Sometimes a background stamp is so beautiful that it becomes the focal point. That's what happened when I started playing with this Japanese lantern background stamp from Hero Arts. After stamping it on a "leftover" from my background class a couple of months ago, I started to play with colored pencils, Stickles and washi tape from MME. When I tried to layer other images or paper on top, I just couldn't. Finally it dawned on me that the background could stand on its own. So I got some vellum and stamped a great sentiment from Paper Smooches and layered it on top. I added some wsshi tape and decided that this would be fun card for my July class.
Here is the version that I will be using in the class. I used the Tim Holtz Spring Collection of Distress Inks to make the background. I like both cards but I think the lanterns seem to "glow" more in the second card. What do you think?