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Create Your Own Background – And Play To Win Distress Inks!!

Hello crafty friends!! Please join me for a new challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  This week the challenge is

Use Your Favorite Tool

We are showcasing Tim Holtz Products this week.  If you have any of these products, we’d love to see them used, but it’s certainly not a requirement to join the challenge. 

As always, the generous folks at Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $25 voucher to one randomly selected winner to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store.  You can enter 5 times which means you can make 5 different projects following this week’s prompt and have 5 chances to win a shopping spree!! Sounds like a win/win to me!! I’ve linked all of the supplies that I used at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.


What’s your favorite craft tool? Is it your paper trimmer? Your die cutting machine? How about Distress Oxide inks? Well, those are my 3 favorite tools. I simply could not narrow it down any narrower. I’d love to hear what your favorite tool is. In fact, let me know what your favorite tool is and I’ll randomly select a winner to win 5 distress ink pads. I have 2 distress oxides and 3 distress ink pads to give away. All full size!! I’ll announce the winner in next week’s post.

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Do anyone struggle with patterned paper like I do? I love it. I have tons of it. But I rarely use it on a card. I like to keep things pretty simple and patterned paper just seems so over powering sometimes. So busy. Yet I see people use it all the time and make it work beautifully. I can’t do that for whatever reason. So when I thought about using the Baubles Layering Shifter Stencil by Tim Holtz to create my own background, I thought in a way, I’m creating my own patterned paper!! No need to be intimidated by it. Yes I said it. Patterned paper intimidates me. Unless I create it myself…

Check out my video above if you’d like to see a detailed tutorial of how I created this background. It was super easy and super quick to create.

I taped an A2 piece of Bristol Smooth card stock to my glass media mat and taped the Baubles Shifter Stencil on top using purple tape. Then I ink blended several distress oxide inks using a sponge dauber. I started with Picked Raspberry then moved on to Carved Pumpkin, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon and ended with Wilted Violet.

I thought the background looked better going horizontally with the sentiment that I chose. I used the Proud of You wafer die by CZ Design. I chose this one because I hadn’t used this die yet and I don’t have any cards like this in my stash. Plus I wanted a sentiment with a shadow die so that I could use black and white card stock to really make it pop off of this colorful background.

I thought it needed a little something extra so I used one of my all time favorite dies from the Frames die set by Simon Says Stamp. I cut it out using black card stock. To bring it all together, I cut my background piece down to 4″ x 5.25″ and attached a piece of white craft foam to the back. Then I adhered it to a piece of black card stock cut to 4.25″ x 5.5″ aka US A2 size. I attached my whole card front to a top folding A2 size white card base.

To finish off my design, I added a few Metallic Silver Jewels by Pretty Pink Posh and then I was done!

Don’t forget to leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite craft tool is and I’ll randomly select someone to win 5 distress ink pads!! I’ll announce the winner in next week’s post.

So now it’s YOUR turn. Happy Crafting!!    

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