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Friday, April 15, 2016

Marbled Background

I had some fun today creating a marbled background using this week's Color My Heart Challenge: Thistle, Hollyhock, Juniper, and White Daisy along with CAS(E) this Sketch #168.

To create my background, I smushed a 3x3 square acrylic block into Thistle ink. I then used a crumpled piece of plastic bag to dab water onto the block and get the ink moving. I stamped the block onto white cardstock, cleaned the block, and repeated the process with Hollyhock and Juniper ink.  After carefully considering how I needed to cut my square so it would look like a rectangle and follow the sketch, I cut the angle the wrong I flipped the sketch.

The sentiment panel is 1"x4". I stamped the sentiment with Thistle dye ink (Happy) and White Daisy pigment ink (Anniversary). After letting the pigment ink dry, I used a scratch piece of paper to glue the bottom piece of the marbled background first, the sentiment strip next, then the top piece of marbled background. Some stitching and a crochet flower with corduroy brad center (retired CTMH accessories) finished off the top panel.

The white cardstock panel is cut at 4"x5.25" and scored at the 1/4" mark all the way around. I mounted it with foam tape on the card base, then mounted the marbled panel with another layer of foam tape.

Okay...time to face the music (aka, the tax man). Wish me luck!

Until next time,


  1. Such a pretty background! Thanks for joining us at CAS(E) This Sketch!

  2. This is a really cool technique. Love the results!

  3. Love the marbled look of your personalized design paper...great job with the colors and mixture...beautiful. Love the stitching and crocheted flower. On a trip to Washington DC last year with my daughter I spent time in creating these little bitty crocheted flowers and hadn't crocheted in years and haven't picked it back up from our trip either. Thanks for joining us at Color My Heart Color Dare. Always look forward to your creations. Hope to see you again next week.

  4. Oh, what a cool background! Great take on the sketch!

  5. What a pretty card. I love the crinkled bag or plastic wrap technique - guaranteed to give fabulous results and you proved it! I often use my Bernina sewing machine on cards and the way you applied the stitching here is clever and unique AND you added the subtle scoring. I haven't decided on my card for this challenge yet but yours is lovely.

  6. I love your marbled background! When I used to use that technique many years ago I would only use 1 color but this piece looks so much richer with the three challenge colors. Thanks for sharing a new idea with me and for inspiring everyone at the Color Dare challenge blog this week.
    :) Marie

  7. Fabulous card! Love the background and your fun stitching. Thank you for inspiring us at Color My Heart Challenge Blog.

  8. WOW!!!!! Pretty card!!!! Thank you for playing along with the Color Dare Challenge! ~ Jen DT

  9. What a fun technique to try, with beautiful results! Thanks for taking a Color Dare.

  10. Beautiful and love the results of your background. Thank you of the inspiration and playing along this week on Color My Heart.


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