Bringing backgrounds into the foreground

The new summer release showcase continues at the Penny Black blog all this week and next week. Today the stars of the show are the new background stamps. I decided to feature them all by themselves before they get relegated to background duty. The one above is Divine Pattern and I stamped it in Memento Paris Dusk after masking with torn masks and sponging in Summer Sky and Blue Danube (also Memento). The sentiment is from Lace Delight.

I created the second card using almost the same technique but I embossed the background stamp Flower Flourish first in clear before I sponged with Memento Rhubarb Stalk and Danube Blue. The sentiment is from Words Express.

Background stamps don’t always need to stay in the background especially when you like to keep it Clean and Simple like  I do. Thanks for dropping by today and thanks for the encouraging comments about my first ever video tutorial yesterday. I will do another when the summer break starts and I have a little more time on my hands.

16 Comments on “Bringing backgrounds into the foreground”

  1. chrissieann says:

    These are simply beautiful Heather and would fit perfectly with our Flourish challenge at “Less is More” this week!

  2. Gery says:

    Such a great idea and your cards are beautiful as ever.
    You are a real stampingartist to me.
    The colours you choose for this work are doing their job!!
    Have a nice weekend – Gery

  3. Gail says:

    Stunning cards!

  4. Debbie says:

    Love this use of background stamps, especially love those vibrant blues on that white background.

  5. Deanna says:

    Awesome effect love them both!

  6. valerie says:

    Stunning and inspirational!
    Val x

  7. Lynne Phelps says:

    Gorgeous! I especially love the torn mask card, it is beautiful! You take sponging to an art form!

  8. Susan Bridgman says:

    These are both gorgeous, Heather, but especially the blue and white one – it is so vibrant!

  9. Lindsey says:

    It’s amazing how a small change (a torn mask instead of straight lines) can add such a difference to a card. Both of these are so striking — beautiful!

  10. Jan Castle says:

    Lovely cards…simple, yet striking and soooooo different! You certainly are an expert at this!!!!
    Paper Hugs,

  11. sue says:

    What pretty cards! I especially like the torn edges of the first masked card. And that blue is gorgeous!

  12. Kathyk says:

    Two fabulous flourish cards


  13. mandi says:

    So vibrant, superb cards Heather
    Thank you very much
    “Less is More”

  14. Gabby says:

    Wonderful cards! 🙂

  15. Vicky says:

    These gorgeous backgrounds certainly deserve to take centre stage Heather!

  16. pattisj says:

    What a great idea!

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