I found a picture I took of a floral bouquet that reminded me of wonderful spring colors. It’s something to reflect on as I watch the snow melt outside.

Using the colors in the photo as an inspiration point and some of my new PTI stamps I made three cards.

I wanted to capture the romance of the photo as well as the colors.

Background paper: KaiserCraft’s Sweet Nothings

PTI dies-Beautiful Butterflies and Parisian Lace Doily

I usually don’t do cards that are minimalist but I really like the way this one came out.

Supplies: Beautiful Butterflies stamp set

In the last card, I am picking up the colors and flower theme of the photo.

Supplies: PTI Frilly Flowers Stamp and Die set

PTI Background Basics: Medallions

Impression Obsession Backgound stamps

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Last month I had a chance to visit all my Stamp Club friends to show them how I transformed some papers into new backgrounds for cards. It all started when I found some really bright yellow paper in my card making stash.

Using something this primary is not my personal style.First I stamped the paper with two Impression Obsession “Cover a Card” background stamps using a rose and green chalk ink. Next I stamped a leaf pattern in the same green ink and edged the sides of the paper in green and orange inks.

Here is the result.  I mounted it on card stock, added some embellishment and had a finished card.

Here is another example, this time of ¬†patterned paper I had that just wasn’t calling “Choose me, use me!” in any way.

With this paper I used a couple of shades of matte acrylic paint applied very thinly so that the ghost of the original patter shows through. Next I used another Impression Obsession “Cover a Card” background stamp over the acrylic layers for this result.

This softer pastel background is something I will definitely use in a card.

The rest of the evening was spent with the stamp club members experimenting with making their own background. The results were pretty spectacular. Don’t always settle for what you are given if it’s not resinating with you.

To quote Miss Piggy, “To say ‘Less is More” is ridiculous. Obviously More is more!’