Using Bright Cardstock as a Background | Missy Whidden

Hey, friends!  It’s Missy again here on the blog, and I have a new layout to share using the 2017 May Hip Kits.  I decided to use a really bright sheet of the Begonia cardstock from the Cardstock Kit as my background.  I wanted to create a circle design, so I used four different sized circle punches to create all these fun circles.  Most of them are patterned papers.  Some of them are from a sheet of white cardstock that I painted with the Prima Watercolor Confections from the Color Kit.  I love how colorful and fun it looks, and it was fun to put together.

Here you can see all the circles.  I stitched through the biggest ones with black thread.  I covered a big portion of the background with white gesso and then added in some of the Prima Watercolors using the packaging technique.  I love how it shows through all the circles.  This is a fun technique to try if you love messy & artsy backgrounds like I do 🙂  I added a few phrase stickers from the Shimelle Sticker Book, which is in the Project Life Kit.

I didn’t want to add too many embellishments since the background and circles were so bold.  I only added a Crate Paper Chipboard heart, a Shimelle “Love” sticker and a scalloped puffy sticker from the exclusive set.  My title is also an exclusive die cut.

I added in some black tangled thread for some added texture under the photo strip as well as some of the Butter cardstock, vellum and adhesive foam.  I forgot to mention that a few of the circles, like this swirly one, were punched from a Project Life card.

Here’s the top of the photo strip.  More of the same circles, stickers and thread. I just love all these bright colors together!  I did add some black splatters to pull some of the black from the photos and circles.

I added a bit of journaling down at the bottom under the title.  Before gluing down the title piece, I added some pink tangled thread and some foam for dimension.

I hope this inspires you to pull out some of that bright cardstock and make something fun with it!  This one was a bold choice, but in the end, I like how it turned out.  Here’s my process video if you’d like to check it out:

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a great week!

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