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Sharon Briss: Inner White Space

I love paper piecing, contrasts and backgrounds and these cards use all these elements.  Of course, the key is to start with fabulous PaperTemptress papers!  This easy style makes it easy to make impactful, stylish cards in no time.

You’ll need:

Pure White Gloss – Text Weight
Heavenly White
Black Pearl Glossy
Colored Cardstock such as the Treasures line
StazOn Jet Black Ink
Selection of Ranger Distress Inks
Stamps with inner white space ie can be paper pieced
optional PaperTemptress 5/8 Splitz Ribbon
craft sheet

Start by cutting your Pure White Gloss into 5.5″ x 4.25″ rectangles.  When I make backgrounds, I always create a fullsize card face so I have some choices in placement when I stamp.

Spread out your craft sheet and tap your coordinating Ranger Distress Inks onto it.  Don’t overlap inks.  I tend to stamp the ink onto the sheet in stripes.  You can use as many inks as you like.  For my blue backgrounds, I chose to use 3 – Broken China, Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky .

Mist the ink lightly, enough to pool your ink but not drown it.

Next, take a piece of your Pure White Gloss and then slide it through the ink a few times to cover all the surface.  Try and make your movements random so that different colors are picked up.   Also, try and go in a few different directions.  The paper may curl when you put it down to dry but don’t worry this awesome PaperTemptress paper flattens out as it dries!  It also dries super quick so by the time assembled my other supplies, it was almost ready.  A break for a cup of tea and it was perfect!

Once you have the background ready, the rest is a breeze.  Stamp your images and any sentiments onto your background with StazOn Jet Black ink.

I always wait to trim my paper until after I have stamped any sentiments so, if I stamp a little crooked, I can trim the paper to make everything look nice and straight.

The last step before assembling your card is to decide what parts of your image you would like to pop out of your background.  Stamp the image again on Heavenly White and cut out the parts you want to have white on your card.   Why did I have you stamp on the background first if we were just going to paper piece?  So you don’t have to worry about the fiddly bits when cutting out.

Cut on the outline of your image to avoid a white halo and only cut out the larger bits.  For this cosmos bud, I didn’t want to try and cut out all the petal edges on top – so I didn’t!  I just cut out the much easier bud. This way you don’t have to worry about stray hairs, stems, antennae or other such lovely details.  Attach with your favorite adhesive to the stamped images on the background.  Mat if desired.

I finished off this card with some 5/8 Splitz Ribbon.  If I am not tying the ribbon onto the card, I usually attach it with double-sided tape.  I make the ribbon longer than needed so I don’t have to fuss with positioning it.  Once it is attached, I simple turn the card over and cut off the excess.  I love the textured grosgrain and smooth satin of this ribbon – simple yet sophisticated!

I used a Treasures Periwinkle cardstock for the base and added three black brads.  Here’s what it looked like completed:

Papers: Glossy Premium White – text weight, Heavenly White, Periwinkle Treasures and Black Pearl Glossy
Stamps: cosmos bud and checkered border from Floriculture plate and sentiment from Bits and Pieces plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)

Here are some other cards I created using the same idea!

I used an orange palette for this one created using Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink.

If you end up with an image that has enclosed white space as with this mushroom, just cut along one of the outlines.  I cut next to the stalk.

For this card, I kept some of the background made to add a little visual interest behind the matted image.

Papers: Glossy Premium White – text weight, Heavenly White, Goldenrod Treasures and Black Pearl Glossy
Stamps: Mushroom group from Jo Capper-Sandon line (Stampotique) and sentiment from Bits and Pieces (Rogue Redhead Designs)

For the next one, I went back to the Periwinkle Treasures cardstock.  I didn’t want to cover up this beautiful shade so I just repeated the Swirl Stalks around the outside edge of the card.

Papers: Glossy Premium White – text weight, Heavenly White and Periwinkle Treasures
Stamps: Wee owl and Swirl Stocks from Jo Capper-Sandon line (Stampotique); sentiment from Bits and Pieces (Rogue Redhead Designs)

On the final card, I used a background I had made previously with Bundled Sage Distress Ink.  I stamped my image first to get placement correct and then added some additional Crushed Olive Distress Ink with some sequin waste.  To get a soft line with texturing, ink up a cotton ball and rub it in a circular motion on the sequin waste.

As much as I love matting my main panels, sometimes I just want a hint of an edge.  On this card, I used ribbon to create some visual interest horizontally and then I tied it in with black photo corners.

Papers: Glossy Premium White – text weight and Heavenly White
Stamps: lily of the valley and sentiment from Floriculture plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)

The fabulous text weight Glossy Premium White just loves Distress Ink!  Start showing off your great backgrounds and do some pretty paper piecing!

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