(Something goofy happened with Blogger Scheduling. This was Friday's post, and the Final Card post was supposed to be Saturday. Sigh. I tried.)
Here's my second card with the no-longer-neglected striped background from Hero Arts. As you can see, I just used a small part of the whole. This is in many ways my favorite way to use background stamps, which sometimes get a bit too busy for my clean-and-simple style.
The flower is from a Hero Arts clear set, and the sentiment is also by Hero but is from a wood-mounted set. Inks are Memento, and paper is SU's pretty in pink and chocolate chip, and PTI's white. Of course.
When I cut the stamped panel, I used my craft knife to cut a curve following the flower stem so it bulges a bit from the rectangle. That helps bring some attention to the flower even though it's stamped in pale colors.
Simplicity Tip: When using stripes, pay attention to what is on the edges of your piece. Having one end cut on a white stripe and the other on a green would look a bit off. Cut so the end stripes are even in width, or at least the same color, so the eye isn't distracted by unbalance.