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Creating Backgrounds with Digital Stamps
- Botanical Friendship Card -

Digital stamps can be used in so many ways! Today I used an image from my new stamp set Hope to create a lace motif background for my card front and even a coordinating layer for the inside of the card.

Main Supplies:
Stamps - Hope digital stamp set, Love digital stamp set by Graciellie Design
Dies - Spellbinders: A2 Matting Basics A, Victoria Accents, Butterflies 2 / Cheery Lynn Designs: English Tea Party Doily / Poppystamps: Holiday Winterberries / Memory Box: Botanical Stem / Heartfelt Creations: Botanical Wings
Frantage Embossing Enamel in Shabby Pink
Miscelaneous - Inkjet printer / Fused Pearl beads / Pearl stamens / Leather textured cardstock in white, cream, light brown / Embossed paper in green / Air dry clay heart / Pearl stickers / Gold button / Ink applicator / Brown inks / Acrylic paint / Brush

Update: You can edit this background using the online program PicMonkey ("add your own overlay"). You can also recolor and resize the background's format on Microsoft Word.

The classic background that resulted from duplicating the lace motif and editing it's color guided me towards a vintage / shabby chic design in green, brown and touches of pink. I created a cluster with flowers, butterflies and many different die cuts and embellishments to add dimension to the design. The printed verse stamp from the set Love -cut into a banner- finished the card so nicely, making it a perfect card for a friend not only on Valentine's but on any occasion.

That pretty heart embellishment was actually created from air dry clay that I cut with a heart shaped cookie cutter, then textured with a pattern stamp and finally heat embossed using some Frantage Embossing Enamel. Like I said in my last post there is virtually no limits when it comes to creating your own embellishments. If you want to learn a few of my go to techniques on embellishments and mixed media click here.

Do you craft your own embellishments? What do you love to make? Tell me in a comment below.

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Sharing with: Live & Love Crafts - Love is in the Air / Mod Squad Challenge - From the Heart / Word Art Wednesday - AG / SSS Monday Challenge - Spritz and Spray / Double D Challenges - Pretty Pink Hearts / Docerela - Pastel Colors / Simply Create Too - Love & Valentines / C.R.A.F.T. - Make your own embellishment / Aud Sentiments - Love Sentiment / Cards 4 Galz - Fantastic Florals / Double D Challenges - Pretty Pink Hearts / In the Pink - With Love / The Paper Girls - Valentines - Love / Crafty Ribbons - Animals / The Card Concept - Sweethearts / Poppystamps - Crazy in Love / Memory Box - Tickled Pink, Pink cards / Dies R Us - Love / Cheery Lynn Designs - Tickled Pink


  1. This is absolutely stunning, Gracie!! The background looks amazing!! I love the layers and the embellishments you used!! What a gorgeous card this is!! Wow!! I love, love it!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  2. I so love your BEAUTIFUL new stamps and have purchased these. Just can't wait to play with them! Thanks for the inspiration Gracie!:)

  3. WOW! Another STUNNING creation Gracie! Your images/papers are magnificent and your design style is so elegant! GORGEOUS!! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at Double D Challenges! We hope you’ll come back often.


  4. Oh Gracie, my darling friend, this is breathtakingly beautiful! Not only are your stamps perfection, but I am so inspired by the ways in which you use them. The background is stunning and your design is sheer elegance. Stunning as always, sweet friend. Your work is a gift! :o) I love that we are frantage-heart twins today. Also, of course you can share my card with your stamp! I loved using it and am excited to use more of your heartfelt creations. Wishing you a beautiful weekend, my treasured friend!

    Hugs and blessings,

  5. What a stunning design, Gracie - I love the eclectic mix of embellishments and fab colour choice. Thanx for sharing with us at Cardz 4 Galz.
    Hugz, Jan (DT) xx

  6. This is stunning Gracie! Like how you changed the color of the image and your beautiful embellishing!

  7. Absolutely GORGEOUS! I am always amazed at every element you put on your creations, so perfect, so beautiful, they are all just works of ART...especially when you start with your own glorious!!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Mod Squad Challenge Donna, Challenge Host.

