I discovered something the other day. I discovered that Challenges can be addictive. We just had the Watercooler Challenges on Sunday and then I found the Around the World Stampin' Up! Challenges and entered them on Monday. Today is Wednesday and I'm entering another Challenge. What can I say? It's exciting working within someone else's parameters.
This Challenge is for Stampin' Up! Only products, which is fine since that's all I use. The challenge---make your own background layer for your card by using stamps. That really intrigued me. I've stamped my own background for scrapbooking pages before. All this challenge entails is thinking ahead to what sort of Designer Paper I might wish to use for the card and then make the Designer Paper. Easy peasy, right?
What I did was to take a piece of Whisper White and then sponged over a ragged edge of paper towel using all my new In-Colors. Loved the effect. But that wasn't stamping my own background. What I decided was to use the open lined stamp from the Flower Shop stamp set and stamped it all over the sponged paper using Smoky Slate ink. Then I took my Gold Stampin' Dazzle marker and coloured all the centre petals with it. Finally I punched out a whole slew of Gold Foil dots using the Cupcake Builder punch. I glued those to the centres of the stamped flowers.
And then I used the gorgeous finished result to make the following card. The banner is cut from my "designer" paper as well as the butterflies.
Stamps: Flower Shop; Just Sayin'
Cardstock: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Blackberry Bliss,
Lost Lagoon, Tangelo Twist, Gold Foil
Inks: Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon,
Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist, Black Memento
Framelits: Banners collection
Punches: Large Oval, Scallop Oval, Bitty Butterfly
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals, Snail, Tombo Multi Liquid Glue,
Decorative Dots Embossing Folder
If you want to see what the Design Team did to meet this challenge, just come on over to the SUO Challenges Page.