I created these backgrounds last week. I started with some watercolour/plastic wrap pieces that I created a while ago and was motivated to add some clear embossing to them. I chose a solid petals background stamp which I stamped in clear ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. It was interesting how the paint was affected by the embossing - seems to have altered the colour below the embossed areas. Next, I added some stamping - a script stamp in a coordinating colour and a little postage cancellation from the same set.
I needed two special cards this week so I used them to create what I needed. For the left hand card, I adhered the background to a red card front, added a fun polka dot ribbon across the front and added a layered round greeting when I tied a short piece to it to simulate a bow. The little greeting started with a round tag (CB), next a 1 1/8" vellum circle and finally a round stamped greeting (SU). I simply included the hanging cord in the single knot of the "bow". The focal element is a laser printed digital image from Melonheadz of a cupcake with a star. I watercoloured the image and then followed that up with shimmery paint for a very elegant finished piece. Once dry, I layered it onto yellow card stock and mounted it over the ribbon using 3D foam tape.
For my second card, I adhered the background to a green card front, added a gros grain ribbon gluing the ends to the inside and then mounted my focal element using 3D foam tape. The fish image is one I got in a swap! I coloured it with shimmery paints and watercolour. I added the background just using my paint brush to add the details. The image was layered onto brown before being mounted to my card. I added a laser printed layered punchie greeting on the lower left.