Yes it's time to start thinking about stirring the pudding and making the cards. Christmas is on it's way. I think it's fun to play around with different ideas for cards before deciding on one or two designs that I want to use and this year I can sell these trial cards to raise money for Cancer Research. I'm taking part in the Relay for Life on 24th September as part of a large team of teachers from school.
For the first trial idea I used the free stamp with the October issue of Craft Stamper Magazine which is a grunge star. I used a white card blank and made masks of the image then double and single stamped with blue StazOn to give variety. I used silver embossing powder to add more stars to finish the background and die cut the sentiment using the Cricut and Gypsy Wanderings font.
I like the fun, modern feel this effect has and as an alternative to the more traditional colours and images, I think it's definitely got potential and I love having a go at making my own backgrounds. There will be more trial and error cards to come but in the meantime why not have a go at creating your own background papers or card blanks.