Hey, glad you’re here for the final day of my Mini Series about stretching your background stamps. If you missed the first two days, you can find them here and here. This last technique is becoming my new favorite, and I can’t wait to share it with you.
I used my Mini Ink Blending tool to apply rows of color to a piece of watercolor paper. You could also use cardstock, but I recommend using something heavy. I used Seedless Preserves, Worn Lipstick, Candied Apple, Abandoned Coral, Carved Pumpkin, and Mustard Seed. Feel free to use whatever colors you have. Dry the panel well.
I stamped the Modern Damask background stamp over my ink blending with Versamark, and heat embossed it in clear. Then I pressed my Black Soot Distress Ink directly to the paper. You can see that the clear embossing resisted the ink and protected the color underneath. After you’ve rubbed the black ink over the entire image, let it absorb into the paper for a few moments. Then go over the panel with a slightly damp paper towel or baby wipe to remove any ink left on top of the embossing. Isn’t this a fun look? I was having so much fun, I couldn’t stop!
I created two more panels using the same technique. On the left, I used Colorburst by Ken Oliver, using this technique, and the Rings Bold Prints stamp from Hero Arts. On the right, I used a background panel I had on hand, and stamped it with You Matter Background from Simon Says Stamp. This time I applied the black ink with a ink blending tool, so other colors shine through a little. It reminds me of the northern lights.
I’ve cut a piece of purple cardstock to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2, the same dimensions as my card base. I’m using my stamp positioner to stamp my Blessed sentiment from Simon Says Stamp. If you have a t square, lining up the sentiment is easy. If you don’t, it’s an inexpensive tool, and I highly recommend it. I stamped my sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink, and heat embossed it in clear.
I trimmed my panel to 2″ x 5 1/2″, and centered it on my white card base. Then I measured 1 1/4″ from each side of my purple panel, and cut straight lines with my paper trimmer to the sentiment. Next, I fussy cut around the sentiment, leaving a small border. You can see that the core of the paper is white. You can leave it that way if you want, but it was a little distracting for me. So I went around all the cut edges with my ink blending tool and Dusty Concord Distress Ink.
I attached the sentiment panel to my card base with foam tape, and added a few sequins from Neat And Tangled to finish my card. The card needed a little more sparkle, so I went over the sentiment piece with my clear Wink Of Stella Shimmer pen. It doesn’t show up very well in the picture, but it’s beautiful in real life. I’ve still got the other half of the panel to share with you, once I decide what to do with it!
My oldest son helped design this card, so we kept it pretty simple. I die cut green and blue panels with the Stitched Rectangle dies from Simon Says Stamp, and attached them to the card base with tape runner. I stamped a birthday sentiment (from Mountains by The Ton) onto a strip of green cardstock, and popped it up with foam tape. My son chose Clear Droplets from Pretty Pink Posh to finish the card.
I die cut this panel with the Stitched Rectangle dies, and mounted it to the card with tape runner. The “you” die is from Avery Elle. I die cut it from black and white, and glued them together with Ranger Multi Medium Matte. I attached them to the card, and added a sentiment strip from the You Matter stamp set by Simon Says Stamp to coordinate with the background. A few sequins from Darice added a little shimmer without covering up the words.
Have you ever tried this technique? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you again soon!