Over at Online Card Classes there is a class called Stretch Your Stamps 2. It is a class designed to help us stampers use our stamps more creatively to get more mileage out of the stamps.
The first two days of class focus on background stamps. I dug out my old Hero Arts Merry background stamp to create this card:
I thought the picture above would show you better what I did. I heat embossed this image with clear embossing powder on both a red and a green cardstock, then I die cut out the tree from both of them in the same position of the stamp. I put the green tree into the negative piece of the red embossed panel. The two pieces fit together perfectly to form a flat piece. I used the My Favorite Things Blueprints die 15 to create the tip topped panel, added the pennants with glitter paper, and a star to finish off the card.
From far away this card looks very plain and simple but when you look closely you see how fun it is to have a die cut inlay in a big background. :)
Now let's see the card in its upright position. You can still see that the letters align perfectly well:
My card is linking up to the following:
Creative Card Crew - Christmas
Stamps and Fun - Christmas in summer
Christmas cards all year round - Sparkle and Shine
CHNC Challenge extra - Christmas
CHNC - reach for the stars
Sparkles Monthly Challenges - Christmas in July
Thanks for stopping by!