Friday, May 9, 2014

Background into the Foreground

I've always liked using the same image for the background & the

foreground or focal point. Recently I saw a card done that way & have wanted to make one.  When I saw dark red is the challenge at Colour Me, I immediately thought of this beautiful Poinsettia Script Penny Black background.  I'd been thinking of using 2 printed papers for the Merry Monday sketch, but decided to see if I could combine the challenges.  I used Distress Ink fired 

brick & spritzed with Ink Potion No. 9 before stamping on watercolor paper.  The wooden star was colored with the same ink which was also used to stamp the sentiment from Penny Black's Crystalline set.  Stickles was added to the star for some sparkle to tie in with the sparkly red ribbon.  I actually finished the card with the die cut circle inlaid into the dry embossed panel. I tried to convince myself that it was OK, but this morning I carefully removed the star with the sentiment flag, the gems & the button so I could pop up the entire poinsettia over the partial image on the circle.  
The only thing ruined was the sentiment flag which was easily redone. It was worth the effort as I like the card much better now.  Since I used 5 gems I'm also entering SSS Monday.  
On another note, we found a great harness for Fritz.  It's easy to put on & since it attaches in the front instead of on the top of the dog's back, it also provides control without using a choke chain. Here's the link if anyone is interested: http://www.walkyourdogwithlove.com/
Hope you have a great weekend & Mother's Day & thank you for taking time to visit my blog.


32 comments:

Maria said...

So beautiful, Greta! What a lovely background, poinsettia, and star! It makes for the perfect Christmas card!

rcwidow (Linda) said...

How lovely

Mrs A. said...

Stunning card. Love the red and white . Looks really elegant. Hugs MrsA.

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

This is beautiful, Greta! Love that poinsettia! Thanks so much for playing with us at Merry Monday!

LeAnne said...

What a lovely card, Greta! So happy that you popped by my blog and left me such nice comments too! AND I am thrilled you combined the two challenges! I think your background is stunning....love how you did the whole card! Thanks for playing with the Colour Me...! colors as well as Merry Monday this week!

Cat Craig said...

Wonderful stamp usage Greta. That poinsettia is lovely.

Mona Pendleton said...

Wow Greta! What a gorgeous Christmas card! Those Poinsettiss are stunning! Hope you have a great weekend!

Nat said...

love the red and white details its gorgeous!! btw I booked off 2 days from work in May 2015. and was approved. just incase we can get together :)

Rosemary said...

you combined the two challenges perfectly, greta!! lovely card... so happy to see you playing along with Colour Me!

Lisa Elton said...

BEAUTIFUL card Greta, love those poinsettias!! Max has a great little mesh harness we use when we go to the parks and vacations. Glad you found one for Fritz, they sure help when they're on an exciting adventure!!

Scrumplescrunch said...

Hello Greta,
Wow... I love passionate Red, it is so stimulating, provocative and exciting, and this card relates this. Gorgeous.
Smiles:)
Sue

scrappymo! said...

Lovely card, Greta...it has a very arty look!

Dawn T said...

very pretty Greta. Love the reds of your card.

Dotty Jo said...

So beautiful Greta, Jo x

walchowDesign said...

Love how you incorporate the background but also use it as the focal point, Greta!

Susan Powell said...

This is really beautiful!!

alexandra s.m. said...

I love it Greta!
The effect is so so cool!
Thank You~

Karren said...

What a fantastic way to use this background stamp! I've got it and have never made it look as good as this! Fabulous card. Thanks so much for joining us at Merry Monday.

Bonnie said...

This is GORGEOUS, Greta! I reminds me of toile with the red and white. And you know I love the embossing and poinsettia! Thanks for sharing it with us at Merry Monday!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Super creative and unique!

anja curvers said...

Such a pretty card love it.

Notes by Nina said...

Lovely card Greta,Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

Linda said...

Beautiful card Greta .... love the poinsettia. xx

Shirley said...

What can I say, it is just so rich and gorgeous! I agree with you about the poinsettia image and why not, I layer too much myself!! Your card is spectacular either way!

Sue said...

This card is beautiful. I love how you finished the card, too! So pretty!

Suzanne C said...

Pretty poinsettia! Love the background the the foreground with sentiment is lovely! Thanks for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

Karen Davis said...

Wow Greta!! How inspiring, your background is amazing, so effective Gorgeous card. Thanks so much for joining us at Merry Monday.

Joni Andaya said...

So Pretty Greta!!! Oh so love the background <3.

Katie Melhus said...

Gorgeous take on the sketch, and I totally agree about the background/foreground images - gorgeous card! Thanks so much for playing along at Merry Monday this week!

Unknown said...

What a lovely Christmas card :) Thank you so much for sharing with us this week at Colour Me...! We sure hope to see you back again soon ;)

Jessi Fogan said...

Sometimes it really is worth going back & fixing something on your card :) I love how this turned out! Gorgeous colour too, so rich.
THANK YOU for the harness link! We've got the typical one that fastens in the back, but big dog+ never walked before she came to us = omg, strap on rollerblades, this is going to be a long process!

cm said...

Oh my, my friend, this is glamorous, classy, elegant...and just all-around beautiful! Your matching paper and poinsettia...swooning! Stunning combination (ummm...can you tell I love this? Another shuffle in the Top 5 list...). Hugs~c