Monday, January 15, 2018

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Blushing Backgrounds

For the January CTMH Technique Blog Hop, we will feature the use of background stamps.  I'm excited to see the variety of paper crafting ideas that we will find on this hop.  If you are coming from Melissa Robinson you are on the right track.  In case you get lost, you can also get a complete list of participants at the bottom of Melissa's blog.  This month we have 13 Close to My Heart consultants sharing their creations using the current CTMH background stamps along with a variety of other great CTMH products.  To enjoy this hop is quite simple to do - just click on the link at the bottom of the post on each blog to move to the next one.  
Here we go!
In The Background Essentials (D1750) was used to make a patterned paper for a starburst card. In the past, I found cutting instruction that were tedious, such as cutting rectangles on a diagonal to create triangles, these are then glued into a starburst pattern on a large rectangle overlapping the edges of your card and then needs to be trimmed which wastes some of your paper.  No more need to trim, plus, save time cutting the triangle!!  I found two clever, fast, no-waste cut versions on YouTube.
#1. I didn't have time to complete was by (LeeAnn Greff:

I used a template version of the starburst card on YouTube created by Wendy Cranford ( tutorial shows how to make a template that's reusable and the exposed cardstock is sponged.  I took it one step farther.  After creating an ombre sponge effect using Juniper ink, I then added the background stamping to the remaining white triangles
The butterfly is from Chelsea Gardens and flowers were also stamped with the background stamp.

Now hop on over to Michelle Johns to see what kind of fabulous art she's created. Be sure to drop a comment, we enjoy the encouragement.  I hope you enjoy the hop!


  1. So pretty! Such nice technique and colors.

  2. Beautiful with the hombre and stamped pieces.

  3. Love the starburst incorporated on your card! It looks great!

  4. Your card is beautiful! Thanks for sharing the YouTube videos; I look forward to trying this technique.