I had a blast getting inky today ... when I saw this awesome Inspiration from the Inspired By Challenge, I knew immediately how I wanted to create my background (which I should have photographed before I covered most of it up). The technique is also perfect for the My Time to Craft Challenge to use an old book or newspaper.
I loved all of the little boxes of text, so I broke out my Vintage (circa 1943) Audel's Handy Book of Practical Electricity (all of the graphical drawings are great for guy cards) and started cutting pages into squares and rectangles & creating my collaged background.
Next I stamped the Hero Arts/Studio Calico Plano twice to pull some teal into the background like the inspiration image. After attaching to my card base, I added lots of distress ink around the edges. I also loved the little postage stamp image at the bottom left of the Inspiration Photo, so I rescued a Forever Stamp from a package I received in the mail (my sister-in-law always uses the funnest stamps).
Next I went searching for an umbrella image and found it in a discarded vintage children's book ... Big Max. I used my oval cutters and then added lots more distress ink. The sketch is from Hand Stamped Sentiments ... although my sentiments are actually a collection of Heidi Swapp Sentiment stickers, which had the perfect vintage feel for my design.