What, no Design Paper?

I love it when that happens!!  I’m a background stamp kind of girl so no one was happier that me when one of the Our Daily Bread Designs releases this month was a background stamp.  For my card I’m showcasing the Brocade Background and using no design paper (insert scary music here).  Actually this really goes back to my roots — when I started stamping I always used some kind of background stamp and never would have dreamed of using design paper.  My how times change!!  This would look wonderful in any color, in fact before I settled on the blue I tried out several pigment inks.   I’m using a sentiment from the Full of Grace collection called Peace.

To show off the sentiment, I used one of my favorite new die templates, Spellbinders Labels Fourteen, matted.  Around the edge of the card I used two borders, Spellbinders Ric Rac Diamond Border Petites and Lotus Border Petites.  On top of the double tied bow is a large rhinestone brad and I added some crystal beads on a pin. 

I thoroughly enjoyed my playtime today and if you haven’t played around with backgrounds lately, you should give it a try!!

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Our Daily Bread Designs – Peace
Paper:  The Paper Company, Bazzill
Ink:  Adirondack Denim Pigment Ink
Accessories:  Spellbinders Labels Fourteen, Spellbinders Ric Rac Diamond Border Petites, Spellbinders Lotus Border Petites, The Paper Studio – Spare Parts Brads, Swarovski Crystals, Satin Ribbon

Several of you have emailed to ask about the bright shiny thing I’ve been perching my cards on.  Can I first say that I was totally defeated by trying to get my cards to stand exactly where I’ve put them when getting ready to photograph.  I notice that others use a little floral frog but I didn’t have any luck with that – it was getting my cards dirty.  I found this stand at Michaels and apparently it holds candles.  I just flipped it upside down and simply slip my card in between those mega huge hulking crystals and it does not move.  I rarely stamp on the inside of my cards because I can’t get the card to stand stable enough to show the inside . . . hmmmm . . . maybe this will change now.  Hope this clears up the mystery :-)


  • Jerri KaySeptember 20, 2010 - 10:21 pm

    This is absolutely stunning Becca. I love the background stamp and the colors you selected for the design, very rich and elegant. I’m not a DP girl. I absolutely love DP, but when I play with it, I’m afraid it looks like just that . . . . paper that’s been played with. I don’t have the talent and skill it takes to successfully design with it. You are a natural with it, as well as background stamps I might add! Hugs!!!ReplyCancel

  • EdnaSeptember 20, 2010 - 10:26 pm

    Love the new background stamp and the card also. EdnaReplyCancel

  • EzSeptember 20, 2010 - 10:46 pm

    Wow!!! What an elegant card. Love the deep color!! You never cease to amaze. Thank you for sharing :)ReplyCancel

  • lacyquilterSeptember 20, 2010 - 11:20 pm

    Fabulous, Becca. I’m a background girl myself.ReplyCancel

  • CarolSeptember 20, 2010 - 11:28 pm

    Becca, I, too, am a background person. Love this stamp. Designer paper using marbled shaving cream is a fantastic background, especially if you ‘do it my way.’ LOL Lovely, lovely background, Becca!ReplyCancel

  • Candy MillsSeptember 21, 2010 - 1:24 am

    Oh Becca – what a beautiful card! Love the colour you chose to stamp with. The Brocade background stamp is a winner as is the sentiment – one I have loved for years. All of your SB layers are gorgeous.
    Hugs, CandyReplyCancel

  • Angelina WesselsSeptember 21, 2010 - 2:44 am

    What stunning colors together and such a beautiful card. I love to be with creative with background stamps. Designer paper is more simple, but at times, I believe it competes with the stamp images that I am using. Keep providing inspiring work!ReplyCancel

  • CorinneSeptember 21, 2010 - 3:04 am

    elle est splendide!!très raffinée
    bises de la FranceReplyCancel

  • Jessica MooreSeptember 21, 2010 - 4:14 am

    This is gorgeous, I love every element and of course the color is stunning!ReplyCancel

  • LindaSeptember 21, 2010 - 5:11 am

    I really like your cards. I scrolled down through quite a few.

    Thanks so much for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn ClarkSeptember 21, 2010 - 5:46 am

    Beautiful. TFS. God bless and have a great day.ReplyCancel

  • JeanSeptember 21, 2010 - 6:15 am

    I love your card. I love your choice of color and as always you have such wonderful designed cards!ReplyCancel

  • Marlene IacuzziSeptember 21, 2010 - 8:43 am

    Thank you, again for another beauty. Can you share where you found the little bottom stopper on the hat pin? I can find the long stalk part in the jewelry section of craft stores, but never the end piece. I would love to add some of these pretty hat pin decorations to my cards. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Sabrina aka okimom2girlzSeptember 21, 2010 - 8:51 am

    Becca, Becca, Becca, oh my goodness, this is so gorgeous!!! The colors are amazing……it looks so rich with this yummolicious ribbon!! Love it! Hugs and blessings, SabrinaReplyCancel

  • JessicaSeptember 21, 2010 - 9:16 am

    Hi Becca! You’ve done it again! What a beautiful card! I always love using different shades of the same color on my cards. You neer have to worry about the colors matching! Thanks for sharing. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent with us.ReplyCancel

  • ConniecrafterSeptember 21, 2010 - 9:32 am

    Lovely, that blue against the tan is gorgeous and love that pin and gem!ReplyCancel

  • Clare CurcioSeptember 21, 2010 - 9:43 am

    Becca, you don’t need no stinking background paper! This is so gorgeous! I don’t know how you do it! I do, but I mean that I can’t think up designs! My mind goes blank when I have a card to do! What a talent you have!ReplyCancel

  • Sue NelsonSeptember 21, 2010 - 11:36 am

    I really love your work. I wish you would give a tutorial on how to tie bows … they reall put your cards over the top … and I’m a lousy bow tier!ReplyCancel

  • MarcieSeptember 21, 2010 - 12:11 pm

    Hi Becca,
    I’m a day late in responding to this. Had the twins all day yesterday. They are mobile now and I am sure each have eight hands apiece. Fun as it might be, twins are quite a handful. My husband and I are really enjoying it thou.
    Glad your back and with such a lovely card. Love the rich blue.

  • Bev J.September 21, 2010 - 1:41 pm

    Love the pretty denim ink and the cardstock together-gorgeous card.ReplyCancel

  • paulaSeptember 21, 2010 - 2:15 pm

    Gorgeous colours and stunning background Bekka.

    Paula x x xReplyCancel

  • JanSeptember 22, 2010 - 4:44 pm

    Beautiful! I love this stamp.ReplyCancel