Thursday, May 29, 2014

Shaded Background Technique

this is my first time joining the Retro Sketches challenge. I really liked this sketch idea and decided to just go for it! 

The circle made me think about doing a shaded background with a stamp image in silhouette over it. First I used my Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge to cut a circle and use it as a stencil. I made sure to keep a nice border around the circle to protect my card front. Next I positioned the stencil on my card front. I used three colors of ink to shade the background. I started with the lightest color in the center. I gently in the center to keep it fairly bright. Then I added the other two colors moving towards the circles edge. TIP: when sponging at the outer edges, move the sponge from the circle onto the stencil to get a crisp edge as seen here. For a softer edge, move the sponge from the stencil into the circle.

 5.5" x 4.25" side fold card  

After I finished the shaded background I stamped the balloon in black to create a silhouette and let the color come through. Adding some sparkles finished off the look! 

I had a lot of fun doing this challenge and plan to do more!

All products are Close To My Heart:
--Give a Lift stamp set
--White Daisy cardstock
--Cricut Art Philosoph cartridge
--Inks-Black, Sky, Crystal Blue, Gypsy
--Blue Epoxy Bubbles
--Purple Glitter Gems
--Black Small Flourishes
--Bitty Sparkles

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Have a great day!


  1. Love your blue circle and how the balloon image extends beyond it.

    1. Thanks! I'm really pleased with it myself.