So I showed you this little teaser photo last week where I colored in an awesome, super detailed background stamp (Spice Market Large Petal by Hero Arts + Basic Grey).
Today, I'm going to take this finished background and turn it into a colorful, bold card! If you don't have this particular stamp, any background stamp that lets you color in areas like this would be great to make cards with bold backgrounds.
Once you've decided on your background design, the next step is straightforward and fun - just color! Use whatever medium you want, color in whatever colors you want. If you want to keep it Christmas-y, you can stick to reds, greens, and just a little bit of blues and yellows, like I did.
I had so much fun coloring (just doing it while watching some TV, because honestly it did take a while) that I actually made two versions. For one, I used distress markers (which are watercolor markers, but I just used them as regular markers in this case) as well as some awesome glitter markers and for the other, I used plain old watercolor pencils. Nothing fancy, but it still came out great!
The hard thing with bold backgrounds like this is finding a place for a sentiment - and I'm going to show you two ways to deal with this.
So the first option is to use vellum. Now, this actually covers up some of the awesome coloring you did. I decided to use that with my colored pencil piece because if I put it over the other one, the pretty glitter markers I used didn't show up at all under the vellum. BUT, you can still see the general colors under. This gives a nice softer effect, if that's what you prefer.
I heat embossed my sentiment on the vellum, using Mama Elephant Flashy Letters and Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder (in hindsight, I think white embossing powder would have been even better for a brighter effect). The great thing about these bold letters is that there's room to place some foam square or adhesive without it showing! For additional support, I used wood veneer stars to hide some more adhesive under.
Onto the next card, which is MUCH bolder - using a large die cut sentiment. I chose a "Noel" design from the Silhouette store (ID#52374).
To give it dimension, I covered it with several coats of white embossing powder. The bright white really sets it off from all the color of the background, but I popped this up on foam dots for dimension as well.
With this approach, you can still see a lot of the coloring, and see the shimmer from the glitter markers as well!
So there you have it, two ways to make holiday cards out of bold colored backgrounds! Get coloring!! :)