Splitcoast hosts a technique challenge on Mondays and Joan Ervin suggested using silhouette stamps. Since I just got a package from 7kids with this great silhouette pine tree stamp, I had to join the challenge. But the bottom really reminded me of waves, so I pulled out a palm tree for the next card.
The background is direct to paper --- in other words, rubbing my stamp pad edge back and forth across the paper. The evergreen is a card for a dear friend; the palm tree is a sympathy card.
Here is a direct quote from Donna C but I love the sentiment and can't say it any better than she did ...
firstname.lastname@example.org----- Nothing on this blog is personally copyrighted. You can use anything you want and I don't care if you call it your own. Copy things exactly and say they were your idea. If I run into them on your blog, I will be thrilled to see that someone loved my idea enough to copy it. If I put it on the net, I don't consider it stealing for you to use it in anyway you want. Go for it and enjoy! That is what this hobby is all about.