Sometimes the simplest techniques can be simply stunning!
Take the simple backgrounds on these Two Cool cards, created with the flourish image from the Creative Elements stamp set.
I used the Pewter Embossing Powder on Basic Grey card stock, then colored in the image with Rich Razzleberry, Pacific Point, and Always Artichoke markers. It gives it a rich, elegant pattern…just add a sentiment from You're A Gem, Rich Razzleberry Taffeta Ribbon, and you've got an awesome card!
I used one of the pretty frames from the Four Frames set…doesn't that stamp look great with the background? The greeting is punched with the Decorative Label Punch, then layered on more Decorative Label Punches (see how in this post).
Here's another version in Crumb Cake…
I don't think this one is as elegant, but it's a pretty look, nonetheless. Same colors of markers, just layered on Always Artichoke with a matching 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon.
It would be fun to play around with some different color combinations on this one!
Complete Supply List
- Stamps—Creative Elements, Four Frames, You're A Gem
- Ink—VersaMark, Rich Razzleberry, Always Artichoke, Pacific Point Markers
- Paper—Basic Grey (card #1), Rich Razzleberry (card #1), Crumb Cake (card #2), Always Artichoke (card #2) card stock
- Accessories—Rich Razzleberry (retired color) 3/8" Tafetta Ribbon (card #1), Always Artichoke (retired color) 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (card #2), Pewter Embossing Powder
- Tools—Decorative Label Punch, Heat Tool, SNAIL, Dimensionals
Order all the supplies you need to try this Too Cool background at my Online Store!
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Linda Cox, one of my Too Cool Demo Team members, also tried out this same technique on a couple of cards she brought to our meeting this month…
I love the gold embossing and green-on-green look of her colored-in flourish on the first card. She colored in the design without embossing on the second card. OOhhh, those flowers kinda look like poinsettias—perfect for Christmas!
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Too Cool Moment: Last Saturday, I participated in the annual Fort4Fitness 10K race in downtown Fort Wayne. This was my 2nd race event ever, and it was so much fun! I'm an endurance walker, but I did jog a little bit, and was surprised with my time of 1:22:36. I came in 990 out of 1517 people, which I thought was pretty good, since many of those people were running. It sure made me feel much better than coming in 54 out of 57 at my first racing event, The Parlor City Trot in Bluffton, IN. Almost every one of those people were running…and fast! Let's just say the Fort4Fitness is much more "walker-friendly." I'm sticking wtih that one!
Next year, I might have to try walking the half marathon! Who's with me?!