Hey, glad you’ve stopped by. This is the first day of my new Mini Series, all about background stamps. My challenge is to use the same stamp in 3 different ways, and show how versatile they can be. For the whole series, I’ll be using the Modern Damask background stamp by Catherine Pooler Designs. Today, I’m doing rainbow stamping.
For this card, you need lots of ink colors. This Paintbox by ColorBox is perfect. The colors are designed to work together, and they can be used individually by removing them from the tray. If you don’t have this set, use whatever you have. Many companies have ink cube sets, and they would work great for this card.
You need a stamp positioner like the MISTI for this card. I’m using my homemade version, and you can see I’ve positioned the stamp about 1/2″ from the edges, because I can’t stamp all the way into the corner. I put a line of tape runner on the back of my panel, but use any temporary adhesive you have. This keeps the paper from shifting around, since I’ll be stamping several times.
I applied the pink ink diagonally to the corner of the stamp. Next I used a paper towel to wipe off a bit of the ink where it will meet the next color, to get rid of any hard edges. Then I stamped it onto the white cardstock. I cleaned my stamp well, so the leftover ink wouldn’t contaminate my orange ink pad. When I added the orange ink to the stamp, I let it overlap with the pink slightly, and wiped off where it met the pink and yellow before stamping.
Here’s my finished panel. I trimmed it down slightly and I ended up with 2 panels that are each 2″ x 5 1/2.”
Now I’m ready to work on my sentiment, using the Say It Thanks die from Technique Tuesday. I die cut the word from white cardstock, and the shadow from black. I glued them together with Ranger Multi Medium Matte, and stacked acrylic blocks on the die cuts until the glue dried. You can use any liquid adhesive you have on hand, but the best thing about this one is that it dries completely clear and with a matte finish, so if any glue oozes out, no one will see it.
I added a blue mat behind my panel, cut to 2 1/2″ x 5 1/2.” Then I attached the pieces to my card base with tape runner. I’m using a T square to make sure my sentiment (from Simon Says Stamp’s Thankful Heart stamp set), is straight. The T square is an inexpensive tool – I got mine for less than five dollars – and it’s great for lining up sentiments, embellishments, dies, and pretty much everything else. Can you tell I like it?
I added my die cuts with foam tape, and a few Clear Iridescent jewels from Little Things From Lucy’s Cards to finish the cards. How do you use background stamps? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back soon with another tutorial!