We’re getting down to the wire, Christmas is less than one week away! Do you still need Christmas cards? Maybe you received a card, and now you want to make one for them. Or maybe you’ve recently had someone move to the neighborhood, and you want to welcome them. Background stamps just made your job a lot easier!
For all of the cards I made today, I used the Plaid Background stamp by Catherine Pooler Designs. But any background stamp would work. You can use the stamp as the focal point, the background, or a layer of pattern. I’ll show you all three today.
I inked up the top corner of my stamp with Grass Skirt ink by Catherine Pooler, and used a paper towel to dab the edges for a soft transition to the next color. A stamp positioner like the MISTI is crucial for this, because you need to stamp in the same place several times. Next I added All That Jazz, followed by Fiesta Blue and Something Borrowed. I die cut the panel with Postage Edge dies from Simon Says Stamp, and attached it to my white cards base with tape runner. To keep the focus on the background, I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of white cardstock, and added it to the card with foam tape. The sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh, and I used Ranger Multi Medium Matte to glue them to the card for a little shine.
For this card, I heat embossed the background in silver, and die cut it with Stitched Rectangle Dies from Simon Says Stamp. Then I used the Mini Aspen Trees stencil by The Crafter’s Workshop and Hickory Smoke Distress Ink to stencil a few trees on a scrap of white cardstock. While the ink dried, I die cut the Small Madison Window, Friendly Kitties, and Cheery Cardinals from Memory Box. I added foam tape to the back of the window, and attached my tree panel. Next I glued the cardinals and cat in place, and attached the window to my card with tape runner. The sentiment comes from the Good Things stamp set by Catherine Pooler, and I stamped it in Candied Apple Distress Ink. I added the sentiment to the card with foam tape.
For my final card, I inked the stamp with Candied Apple Distress ink, and misted with water before stamping. It makes the color uneven, and gives a less formal look. I die cut the stamped panel and a smaller white panel using Stitched Rectangle dies from Simon Says Stamp. Next I stamped my image with Versamark ink and heat embossed it in white. I’m using Tiny Nativity With Animals by Northwoods Rubber Stamps. I die cut the image using a square stitched die from my stash, add added glue and silver glitter to the star. While the glue dried, I added a sentiment to my white panel using the Here We Come A Caroling stamp set by Catherine Pooler Designs. Last, I attached all my layers to the card base with tape runner. I added the manger layer with foam tape.
All of these cards are simple to make, and can go through the mail easily. If you’re done with your Christmas cards, change up the sentiments and make thank you cards! And if you need more ideas for background stamps, see my posts here and here. I wish all of you a Merry Christmas, and I’ll be back again soon!