Good morning and happy Saturday!!
Today I am sharing ways to visually divide the space of your backgrounds, specifically using background dies. Background dies are great for creating intricate looks, and sometimes letting the background be the focal point. But when the background becomes the focal point, I like to visually divide the space since it’s so large. Today I’ll be focusing on dividing it into thirds. I will be making ocean-related cards today for our Summertime Fun Challenge, that’s still going on for a couple of weeks!
For my first two cards, I am literally cutting the backgrounds up into three pieces, and I am doing it so the largest piece is on the top, the second largest is in the middle and the smallest is at the bottom. This creates a cool gradient-like effect on your background.
To create both backgrounds, I used The Mermaid Sea Waves Stencil. I inked them with a gradient of colors with distress inks, and then used the same stencil to add sparkling Nuvo Paste on top. This creates a shimmer ombre effect.
After dividing them into three pieces and gluing them to cardstock, I die cut a heart from The Besties Stamp and Cut set, because I loved the wavy look of the heart. This was originally intended as a bark heart outline die, but I loved using it as an interesting heart shape on this ocean background. I used Hero Arts Soft Granite ink to ink my sentiment from a MMH kit. From the same MMH Kit, I die cut some kelp from watercolor paper for an accent under my heart. Because both backgrounds had so much sparkle, I didn’t add ANY jewels or pearls. I know, it’s crazy but I survived!
For my third ocean card, I used the new Wave and Sea Confetti Die for my background die. This time I die cut it from an alcohol ink piece, using teals and blues purples for a deep sea look. Instead of actually cutting this into thirds, I cut two gold glitter strips and adhered them to roughly divide the piece into thirds. This helps break up this beautiful but intense background. I then added the same heart and kelp as you have previously seen. And AGAIN I didn’t add any embellishments. Whew.
My last card has a completely different background, but uses the same dividing-into-thirds technqiue. I blended some beachy colors together, and then using an old MMH Kit, stamped jellyfish all over the back in Soft Granite and Black ink. I then die cut the background with the Circle Confetti Fancy Die, because I thought in this case it would like bubbles under the sea. As you can see, I left some of the circles inside the die. I think this can look good sometimes to help give more variety to the background. I then used silver glitter paper to visually divide it into thirds. I stamped my sentiment on both the inked piece and my cardstock.
And these cards are done! Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope this inspired you to pull out your background dies or make some ocean cards! If you haven’t done so yet, I encourage you to participate in this month’s challenge -I’d love to see what you make! Have a great weekend!