Card: Playing With Background Stamps

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I have some really pretty background stamps so I thought I would play a bit with those, but rather than using them simply as backgrounds, I chose to make some custom patterned cardstock to then die cut and create with. Using this technique I was able to create a couple of unique cards. Here is how I did it...

Using my background stamps I stamped a sheet of cardstock using four different coordinating colors. The background stamp I happened to use for this project is a CTMH stamp set D1750, but you can use whatever background stamps you have in your stash. I didn't use all the pieces I stamped, but saved the extras for future cards.

Next I used a Stamping' Up bird punch to cut out some birds and branches. I used my Tombow pens to color in the bird's beak and my black Gelly Roll Glaze pen to make the bird an eye (the glaze pen adds a bit of dimension, too.)

The card bases are an 8.5" x 11" sheet of craft paper (cut down the middle). For my accent paper I chose a sheet of printed paper from CTMH. I had intended to use the white leafy side (see picture), but found the birds got lost in it. Luckily, the other side of this paper is a nice neutral coordinating green pattern, so I used that side once I started the card assembly instead of the busy side.

Next step was to add a sentiment. I stamped my sentiments onto some scrap craft paper pieces using VersaMark and black embossing powder. After stamping the sentiments I die cut one of them using my stitched oval die in my Cricut Cuttlebug and then hand cut the other sentiment using scissors.

Next I simply assembled all the components. I used foam tape under the sentiments to give the cards some added dimension.

Although I don't have a "step-by-step" for these next two cards, I want to share them with you anyway. I was so busy creating them, I forgot to take pictures as I went along, but here are the completed cards.

For this card I used a paisley background stamp. I stamped a piece of watercolor paper using VersaMark ink and then heat embossed it using black embossing powder. After brushing the embossed watercolor paper with clear water I dropped in some pearlescent watercolor paint to add a subtle amount of color. I then trimmed down the watercolor paper to 3.75" x 5" and adhered it to a 4" x 5.25" piece of black cardstock. I then attached the black cardstock to a piece of folded coordinating blue cardstock (the card base) cut to 4.25" x 11". Using foam tape I attached a heat embossed sentiment (using VersaMark and white embossing powder) and some embellishment drops. I used the background stamp to also stamp the envelope flap. The photo doesn't pick up the pearlescent shimmer very well, but it is very elegant in person. 

Lastly, I want to share this card with you. I know it doesn't fit today's them of "background" stamps, but I thought it was a cute card and hope you enjoy it, too. I made this card for my sweet little granddaughter who caught a virus and had to stay home sick for a few days (she is doing better now). I used my Cricut Explore Air to cut out the duck shapes. This card required me to cut out numerous duck layers, and glue them together, in order to create a card that opens up with the "Get Well" sentiment on the inside. The cute thing about this card is that he stands up by himself, so he doubles as a sort of "paper doll" for her to play with.

I hope you enjoyed today's blog. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the comment section below. I love hearing from you.

Happy Paper Crafting,