"I love patterened paper very much but it is far too easy to whack on cards etc. So for my theme, I want to see handmade backgrounds. Get those fingers inky & painted & make a custom piece of paper/card for your design"
I am in my element with this - I love messy. Cut flowers from white linen cardstock in various shapes and sizes with Cricut George and Basic Shapes. Stuck them down with repositionable glue. Using Hero Arts Friends Background and Versamark ink stamped all round the flowers and then embossed with white. With the flowers still in place I inked all over the flowers and embossing with Pink and then removed the flowers. Using kitchen roll buffed the embossed wording to remove any excess ink and the white really shows through. Then stamped with a flourish stamp from HOTP with a light charcoal ink pad. I then stuck the flowers down but a little offset from their original position, punched circles for their centres from cardstock I inked with Ruby. To finish off edged the card with the same inkpad. Really enjoyed this challenge. Sorry about the photo - I think a little bit of glare from the flash.