Saturday, February 1, 2014

Collage Backgrounds for Valentines

In my technique nights this coming week, we are using the theme of collage backgrounds and Valentines!  So I kind of went a little crazy in my Craft Cave yesterday.  I think it was a result of denying myself the pleasure of vintage stamping for too long.  You wouldn't believe how many stamp sets I had on my desk at once!!   But I had fun.  I'm not going to lie and say the results were stellar at first.  It's been so long that I had to get back into the Vintage Groove again, but I eventually came up with a design that I liked:

  •  My first attempt had a solid collage background and because there are collage elements in the main panel as well, there was not enough contrast or a real focal point.  Cutting up the background into two smaller pieces and layering them with Raspberry Ripple really helped.
  • There are a good many stamp sets represented here.  On the main panel, I've used Hearts a Flutter, Off the Grid, Background Builders, Papaya Collage and Petite Pairs!  Whew!
  • My palette for this card is Raspberry Ripple, Basic Gray, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla.

  • For the background, I used En Francais, the Very Vintage Wheel, Clockworks, Gorgeous Grunge and the butterfly from Papaya Collage, although you can't really see it.  Basically, to make a vintage background collage, you just layer stamps in coordinating inks until you get the look you want.
  • A doily and a bow in Raspberry Ripple Stitched Satin Ribbon add some little touches that balance and enhance the look.  
There are so many stamp sets involved here that if I gave you the links to both the wood mount AND the clear mount, the list would go on for ages, so this list contains only one of the two.  You can easily navigate the my On-Line Store to find the other if you need it.


  1. Heather, this is such an adorable card! Love the "shabby chic" look :)
    Sylvia xx

  2. This is one of the most beautiful cards I have seen in a very long time. Unique!


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