that I miss playing with the old-fashion floral background and collage stamps. Lucky for me to get a hold of a few floral stamps from Penny Black.

 Today's cards were created with this cling/slapstick called Floral Tapestry

I inked up the Distress Inks (Mustard Seed, Pickled Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade and Festive Berries) onto the stamp. Then I spritzed 4-5 sprays of water (about 10 cm away). I then placed my watercolor paper over and let the water/ink soak though. Lift carefully...and voila!
you're amazing
One of my harshest critics is my daughter Stephanie. She often cautions me not to make the "old lady style" cards. What are old lady style cards, you'd ask? To her, the old lady style cards are always heavy on colors, the design is rigid and often has way too many layers!
Sounds harsh, huh? But I think she has a point!
hearfelt thanks
So when I worked on this Floral Tapestry stamp, I kept that in mind and tried my best to design with a chic and modern vibe! I am not sure if I succeeded on this, but it sure made me think of better designs in general.
close-up
And guess what? Stephanie actually loved these cards! She said the colors are vibrant and the elements are minimal.... I guess it doesn't hurt to listen to the critics once in a while :)

I hope that you are inspired to play with your floral background stamps more. They have so much to offer. When I come up with another version with this stamp, I will share.
Thanks for stopping by!

36 comments:

Barb said...

Stephanie has a good eye! I love these cards too, Virginia - such gorgeous colors and a fun technique! :)

Dawn Turley said...

gorgeous. I think you are so right about the background stamps like this being a bit neglected. I have a couple of HA ones, you have really inspired me to pull out and play with.

Charlene said...

I think these are fabulous! I really love the second one with the die cut bottom, adds interest! Be still my heart lol Tell Stephanie that's and old saying lol!

Niki G said...

Haha, I like Stephanie's thinking! Great set of cards. Love your fresh take on a classic background.

Gunilla/Nilla said...

I love these cards! The colors makes me happy and I agree with Stephanie...less i more BUT sometime that is hard.

Have a lovely day/Gunilla

Lynn said...

Love hearing Stephanie's perspective! The color spectrum on this cards is stunning. I love the bold colors.

Lucy Abrams said...

Gorgeous fads Virginia. The colours are fantastic. Love that your family like to get involved in your card making. :) my husband often gives his opinions too... But I don't think he has Stephanie's creative eye :)

Lucy Abrams said...

P.s. Fads is supposed to read cards... Sorry!

Shelly said...

These are amazing and ever so GORGEOUS!!! I'm feeling the urge to play with some background stamps! ;)

Gilda said...

Lovely card and colours, Virginia! Must say I'm partial to floral stamps too.

Lin said...

Love these, Virginia! That looks like a stamp I'd love to have in my collection....love what you did with it!

Alanna said...

What a gorgeous image and you've used it beautifully.

Sheila H said...

Beautiful card, Virginia. I had to laugh at Stephanie's term "old lady cards." How nice that she pays attention to your creative endeavors. I bought a flower background stamp a while back - I only have the one. I just couldn't make it work. You've inspired me to try again.

Kristie Goulet said...

Beautiful, beautiful cards, Virginia! I love the colors and designs.

LauraJane:) said...

I call what Stephanie deems "old lady", to be "cards that YAWN". So many of mine do just that,..just sit there pretty, but boring.
Good for you in adding just the right pizzazz to you BG cards today. It takes boldness to cover a perfectly lovely base and add elements that WAKE up the inner beauty creating an outstanding piece of art:)
So glad to see this is only part 1:))YAY! More to follow!

Loly Borda-Towery said...

Love those colors on your beautiful cards! It's fun to hear Stephanie's point of view, she really has an eye for cards! TFS

Diane Jaquay said...

I love these, Virginia, particularly the one with the white background, it's SMASHING!!!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Beautiful bold colors! Love it

Tracey McNeely said...

Virginia these are anything but 'old lady cards', Stephanie gave you some good advice, but i always love all your cards! These cards are so gorgeous and I am keen too try out this technique!

conil said...

Oh goody, I actually own this stamp although it hasn't seen ink yet. But, once again, you've inspired me to put it to work. Great color and, yes, both cards have a sleek, modern design. Lovely.

Annette Allen said...

lovely cards.. so full of spring.. i love it

rcwidow (Linda) said...

These are both gorgeous! Love the bright colors!

donna mikasa said...

Oh, you WERE working on something pretty! LOVE these, Virginia! So bright and trendy and just plain gorgeous! Not "old lady" at all! ;)

Miriam Prantner said...

I love them both. Gorgeous colors and a really beautiful background stamp! I don't think either of them is old lady at all!

Laura B. said...

such incredible color...LOVE!

Carol McCready said...

Love the way your cards turned out. Of course now I'm wondering if I make old lady cards.

Linda Wilkinson said...

This card is so beautiful love what you did to it!

Colleen Dietrich said...

These are gorgeous, Virginia! The juicy colors really catch the eye.

Your daughter has a point, and I guess I'm probably sometimes in the old lady category of card making! LOL You succeeded in making these fresh and modern though.

Swh2013 said...

You need to continue listening to your daughter! I love these gorgeous cards and going to look through my stamps for just the right background to try! Thanks for the inspiration!

Katie Ann Brooks said...

ha- I posted "amazing" as my comment on the take II version of this. Now I see this and it only confirms that sentiment. You -> Amazing!

Cindy C. said...

These two versions are really bright and beautiful!

Cris G said...

Looks like a new passion to me :). Fantastic cards, Virginia. The first one is esse-te-eu-ene-ene-ai-ene-ge!

Sarah Gray said...

Great definition of 'old lady cards' - I will try to avoid it :). Love the vibrant colours and cool embellishments that you have used with this gorgeous background stamp!

Barb Ghig said...

I really LOVE how you played with this stamp, Virginia...your cards are absolutely GORGEOUS! And, Stephanie is right...the colors are so vibrant and I love the 'airy' feel of your designs! You never cease to amaze me...I just love them both!

Nonni said...

These are beautiful! Misting of the stamp adds a great touch.

Jacqueline said...

LOVE how you use the Penny Black stamps - I mioght have to get this one!