Use Small Stamps To Make a Background!

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Today we have a super fun way to use small stamps to make a background for your cards with a VERY cool technique for making the images pop! This method of creating fun, custom backgrounds for your cards is easy to do and you will use this idea over and over for sure.

Let’s let Carol show us how she did this so we can try it, too!

First, stamp the coffee cups and brewer from our Coffee Set in black randomly over a card sized panel of white card stock, keeping the space fairly even and letting some of the images go off the edge of the paper for that visual movement that adds so much to a project. PRO TIP: Use the word to fill in any uneven gaps.

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Now, add that drop shadow that makes those stamped images float on the paper! Carol used Copic markers in colors C5, C3, C1, C00 and also Copic 0 blend out the line from C00. Use the darkest shades closest to the images, fading out as you go.

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When she was done with all her fabulous shadows, Carol cut the panel with the largest of the Nested Rectangle dies and added it to a dark blue layer and added those layers to her top folding card base.

Then she stamped her coffee lady, colored her with Copics and cut her out with the coordinating die. She stamped the greeting and cut it out with the smallest Nested Oval Stitch die and added it to a blue layer cut with one of our Nested Oval Scallop dies. ANd last, she cut a piece of vellum with the third smallest Nested Oval Small Stitch die.

Carol added her coffee lady to the vellum oval with a tape runner. PRO TIP: Using vellum with this kind of layout lets the main image stand out in a “spotlight” but doesn’t cover up the awesome background. Add some foam tape to the back of the oval BEHIND the coffee lady and pop her on the card. Add more foam tape to the back of the left side only of the greeting and layer it over your friend.

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Carol added just a few little bits o’ bling with some gem stickers and this card was ready to go!

Here are the items from our store that you will want to get out or add to your cart to make this card with its custom background made using those small stamps:

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