DIY Background, Let's Get Hopping #19

Is there anything more creatively satisfying than taking a plain sheet of paper and turning it into something special?  Today, the Let's Get Hopping team are inspiring you to rock your cardmaking tools to make your own DIY backgrounds.  I've chosen to get messy with Brusho colour crystals to create this watercolour washed effect.

I started with panel of Shimmery White cardstock, brushed it lightly with water in my aqua painter and haphazardly sprinkled on yellows, reds and orange crystals.  Then I blended the colours and as it was drying, added a few more sprinkles of colour, leaving them to create the splatter detail.

Once it was dry, I left it under heavy books for a day or so to flatten out.  Then I had to decide what stamps to pair it with!  I went for the Fairy Celebration imagery in the end.  I felt like the shimmery, whimsical background worked well with this playful Fairy theme.  What stamps would you pair with a background like this?

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Supplies Used
Stamps: Fairy Celebration
Card: Whisper White, Shimmery White, Daffodil Delight
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaMark
Accessories & Tools: Stampin Blends in Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Petal Pink and Pineapple Punch, Brusho Crystal Colour, Aqua Painter, Copper Embossing Powder, Heat Tool. 


  1. There is a lot of shimmer on this hop today. I love it! You created a gorgeous background, Jenn. I love your little fairy. It's such a lovely stamp.

  2. Wow Jenn, this background is stunning!! Perfect for a fairy

  3. Love Brusho's, and such a fitting background for your fairy! Lovely card!

  4. This is so pretty. I just love it!