  8. I'm back again to thank you for entering this GORGEOUS creation into our LOVE challenge at Dies R Us!
    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)

  9. Gracie, the background is super but the FranTage heart and stems along with the butterfly and other beautiful embellishments are outstanding. Thank you so much for joining our 219th challenge at Word Art Wednesday this next fortnight. Your creation is inspiring, beautiful and very much appreciated. Blessings, Carole

  10. Such beautiful detail and love the layering of dies and added embellishments. Thanks for joining TCC

  11. This is beautiful! I pinned.

  12. Wow - this is so fabulous! I adore the clustering of your embellies! Thanks for joining in at the DD!

  13. Gorgeous card, Gracie! I love when you show up for my comments at Dies R Us! There are so many wonderful details and texture. Thanks for joining the Dies R Us February, "Love" Challenge.

  14. This is absolutely breathtaking!! The cluster of embellishments are perfect, very eyecatching, without being overpowering :) Thanks for joining us at CRAFT Challenge this week!
    Susan DT

  15. Such a beauty of a card. Love your collage of elements. Thanks for joining us over at The Card Concept!

  16. Such fun colors and spray technique! So many fun embellishments too. Thank you so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog this week :)

  17. This is simply beautiful. All of the layers are wonderful.

  18. Hi Gracie!
    I absolutely LOVE your sweet project, and I couldn't be happier than to have you stop by and share your artistic talents with us. I'm so grateful to have you play along in our challenges. Please stop by again soon, and I will look forward to visiting your blog again to see your next work of art. You are always most welcome to join the fun!
    Karen Letchworth
    Word Art Wednesday

  19. Oh Gracie, you've really made me rethink digital imagery entirely with this fabulous line and your exquisite samples! I don't have Photoshop, but wish I could edit the colors and layer like this with Paint program. This is fantastic! Love the green!!!

  20. Wow your card is beautiful. I love all the details. Soft colors and layout. Thanks for sharing over at Aud Sentiments.

  21. This is so beautiful! I love how you combined all the elements flawlessly. Thanks so much for joining us this week at CRAFT Challenge!

  22. Your card is a romantic beauty! Your combination of elements and their layering is amazing! Thanks for joining us at Poppystamps this month!

  23. A very pretty design and a gorgeous mix of my favourite vintage colours, beautiful. Thanks for joining in the challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs and good luck.
    Julie x

  24. This is really a stunning card! Full of details and beauty; every time I look at it, I see something new. Thank you for taking part in the Docerela Challenge. I hope you come back with other projects! :)

  25. Beautiful card! Thanks so much for participating in the Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge this week and good luck.

  26. A very beautiful and elegant card. Thanks for joining the Cheery Lynn Designs challenge. Best of luck to you.

  27. Gorgeous card. Love how you embellished it. Thanks for joining the In The Pink challenge this time. Hope to see you again.

    Hugs, Vannessa
    In The Pink DT

  28. Gorgeous as always Gracie! Thanks for joining in the challege at Cheery Lynn Designs and good luck in the draw.

  29. WOW!!! What a stunning card. I love it. Thank you for joining us at Docerela Creations.
    Good Luck!
    Tânia (Docerela Dt member)

  30. Congrats on your win at Cheery Lynn. Love the added beads.

  31. Amazing card
    Thanks for playing along with us at Poppystamps!

  32. Gorgeous card Gracie, love your beautiful floral arrangement.
    Thanks for joining us over on Poppystamps blog.
    Pam x

  33. Wow, this is a gorgeous cluster of beautiful die cuts , Gracie! Thanks for joining us in the Poppystamps Challenge

  34. Gracie this is drop dead gorgeous as always! I love your stamps too - they are stunning!

  35. Hi Gracie,
    Didn't know you're also designing stamps; I noticed it some time ago when I visited Karen's blog. The flowers are beautiful and perfect as background images. Beautiful card with lovely textures. Thanks so much for joining LLC for last month's challenge (and apologies for my late visit).

    Hugz, Sandy
    Owner & Operator @Live & Love Crafts


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