Card Making Backgrounds – Add a Fun Twist!

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Learn a fun way to add some pizzazz to your card making backgrounds!

There are as many different ways to make cool card making backgrounds as there are background stamps in our store – more even! – and today Carol is sharing very fun and easy way to add even more impact to your card backgrounds with one simple step. Let’s take a look so we can try it, too!

NOTE: You WILL want to use a stamp positioner, preferable one that uses a hinge mechanism, for this technique. Alignment is key for this to really pop!

Carol started by cutting a piece of white card stock to card panel sized and “locked” it into her stamp positioner so it couldn’t shift if it tried. She then created a beautiful ombre look with the gray shades in our Color Fuse Ink Set #12 by inking up sections of the stamp about 1/4 at a time, from lightest at the bottom to darkest at the top. She cleaned the stamp each time so the subtle gradations of colors stayed visible.

When she was all done stamping, Carol left her panel in place and inked up the stamp one more time, all over, with a nice juicy Versamark pad and stamped right over her gorgeous ombre lines. She heat embossed this with clear powder for a glossy pop on her graphic gray lines.

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Then Carol cut that piece with the largest die in our Nested Rectangle Scallop set. Before adhering this to her white card base, she swiped the Hearth Color Fuse Ink cube all around the edges to create a gorgeous coordinating border. And while she had her Hearth Ink out, she blended some over a scrap of white card stock and set it aside to dry thoroughly.

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While her scrap was drying, Carol created her pretty yellow flowers by stamping the image from our Sweetest Sunrise set in Copic-friendly ink and colored these in with her copics in those luscious bright yellows and greens. When it was all colored, Carol cut it out with our coordinating die and adhered it over her gorgeous background with some dimensional adhesive.

Now she took that little scrap of custom colored Hearth card stock and, after swiping with her anti static tool, stamped the greeting from the same stamp set in Versamark and heat embossed it with white powder. She trimmed this up and added it to the card with more foam tape.

To finish this card and to add another fun graphic element, Carol added a few little dots to her card using Dandelion Yellow Nuvo Drops. Gorgeous!

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Here are the items from our store that Carol used to share this awesome card background trick:
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We know that we will never look at card making backgrounds stamps the same way! The idea of adding that light reflecting pop of shine over our choice of colors gives us tons of ideas and makes us want to search our stash for the perfect stamps to show this off! How about you – which background stamp are you going to try this on first?

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