Svitlana is here. Today I came to share a card featuring succulents in the background.
I'm a big fan of background images in any form (background stamps, stencils) and I like making my own backgrounds as well. This time, I used the Succulents Stamp Set and a little bit of masking to make the background. Below, I'll share some tricks which I find helpful in building backgrounds.
First, I made a panel out of a Solar White Cardstock. Then I started stamping the background using the Sand Dunes Dye Ink and three succulent stamps from the set.
When you plan your own background first you need to decide how you want the elements to be positioned. For example, in my case, I wanted them to look like one row of succulent pots is located behind the previous one (moving from the bottom up).
In order to prevent elements from overlapping, I used masking technique. In other words – I cut out masks for each element and was covering stamped images with the corresponding masks before stamping an element next to them. When you work with masking technique you always need to start stamping from the element you want to be located in the very front, cover it with a mask and stamp the element located behind it.
As I mentioned I decided to make kind of rows of succulents, with each next row behind the previous one. So I stamped the first row, covered it with masks and stamped the next row. I covered the second row elements with their masks before stamping the third row and so on.
When you plan backgrounds like this it's better to not stamp the same elements right next to each other, that way it will look more interesting.
I mentioned that I used masks to prevent overlapping. And in some areas, I needed two masks of the same element to stamp another one in between. I only had one mask of each design (left from the previous time I worked with this set, I always try to save masks if they're in relatively good condition) and instead of cutting out more masks I decided to cheat. So first I covered one element with a mask, then inked only one part of a stamp, the one which would overlap the masked element, then stamped it. After that, I moved the mask onto another element that needed to be masked and this time I inked the other side of the stamp before stamping.
I was using a stamp positioning tool, which made it possible to stamp twice exactly in the same spot and saved me some time on cutting out additional masks.
After my background was ready I blended some Sand Dunes Dye Ink onto the panel edges, stamped the sentiment from the Faithful Feathers Stamp Set in Jet Black Dye Ink and foam mounted it onto a red card base.
I stamped one succulent, colored it with the Artist Markers and die-cut it using the matching dies.
Next, I popped up the succulent on a card and added several red liquid drops to accentuate it.
Have a great day!
Svitlana, this is gorgeous, and such a dramatic color combo… so wonderful!
Thank you, Michele!
Love, Love, Love the background you created! Just gorgeous!
Thank you, Amy!
Wow,wow, wow!! This is masterfully done! LOVE that masked background stamping with all the details of the succulents! You did an amazing job! Thanks for explaining it and the “cheating” method didn’t seem much like cheating to me! Just smart!!! Great coloring with the deep reds to contrast the Sand Dunes backdrop! Gorgeous!!
Thank you a lot, Beverly!
So beautiful! I love the pop of red!!
Thank you, Tara!
Svitlana, this is such a lovely card. Like the red image against the subtle succulent background. tfs
Thank you, Helen!
Hi Svitlana, How are you? Haven’t posted to you in awhile, been off line, this is so STUNNING, that background is gorgeous girl, love it. All that masking, oh wow, that is so hard for me, are you going to post a video on your blog for this card??? I hope so, I really LOVE this card, and I have this stamp set so I would love to watch you do the masking. Thanks for an awesome post today :)
Hey Tracey! I’m so glad you like my card!
I didn’t plan to make a video for this card, but I will think about it ;)
Wow! Excellent job on masking & coming up with a fabulous, seamless background. Takes a lot of skill. Love the sophistication, stunning and very appealing! Perfect colors.
Thank you a lot, Lynn!!
Your card and explanation are great! I really, really like the background you created and I love, love your use of red. Quite a wonderful card!
Thank you, Harriet!
Dat een paar vetplanten zo een mooie achtergrond kunnen worden ik vind het heel apart
Thank you, Ingrid!
What a lovely card! I love how detailed it is.
Thank you, Amy!
This is lovely!!
I love this card. I usually stamp backgrounds randomly with spaces between them but I like your idea best. You can bet I will try it. I thought I would give you an idea I use for masks. If I know I will need extra masks I stamp on the sticky edge of a post-it note pad. Then I pull off a stack of 3 or 4 of them and cut them all at the same time. Thus you can have multiples but only cut once. They can them be saved for next time
Thank you, Sandy! It’s such a great idea to cut out several masks at once! TFS!
I like the tone of your card with the browns and red! Love cacti and succulents. That is my outdoor potted garden! Looks like lots ot masking – so very patient!
Thank you, Doris! There wasn’t so much masking involved. A medium amount I would say ;)