Monday, June 13, 2011

H2H Challenge: From Our Heart to Yours- Creating Backgrounds for Father's Day

This week's Heart to Heart Challenge is from our heart to yours, just in time for your Father's Day projects: creating backgrounds especially for dads! Please go to the H2H blog to check out all the fabulous creations of the other design team members, and be sure to link up your creation there too!

My faux postage background was fun to make. I started with the Postcard- Travel Series stamp set, which is perfect for my travel-loving Dad. (My parents' blog is the Traveling Bells!) You wouldn't necessarily have to use a postage stamp set to recreate this look. You could use any square or rectangular stamped stamps, or you could pierce your grid first and then stamp inside the squares.

My color combo came from CTMH founder and president, Jeanette Lynton, and her fabulous blog (that you can access HERE). She ran a "Color Me Monday" series for a long, long time, and I went back through her Color Me Monday posts until I found a combo that I liked for my Dad. (You can see her post about this combo HERE.) Aren't Cocoa, Twilight, Garden Green, and Smokey Plum a great combo?

To create the card background, I placed the un-inked stamps on my cardstock piece. Four across fit perfectly! I chose a stamp for each color and then stamped them. Since CTMH's stamps are clear, it was easy to line them up. I chose four different stamps for the next row and mixed the colors around a bit. The third row used the horizontal stamps, and then I finished with the first row repeated in a different order. My main piece was a little long, so I just trimmed it off at the bottom. To continue the look of postage, I used my paper piercer to prick holes between all the stamps. I love how that turned out!

To finish the card, I stamped the circle tag and sentiments from the Tag the Occasion stamp set. I had to pierce the tag "stitches" to coordinate with my background. A piece of jute finished off the bottom. Dad seemed to appreciate his card last night at our early Father's Day dinner. I sure do appreciate my Dad! He's the best!

Remember, you can see more artwork and learn a few new techniques at the H2H blog. If you link up your creation, you might win a prize! We've got two great sponsors this month, Michelle and Romaine, so go say hi (and tell them I sent you)! Happy (early) Father's Day!


  1. OMG Haley, I have this stamp set and I never thought to make a background with all the stamps. This is very cool. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. What an awesome background, Haley! Really great colour combo, too :o)

  3. Love the stamps all lined up this way but the piercings REALLY make it awesome. (and that isn't something I'd say often - only about paper!)
    Great card!

  4. Haley, this looks fantastic! I love it with the colours, the stamps ( and now I have to look for those piercings!)

  5. Haley -

    Hands down the very best use of this stamp set I've ever seen! Wowzer - I absolutely LOVE it!


  6. Dad's card is awesome, honey! That 'stitching' really makes it POP. Thanks for being such a great daughter...xo

  7. OMGSH, Haley...LOVE this card!!! I might just have to steal The BIG day is Sunday, June 26th (our 13th dating for should be FUN!

  8. Haley, this is wonderful!! A perfect use for this stamp set!!

  9. Love this random stamped paper Haley! It's better than background paper, it's a feature paper:) The color combo is fabulous too. Now I want this stamp set.

  10. What a FANTASTIC job you have done with this stamp set Haley!! I have had this stamp set for so long and have always been unsure of how to use it, lol. You have used it so well and I LOVE your color combo too! Thanks for inspiring me with your creativity!!

  11. What a fantastic card! Great card design. I can see why your father liked it.


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