Thursday, February 24, 2011

Gecko And Fish On Painted Background Cards

I'm Card Captain of the enjoyMichaelStrongstamps Yahoo Group for this week, so for 5 days I'll be showing you several works using Michael Strong's stamps.
I hope you'll find them inspiring.

Today's card #4 is a card with hand painted background and it's Technique Thursday.
I painted the background myself, using the technique shown at Michael Strong's tutorial.
I sure know how to paint, yet making my own background paper is fun and always gives surprising results.
Actually, I made 2 cards in similar colors but slightly different.

Red leather textured CS for the card's basis (card #1)
Black canvas textured CS for the card's basis (card #2)
Aqua leather textured CS
Black canvas textured CS for the background
Acrylic paint – I used white, red, light blue and silver
Brushes, 2 sizes
Silver CS
Michael Strong's Cloisonné Gecko Stamp (large)
Michael Strong's Cloisonné Fish Stamp (large)
White and silver EP
Morocco Lace Edger Punch by EK Success
Martha Stewart Gothic Arches Edger Punch
Red blings and white half pearls

The Gecko
I stamped Michael Strong's Cloisonné Gecko on black canvas textured CS, heat embossed it with silver EP and cut it out using TH scissors.
The Gecko was glued 3D with foam tape for extra dimension.

I did the same with the Fish, using aqua leather textured CS and white EP
I cut stripes of the painted background paper and glued them on the silver CS. I punched scraps of black canvas textured CS using the Morocco Lace Edger Punch by EK Success and the Martha Stewart Gothic Arches Edger Punch.
I glued it all to the card's basis, and added the stamped image on top of it.
I also added a few red blings and white half pearls for some glam.

(You can enlarge each photo by clicking on it)
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed. Have a creative day! Dorly


  1. Great use of these cards Dorly! RosieG(gramig05)

  2. Dorly, I love these cards...especially the fish! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Dorly,I have been thoroughly enjoying your cards all week. The backgrounds & edging on them is most interesting. The way you used your hand made background today is spectacular.
    Thanks for sharing your talens.
    mary l.

  4. Fabulous, wonderful, gorgeous, absolutely spectacular cards!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE THEM!!

  5. Opps, Talents not talens. (which sounds like talons) & I'm sure you keep those retracted. ;^) lol.
    Still love your creative touch.
    mary l.

  6. WOW I really like the look of the background with the stamp -- it all goes so well together!


  7. Both cards are stunning Dorly - love the backgrounds too - the way you design the cards is inspirational hugs Leo

  8. Dorly, your artwork is absolutely gorgeously beautifully executed. Thanks for the inspiration. Love, Audrey

  9. Beautifully done Dorly...both cards are winners!
    Jan Castle

  10. wow-these cards have great backgrounds-love the painting you did on them


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