Trying Something for the First Time

I have done a lot of creating backgrounds in my journals, but not so much in cards.   When making cards I tend to use printed papers, or some “one off” Gelli prints that I did on scrap paper before I printed in my journal.   I have seen lots of folks use small stamps to create a background. When I saw the challenge prompt at one of the locations I regularly participate in and looked at a new stamp set I had received this week, I knew that this was going to be my project.

I stamped some cold press watercolor paper with the stamp using a waterproof ink.   I sat in my chair with watercolors and brought the line drawings to life.   I matted it using a dark green paper.   Of course, once I did that I realized I wanted to add a message and had to do some creative work to get it under the matt I had already attached to the card. My message used an on the edge type wafer thin die and a heat embossed stamped message.   My last piece of card creativity was a baker’s twine bow.

Journal pages come easier for me, maybe because I look at that as mine.   I like to learn and my art journals are part of that journey.   When I make cards I worry more about the final result because they are for someone else.   In the end, I learned some things as I do in all challenges.


Challenges  & Prompts for this week


Some of the supplies used: 

  • Prima Marketing Watercolors
  • Doodlebug Baker’s Twine
  • Simon Says Stamp – Clear Stamp Choose Joy
  • Ranger – Jet Black archival ink.


  1. Love your beautiful bright flowery card, you’ve created a fab background and I love the colours you have used, thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog xx

  2. I really love how you made your background Diana! And you are absolutely right….every challenge teaches us something new…
    Thank you again for your sweet comment…hugs xxx Simo.

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