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Background Dissection

Background Dissection

Hi All,

There are a many background stamps that have lots of crowded objects, like flowers, shapes, curves, and in this case, circles. I thought it would be fun to “dissect” it into its individual parts. I used a black marker to add some shading so that you could see the layering.

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I’ll be back Thursday to launch the December Challenge!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Zig markers used: Violet, Turquoise Green, Black

SSS Circle Doodle
SSS Circle Doodle
Kuretake Zig Markers
Kuretake Zig Markers
Avery Elle All Squared Up
Avery Elle All Squared Up
Silver Embossing Powder
Silver Embossing Powder
Ranger Artist Brushes
Ranger Artist Brushes
1 3/8 in Circle Punch
1 3/8 in Circle Punch
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Hero Hues Black
Hero Hues Black
Canson Mix Media Paper
Canson Mix Media Paper
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on November 29th, 2016 at 6:05 am


    What a surprise to have a video today instead of tomorrow. I love this doodle background stamp. Maybe SSS will get them back in stock soon for all of us who would like to get one.. This card was very unique, as usual. Thanks as always for consistently giving us another clever technique to try.

  2. wrote on November 29th, 2016 at 1:35 pm


    That looks fabulous! I really love the depth of the image you created. I am going to have to add that stamp to my wish list, so I can play with it!

  3. wrote on November 29th, 2016 at 1:40 pm


    I hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving! I love the colors in this card, it turned out beautifully! Thanks, Darlene!

  4. wrote on November 29th, 2016 at 1:48 pm


    I really like the graphic nature of this card, specially love the shadows you added at the end, the colors combine perfectly.
    Thank you for sharing.

  5. wrote on November 29th, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Lynda Miller

    I like that you usually have a technique in each video rather than just featuring a stamp or stamp set. Beautiful effect on this card. I may attempt it. Thanks.

  6. wrote on November 29th, 2016 at 2:35 pm


    You never fail to WOW me, thus card is different and amazing. Love the colours and I’m going to try it with a flower background stamp I have. Thanks for the inspiration.

  7. wrote on November 29th, 2016 at 3:01 pm


    The silver was pretty on its own, but then you added turquoise and violet, and then the black shading. Fantastic. Like the depth and dimension.

  8. wrote on November 29th, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Jenny Chilton

    I love this card Darlene. I am very partial to those colours too. A great technique. I am going to have to go through my stamp sets and see if there are any I can simulate. Thanks for sharing.

  9. wrote on November 29th, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Carol Mac

    Yay! I love when you use your zig markers…another great idea! Thanks, Darlene!

  10. wrote on November 29th, 2016 at 5:46 pm


    Wow. Loved that technique. That stamp is on my list. Thanks for sharing.

  11. wrote on November 29th, 2016 at 10:28 pm


    What a great card. I must give that technique a try!

  12. wrote on November 30th, 2016 at 5:17 am


    Very original idea Darlene. So clever, as usual!

  13. wrote on November 30th, 2016 at 1:10 pm


    Another beauty Darlene! I had been sitting on the fence whether to order this background stamp or not, but your card has put it in the shopping cart when it becomes available! Thanks, so enjoy watching you create every week!

  14. wrote on November 30th, 2016 at 4:11 pm


    Love the bold colors in your card, Darlene! The shading really takes it up a notch, as well. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  15. wrote on November 30th, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Kylie Adams

    Love it!!

  16. wrote on November 30th, 2016 at 11:11 pm


    Wicked cool! And I have that stamp! I can’t wait to get my craft room all set up. Really pretty card Darlene!

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