Background stamps are such a great tool in your arsenal. When I first saw these bricks from Hanna Stamps I began to immediately formulate how to color them.
What was less obvious was what sentiment I would use on a card with them. I kept thinking of 'hitting a brick wall' (encouragement). Or 'it hit me like a ton of bricks' (love). But then suddenly inspiration hit — and I made this shopping-themed card with my own custom sentiment:
And I used these papers from Graphic 45 Transatlantique collection to make a card about shopping in NYC. That shopping trip is put off until Fall / kids back in school. But it's on the calendar! One of the benefits of living in Connecticut is that NYC is 2 hours away and that NYC is 2 hours away, if you get my meaning. LOL!
So back to the bricks, before the NYC girls start hurling them at me. First and foremost – I'm creating a background; but one I will be cutting out. So I don't care if my work goes over the lines.
I used R24 to color the background. I went back and forth rather quickly, rather than the usual smooth circles. I wanted some texture.
Next, I took my Colorless Blender (0) and dragged it across each brick to create a mottled look.
Then, I took R46 and 'flick feathered' it from the right side of each brick towards the center.
Followed by R59 in a similar stroke from right to left on each brick.
The image was then cut out, and I ran a colorless blender pen (0) with a ruler along the 'mortar' of each rose of bricks.
Do you have any ideas you'd like to share for using this brick stamp? Post a comment here, and I'll decide a winner by Friday for this *other* cute background stamp by Hanna Stamps — the wood flooring. It would work for flooring, a dock, siding on a house — very versatile.
Ms. On the Go stamp set from CTMH
- Brick Wall from Hanna Stamps
- Transatlantique paper collection from Graphic 45
- Old Lace Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels
R24, R46, R59 (brick wall, blouse, misc packages)
YG03, YG63 (pants, misc packages)
R81, R83, R85 (packages)
C3, E17, E29 (hair)
E00, E01, E21, R81 (skin)