The backgrounds for each card were made differently- for the friends forever card, I used a background stamp from IO (Balzer Designs) with versa mark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder on patterned paper. Using this as a resist I inked with blue and green Distress inks.
Using the fresh brewed die I die cut the coffee cup from a previous background I made with the same colors of distress- using the layering stencil mono print technique. The sleeve and cover were cut from DCWV white woven paper and inked.
The friends forever sentiment is from Tim's new Sizzix thinlints "love".
A touch of frayed burlap was added under the cup for added texture- just love how the burlap looks!
The second card's color scheme was more muted- browns, orange, yellows and black. The background here was a layering stencil monoprint with distress ink. Using Tim's splatter stencil I added a touch of Wendi Vecchi's black embossing paste to the corners. Such cool texture and looks like spilt coffee grounds. In the case the burlap serves as the backdrop for the sentiment - from chit chat phrases be fearless, embrace the journey.
I could play with this die all day!! Just love it. I will be entering these cards into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge No Rules which you can join in here.