Thursday, April 24, 2008

Salvaging Backgrounds

When I was making backgrounds for the background swap back in February, I had a few experiments I wasn't happy with. I set these sheets aside for possibly sometime........
I'm not sure how I made these. I know for the one of the left, I experimented with mixing different types of color sprays. I did many layers, tried watering it down, more layers and decided it was too much work, and too difficult to replicate 10 times for the swap. I've signed up for a Summer ATC Swap, and these intense orange colors reminded me of the heat of summer. All it needed was black edging, black words, a vintage image, and a paper sunflower with a sun charm in its center. When I made the other background, I just didn't like it. Because I never know what I might use and that my tastes change, I kept it. I had used gold metalic spray in it, and decided the yellow & gold could work for the summer theme. It needed something more as a background. I ran it through the Cuttlebug with an embossing folder and highlighted the raised areas with distress ink.

I cut two of the swirls to use as corner holders, added a vintage image edged with gold, stamped a butterfly and the word play to which I added diamond glaze to make them pop. And edged the ATC with gold.

I'm glad I kept these backgrounds!

4 comments:

Manna said...

You turned out great art, Carol! Love these. I like how they turned out so differently once you cut and embossed them. You rock!

Maggi said...

Love what you did (and am glad you are back!) The CB is so wonderful - glad you recommended it!!

Rosie said...

Oh Carol, you are so inspirational... I love these embossed pieces of backgrounds. What a brilliant way to use them! Think I may have to do something similar - especially with the nasty pink marbling pieces of cs I made!!

Rosie said...

Carol - your post has been featured on Inspirational today!

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