Thursday, October 13, 2016

DIY Background with Stamps and Dies

Hello friends!
Today's card is 100% spray-inked, stamped and die cut.
I really love the inking result.....to me, this is the reason why it is so great to try new things.
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I adore this lovely die from Penny Black. 
The bird and holly are detailed and are in perfect proportion for card-making. 

I started off by creating a colorful background by misting spray inks onto the Bristol paper. The next day, I white-embossed the images from Birds and Blooms. 

Merry and Bright

I then took out the same piece of color paper and made a die cut with the birdie. I purposely used the white die for the underlay. That way, the image will really pop against the festive and colorful background. 
close-up

Noticed those teal and white droplets? They are the DIY Nuvo dots that I made previously.  You can add the droples directly to your project as I had done so many times in the past. However, the ones that you made on a piece of acetate will stay rounded and domed. The hardest part is letting it dry over 24 hours. I tried to retrieve a few after 6 hours and they were still too soft and were ruined. I must say the DIY Enamel Dots can be achieved easily with the Nuvo Crystal Drops. I foresee a new Nuvo addiction coming....

Merry and Bright (2)

I think I got really lucky with the colorful background. With the right stamps and dies, this card was quite effortless to make.
While you check out Bird Amidst The Holly over Simon Says Stamp,
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Thanks for stopping by!

12 comments:

Dawn Turley said...

fabulous Virginia. Your card is stunning.

Sheila H said...

Love the bacjground -it's gorgeous. The bird and leaves really pop. And your Nuvo drops are perfect :)

Teresa Doyle said...

This is totally gorgeous Virginia! Your background colours are perfect and the bird does 'pop' from the card. Just beautiful!

alexandra s.m. said...

What a gorgeous background! Your card is beautiful my Friend!
It is again, a very creative way to use these dies!
xx

Bonnie said...

Beautiful colors, Virginia! Love that die and how you've used it!

Karen L K said...

Wow beautiful card! I just love all parts of it.

Barb Ghig said...

Gorgeous background, Virginia...so striking! I love how you inked the bird, and how the white holly draws the eye to him...so sweet!

Thanks so much for the sidebar link to SSS...I'm off to go shopping, and that makes it so much easier :)

Harriet said...

Your card is so lovely. The bird is wonderful. I think the colors you chose are excellent and the white die cut simply perfect. A an excellent hint about using Nuvo crystal to make your own dots.....brilliant.

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Beautiful background, Virginia, and I love the holly with bird!!

Lisa said...

Your background is amazing, this is marvelous Virginia!!

Karen B. said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Daria said...


Thank you for sharing this beautiful card.