Hello there!

I’m over at the Neat & Tangled blog today to share a card that uses one stamp to create a pattern, one die to create an aperture and one sentiment to tie them all together 😉

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled Monthly Post JUN2015. Ink smooshed backgrounds.

But, like a lot of the cards I make, I need a background to work with! So, I used my failsafe technique of creating one with Distress Inks – smoosh them onto a craft mat, spritz with water and lay down a panel of white cardstock into the inky puddles. You may have to jiggle the panel around a little to get more coverage, but when you’re happy, lift it out and heat set.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled Monthly Post JUN2015. Ink smooshed backgrounds.

Repeat the process a few times until you get something that you’re happy with. I then repeatedly stamped one of the wreath images from Simple Christmas to create a pattern with black dye ink for a bit of contrast.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled Monthly Post JUN2015. Ink smooshed backgrounds.

I trimmed the panel down to slightly smaller than my card base and then die-cut the smaller Dala Horse from the centre to create an aperture, and the beginnings of a shaker card. I adhered a piece of acetate behind the aperture, and foam pads all the way around to seal in the sequins.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled Monthly Post JUN2015. Ink smooshed backgrounds.

The sentiment comes from Gardenia Blooms Journaling card and to finish, I dotted a few of the sequins on the card front.

I hope you’ll have a go at creating your own background and then stamping with black dye ink for a dramatic look!

Thanks for stopping by 😉

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