Although I love creating my own background designs, sometimes it is nice to have a background stamp that does the hard work for you, and this one by Impression Obsession called "Cover-a card Gradation" from The Foiled Fox is just lovely. The clue is in the title in that it is such a big stamp (5.75 " x 5.75") it does indeed cover the whole card all in one go so no horrid line breaks and trying to match up edges of stamps to get a repeat pattern.
The design does remind me a little bit of snakeskin, I really love it.
I've stamped it in Adirondack ink in Pebble, a sort of grey/green colour. The additional edge stamp is from the stripe builder stamp set by Concord and 9th from the Foiled Fox.
And because the stamp is so big I also made a matching envelope. I used a template and stamped each corner of the envelope before scoring and folding it to ensure it was stamped perfectly.
One of my New Year's resolutions is to use long forgotten embellishments buried in my craft stash, and so I dug out some eyelets, definitely underrated by me and underused, so glad to have found them again.
Anyway, there are lots of gorgeous background stamps at The Foiled Fox so get on over there and take a peek! See you soon x