Balancing A Busy Background

Hey friends! I’m up on the Hero Arts blog with a card featuring this fun Stripy Stencil.

The design of this stencil is super cool but can be a bit overwhelming once all blended in.

I blended my background with Green Apple, Paradise and Orchid inks using my blending brush.

One way to reel in a background is by going back over the stenciled background with the same colors you used. This gives it more of a tone on tone look.

Another thing we can do is use neautral colored die cuts.

I am using the Birthday Cake Pop Up die cut from White cardstock. Since this creates a pop up feature, I just trimmed those pieces off to have a white birthday cake.

For the sentiment, I used the Congrats & Yay Stamp & Cut XL and die cut from Gold Glitter cardstock.

The smaller sentiment is from the Everyday Sentiment Strips. I stamped the sentiments in Unicorn Pigment Ink, heat embossed with White embossing powder and die cut out with the Sentiment Strips Fancy Die.

Before adding my sentiment and cake to the front of the card, I flicked on gold glimmer metallic ink and sprayed with White iridescent shimmer spray for lots of sparkle.

Adding the white die cut to the front of the card really helps tone down the background and also gives you somewhere to rest your eye.

Hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by!



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1 Comment

  1. Great topic. Good tips. Pretty result. Thx –
    Lori S in PA

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