Saturday, March 17, 2018

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady: The Supporting Actress

Hello, hello!  I hope you are having an amazing start to your weekend, we are up in Cleveland visiting family and celebrating my youngest's Birthday with family.  But thanks to technology this post has been scheduled and set to go for a few days :).  Today my post is titled "The Supporting Actress".  So often we as cardmakers want to bring something to the front of a card that takes the spotlight, and really makes our projects shine.  But, what about that background that sometimes we work hard on and it just seems to fade away?  Or we spend so much time on our spotlight image, and we don't do anything with our background.

Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE cards like that and sometimes the background just isn't what we are wanting our recipients to pay much attention to, or we just want a clean and simple card that doesn't need a background.  For today, however, I wanted to shine the spotlight on the backgrounds of my cards and give them the lead. (You might want to get your sunglasses on too, lol)


Now you see why I mentioned sunglasses? lol  And I have to admit I might be a little obsessed with the script love die that comes in the In A Word: Love Coordinating Cutaways, as I've already used it three times this month.  For this fun rainbow card I started by cutting strips of DCWV Shimmer Cardstock and adhering them to a white panel. Next, I diecut the scalloped heart from the True Dotty Heart Cutaways from the center of my rainbow. I then diecut the regular heart from this same set out of the center of the scalloped heart that I had cut out.  This sounds more confusing than it actually is... really it's just diecutting the center of a diecut (does that sound any less confusing?).  This left me with a negative scalloped cut in my rainbow strips, then I filled it in with the regular heart cut.  Maybe this should be called inlaid diecutting within a negative cut... or something like that.  Any who, I love the results!  I finished it off my diecutting the xoxo strip along the bottom and keeping it intact, and adding the script love die across my hearts.  The rainbow background though, is definitely the star of it all.

For my next card I used diecutting again to help my background shine.  This time I created my own paper lace of sorts by diecutting the same floral strip from the Georgette Border Cutaways repeatedly.


I wanted the design to really pop, so I chose contrasting colors to really draw the eyes in.  Since I was going for a more natural look I didn't measure my cuts out, and rather just moved it around to from strip to strip.  I then added the In a Word: Happy Cutaway that was sprinkled with glitter, and I finished the card with a few rhinestones.  By keeping the sentiment simple, and using clear rhinestones I was able to keep the focus on the lacy background.


For my final project I've used stamping to create a fun and eclectic background with the Dotty About You with Lydia Evans Set...


By randomly stamping the various images in this set in different colors you could create an entire set of cards.  Vellum also comes in handy with this card as it allows the background to be seen behind the sentiment.  I also added a few hand drawn wavy lines to frame the stamped panel in and to keep the eyes moving inward.

I hope that today's post has inspired you to maybe take a second look at your backgrounds, and maybe make them the star of an upcoming project.  After all the supporting actress/actor can really make a scene shine that much brighter.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope to see you over on my blog as well!

Happy Crafting!
Lisa

23 comments:

Greta said...

Such creative ideas, Lisa--thank you for the inspiration! Love all the designs & such a great idea to focus on the background!

pcm said...

perfect spring cards!

Denise Bryant said...

Great background ideas! I love the rainbow heart card!

Arianna Barbara said...

Wow!!! Beautiful cards!!! I'm totally in love for your first one! Colours and layout are great!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Super sweet and delightful!

Sue D said...

I like the backgrounds you created--esp the rainbow one.
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Rebecca Yahrling said...

Your cards are all so fabulous! I L*O*V*E the brightness of the first card. And I love using my BG stamps.

Anushree Vaish said...

Loved ur rainbow...other cards are as well so nicely done....thanks for inspiring with ur beautiful work!!

Deepti Aggarwal said...

Beautiful cards Lisa...love the way you made your cards highlighting thre backgrounds.

Karenladd said...

These background techniques are so fun and I really love that inlaid negative heart idea. Looks like a great way to use up paper scraps too.

Trina P. said...

A third fabulous collection of cards. Love the bright rainbiw heart card... cool technique.

Mary-Anne V said...

Creative cards...love the use of diecutting on the rainbow card, the diecut background you created on the 2nd and the fun graphic look of the last!

Marjorie DUMONTIER said...

Very creative bundle of cards ! The rainbow love is my favourite one.
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Stacey Kowbel said...

Fantastic cards! I love the rainbow love card!

Celeste Goff said...

What fabulous cards Lisa! I especially love the rainbow one!

SHartl said...

My card backgrounds are always kind of blah so this post is really helpful. I'll have to set aside some time to play around with my own backgrounds for a creative look.

F. Andre said...

Your cards continue to delight! Thanks for sharing your creativity.

Mirella said...

These are all really lovely, but I must say - the first one is my absolute favourite. The colours are just fab, and the design is very clever with the dies.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

These are so special!!!!!

Dee Earnshaw said...

love the backgrounds on your cards and the CAS designs:)

Rachel Vass said...

Your first rainbow card is absolutely stunning!

ionabunny said...

Gorgeous rainbow and I love that dotty card. Hugz

Janis said...

March was a totally crazy month for me and I got way behind on commenting on your Leading Lady posts!! Now I am trying to catch up. I adore the rainbow heart card and I esp loved seeing what you did with that little heart outline. :)
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