My background was made with a piece of mixed media cardstock roughly painted first with gesso and, when it was dry, with the blue acrylic paint. I tried stamping some small text in grey but it faded into the blue paint.
I then took my TCW "Rustic Paint" stencil (as its name seemed totally appropriate for the challenge - it is the third way of using "paint"!) and went over some random sections of it with Dreamweaver embossing paste.
When dry, I watered down a bit of black ink and splattered it with a brush. Like my attempt to stamp some text on the acrylic paint, it too faded into the blue. But I'm fine with the subtle splatter. Because of that fading, I used a rub-on sentiment to avoid having a stamped sentiment fade.
The Happy Little Stampers butterfly is stamped on watercolour paper and then coloured with Inktense watercolour pencils. It's then die cut with the matching die and slightly curved and stuck on with foam tape under the wing. I added a few sequins for a bit of sparkle.
I stepped outside of my comfort zone and put the black cardstock layer on an angle to the main panel - it just looked better that way (which is not something I would usually decide!)
Thanks for looking - we'd love to have you join us at Happy Little Stampers!