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Friday, July 4, 2014

Colored Background Challenge

Happy 4th of July everyone! I'm am delighted to be one of the hostesses today for our VCMP.
The 4th of July means more to me than just celebrating our country's birthday.  22 years ago my youngest son was born. He just got back to the US from 10 months in Afghanistan and I am so glad to have him home!

I hope you all enjoy the day and have fun making cards.
My challenge for you is to make a card with a colorful background that you create from ink, paint, or scraps. If you use paper, you must use scraps or at least 5 different papers.

Here are some examples of cards with ink or paint backgrounds.
I applied Alcohol inks with a felt applicator to glossy paper
I used Distress inks with a sponge applicator, then flicked water onto the paper to create watermarks
I put distress inks on a craft sheet, misted with water, and dragged the paper through the inks
Here are some cards made with scrap backgrounds
If you want to see a tutorial on a scrappy background go here

These card backgrounds were made by using thin strips and glueing them in a diagonal pattern
Now go and create your cards and use the InLinkz to link them here.
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  1. Love all your beautiful backgrounds for your cards! What a fun challenge, off to create something!! Not sure what yet!!

  2. And, today's post put your blog over 12,000 views! Congratulations!

    1. Thanks for mentioning that! I wouldn't have noticed it. :)

  3. Great cards. Love the scrap ones.

  4. Your scrappy strip background, which I learned the first time you shared your tutorial, is one of my fave techniques. Since I'm the chef today, I'll definitely be making one of those tomorrow morning to play on this challenge!

  5. This is a terrific challenge! Your cards are wonderful examples and great inspiration. Thanks!

  6. Your love mosaic card is the perfect inspiration for me to make a birthday card for a good friend who is a mosaic artist. Her birthday is in August and I always try to make her a paper mosaic card. She does amazing work with glass tiles. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Thanks for a great challenge. Really stretched me a bit!
    Have a great day!

  8. Loved the opportunity to play with a new stencil and some Distress Inks. Thanks so much for hosting a challenge!

  9. WOW!!! Look at all the wonderful inspiration you have shared! I really love the "Love" Heart Stencil card and how you used Distress Inks for that background. I actually own that every same stencil and think it's always perfect for so many cards!

    Thanks being for one of the hostesses....great challenge and one I'm happy to play in!!

  10. Love to make my own backgrounds, the messier/inkier the better! Love yours.

  11. Thanks for your challenge. I love all of your cards and could not pick a favorite. Thanks for all of the examples of different backgrounds.

  12. Thanks for a great challenge! I love all of the beautiful and colorful cards in this post, they will definitely make the recipients smile.

  13. Another great challenge! I decided to use scraps for this one, but everyone's cards are awesome!

  14. what a fun challenge...what a great group of cards. This years VCMP has been a blast.

  15. Finally finished and linked! Thanks for the challenge!