Random pattern backgrounds will add interest to your cards and can be just the right touch to highlight your main focal image. My black and white base sets off the colorful flowers and foliage and the random polka dots creates another element of interest for this simple card layout. For this project I used the Rubbernecker Not So Many Random Dots. Rubbernecker also has a background called Lots of Random Dots with a more dense pattern that would have been pretty on this card as well. My flower arrangement was made using the Mixable Flower Stack 5109, Small Flowers #1, Tiny Flower Buds and Large Ivy. The decorative layer was made using Borders #3.
The Random Pattern Background
- Secure the background stamp and white cardstock in the MISTI.
- Apply Nocturne ink to the stamp and stamp the cardstock.
- Apply super fine clear embossing powder to the cardstock and heat it with heat gun. Note: the Versafine Clair inks can be used with embossing powder but I find you need to move fairly quick before it dries. Embossing with clear powder makes the black dots more pronounced. You can also use black embossing powder but I find it harder to use since it sticks to the cardstock even when using a embossing magic bag.
- Cut the cardstock to 5.25″ x 4.00″.
The Decorative Layer
- Cut pieces of white and black cardstock 5.25″ x 2.50″.
- Use the eyelet die from the Borders #3 set to cut the white piece and the stitched die from the set to cut the black piece.
- Attach the pieces together using ATG adhesive.
- Apply ATG adhesive to the back of the decorative layer and attach it to the pattern background layer.
- Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the two layers and attach to the white A2 sized card base.
- Use hot press watercolor paper to cut the flowers and brown cardstock to cut the tiny flower buds.
- Squish the Citrus and Pumpkin ink pads on a palette and use the inks to watercolor the flowers.
- Lightly mist the images with water to prepare for coloring.
- Use a water brush to paint the flower sections and heat set.
- Form the flowers using a round stylus and molding pad.
- Attach the flower sections together using small pieces of mounting tape. Note: I usually attach flower sections together using glossy accents but I wanted these layers to have more separation.
- Form the tiny flower buds to the flower center using glossy accents.
- Check out my Flower Shaping Video Tutorials to see how I form my flowers.
The Ivy Branches
- Use hot press watercolor paper to cut the ivy sections.
- Lightly mist the ivy sections with water.
- Squish the Fern and Juniper ink pads on a palette.
- Watercolor the ivy sections using a light layer Fern ink. and add darker shading using the Juniper ink.
- Heat dry the ivy sections.
- Place the ivy sections face up on the molding pad and form the leaves using the leaf tool.
Arrange the Flowers and Ivy
- Attach the the large flower to the card base using glossy accents.
- Tuck the ivy sections under the flower and attach using glossy accents.
- Use glossy accents to attach the small flowers to the ivy.
Clean and simple cards can be enhanced using random pattern backgrounds. I love how my black and white card base allowed my flowers and foliage to pop. Check out my Dimensional Paper Flowers card to see the same flower color combination but on a all white card base. You can see lot of inspiration for random pattern cards on Pinterest. I appreciate you coming by and I hope you have an enjoyable day.
Here are the Rubbernecker products used for this card.
Here are the other tools and supplies used.