Hey, thanks for joining me today. We just finished a MasterClass at StampNation taught by Concord & 9th, and we had so much fun! One of the classes was about these awesome stamps called Turnabouts, and I couldn’t wait to share them with you. I bought one about a month ago, and I loved it so much I ordered another. They make creating backgrounds so easy, and you can use any colors you want.
You need a stamp positioner, like the MISTI, for this card. I’m using a homemade version, made by my husband. Concord & 9th has a video showing you in detail how to use the stamps, but basically you need a jig, made from a 6 x 6 piece of cardstock.
I temporarily adhered my panel to the jig with tape runner, and stamped the Dotty Turnabout with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink. Next I turned the jig 90 degrees, and stamped again with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink.
I turned the jig again and stamped with Salty Ocean Distress Ink, and finally with Wilted Violet. This works with any ink, so try whatever you have. I love using lots of color, but you can use as many or as few as you choose. This would be really cute all in blue or pink for a baby card.
I had so much fun with these stamps, I made a couple more. But what do you do with such a busy background? Here’s how I finished my cards:
I die cut the panels with the Postage Stamp Edge dies from Simon Says Stamp. Then I used Hero Arts’ Hello Stamp And Cut to die cut the word “hello” from black cardstock. The tags are cut from vellum, using the Stitched Traditional Tags from My Favorite Things.
I glued the sentiment to the tag with Glossy Accents, and held it in place with an acrylic block while the glue dried. Then I added foam tape behind the letters to pop it off the card. I stamped the rest of the sentiment on a scrap of white paper with Versafine Onyx Black Ink, and heat embossed it in clear. Then I trimmed the ends off at an angle, and glued it under the die cut. I took a picture of it, but accidentally deleted it. Sorry!
I love using sequin accents on my cards, and I frequently tuck them under other layers. Sometimes, when I don’t have room, I cut them down a little, so they fit better. That’s my quick tip of the day!
Here’s the finished card, and I added a piece of baker’s twine vertically from top to bottom. I used another piece of string to tie the tag to the vertical strip with a knot. The sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh. I actually went back later and went with a bow instead, but you can use whatever you want.
For this card, I stamped with Candied Apple, Hickory Smoke, and Black Soot Distress Ink. On the last turn, I used Versamark, and heat embossed it in silver. This card will be perfect for my son. I added 2 piece of string this time, vertical and horizontal. The black sequins came from Michaels, and I love how they tie into the circles on the background.
For this final card, I used the Oh Hello Turnabout, and I stamped it with Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover, Mermaid Lagoon, and Blueprint Sketch. I originally made the tag just like the first two, but it got lost against the background because there’s so much white space. I stamped the sentiment again onto black cardstock and heat embossed it in white. Then I glued it over the first strip, offset just a little for a highlight. I added the string on a diagonal this time, and left the ends long on the bow. These sequins are from Neat and Tangled, and I think this card is my favorite. I used a black card base to make the panel pop.
And that’s all I’ve got for you today. What’s your favorite way to make a colorful background? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon!