It is time for a new challenge at Simon Says Stamp, the challenge is to make your own background. I really love making my own backgrounds and I rarely use patterned paper.
For the background, I misted some Luminarte Primary Elements diluted with water and gum arabic (binder) on a piece of heavy watercolour paper. Then, I used a Tim Holtz's stencil and I painted the rays with gold acrylic paint.
Since I wanted to create some texture and dimension, I took Golden bead gel, I aligned the stencil on the cardstock where I had painted the golden rays, I used a palette knife and I layered some bead gel.
I let the bead gel dry overnight.
Then, I applied the images with foam tape to give even more dimension to the card. All the images are heat embossed.