Sunday, June 12, 2011

H2H From Our Heart to Yours...Creating Background Paper for Dad

Hello there!

This week's Heart 2 Heart challenge is to create your own background paper for a Father's Day card.  The Design Team has made some fabulous cards with their own background techniques, and since this is a 'From Our Heart to Yours' challenge...we're sharing tutorials of what we did :)
Their links are over on my sidebar, or you can see all of their projects at once HERE.

I used a couple of different background techniques on my card this week:

Random Stamping on the Hawaiian shirt:

Started with a 4x6" piece of paper.
I stuck 4 small stamps on my block to keep the pattern uniform, and then just filled the paper with it:

To fold the shirt, just google origami shirt-fold and you'll get an assortment of tutorials to choose from.

Sponged Background Scene:

Start with your piece of blank cardstock. Mask off the sun with a circle of scrap paper and a temp bond tape that can be easily removed.  Then mask off the horizon with post-its, cover the bottom edge of the sun too.

Then I used a sponge and Sunny Yellow ink and dabbed and rubbed until it was even.

Next I used Smoothie ink, and filled in the rest of the sky.

Then I grabbed the Sunny Yellow again and went over the entire sky to blend them together.

Remove the post-its and you should have this. Leave the circle mask on for now.

Now use post-its to mask the horizon line, line them up right along the edge of the sky.

I sponged Sunset ink for the water, leaving a strip of white beneath the sun to look like a reflection.  Remove the post-its mask.

Then I sponged the edge of the reflection with Sunny Yellow, and blended the colors.  The trick with this sponging technique is to build up the color in layers so you don't get smears/blotches of ink.

To make the waves, I just cut a random wavy edge on a scrap of paper, and held it in place while I sponged with Smoothie Ink. Randomly move the edge and ink along it until you have a wave pattern.

Now you can remove the circle mask...

Cover the horizon line with the edge of scrap paper, and lightly sponge on Sunset ink to get the water line.

And there is your sunset scene!

The rest of the Design Team have more 'From Our Heart to Yours' goodness for you here.  Do go to each of their blogs to learn what they did, and leave them some love while you are there...we all love getting comments :)

We'd love to see what you can come up with!  Create your own background paper for a Father's Day project, and link it up at H2H so we can all see!  Each entry has a chance to win a prize from our June sponsors, and yours could make it into our Top 10 for a crack at a future Guest Designer spot.

Thanks for visiting today!

All supplies used from CTMH unless noted:

Paper for shirt: from X7129B Hooligans Level2 paper pack
Cardstock: White Daisy, Black, Lagoon
Inks: Black, Sunny Yellow, Sunset, Smoothie
Stamps: D1470 Dreams Come True (flowers), B1376 Wings (leaves), D1423 Happy Forever and D1288 June Word Puzzle (Sentiments, both stamps retired)
Z1393 Black Mini-Medley (mini button brads)
Black hemp string

Post-It notes and removable tape for masking.


  1. Thanks for the tutorial - you do the best sponged backgrounds! Really cute card with the little Hawaiian shirt on it :o)

  2. OH My Gosh--this is gorgeous! And you make it look so easy! Can't wait to try it, thanks for the tutorial!

  3. Amazing background. Fantastic card. Thanks for sharing this tutorial.

  4. You're background is just AMAZING! Thanks for the tutorial - I'll have to get brave and try it!


  5. What an incredible card! I am really going to have to give this background a try. Wonderful!

  6. Lorrinda, this is amazing!! Love the shirt & your sponged background is to die for :)

  7. You are such an arty smarty! Very cute.

  8. Such a hot card! A really jazzy Father's Day card. Absolutely gorgeous.


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