How to use your Background Stamps

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It’s Mojo Monday again and today I wanted to show you how to use all those Background stamps and papers that you have.  I love background stamps – they are super hard for me to part with when I have a sale, and I use them over and over – you should take a look at your stash too!

Today’s card is perfect for backgrounds.  With this design, I show you how I used four different sets plus some of my Christmas Paper from Season of Style in a birthday card.  Here is this week’s sketch and my result.

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Creative Tips –

  • Rather than use the Season of Style Designer Paper Stack paper as the accent triangles, you can go for a much bolder statement with it as the background.
  • You do not want to compete with the bold stripes, so when you choose your background patterns, you will want to stay away from bold lined patterns or Chevrons.  I chose some completely different designs plus one lightly lined (striped) pattern.  Really Good Greetings 003 006
  • The stripes from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp work because it has a varying amount of white space in-between the lines and they are thin lines, not bold like the Designer Paper.
  • The backgrounds you see here are Dictionary, Gorgeous Grunge, World Map and Swallowtail – yes, that’s part of the butterfly wing!  I love patterned images like that – other good ones are the flowers from Regarding Dahlias and Blooming with Kindness.Really Good Greetings 003 008
  • The greeting is from the must have greeting set of this year – Really Good Greetings.  To help it to stand out from all the patterns and busy goings on of the card, you will want to emboss it and leave it alone on that big circle (Circle #7, counting from smallest to largest in the Circles Collection Framelits) with the large amount of white space.  The contrast the extra white space brings to the card lets it shine.  After all – the greeting says it all – and it wouldn’t work if it got hidden by all the competing elements.Really Good Greetings 003 007
  • To help the circle stand out a bit more, you can edge it with your versamark ink pad and embossed it in black as well.
  • The flower is from the BigZ die – Blossom Party Originals.  You can add a center by itself – like the black center here, which was punched with the circle punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, or top it off like I did with the Large Rhinestone Jewel.  Really Good Greetings 003 009
  • To give the flower a little depth, pop it up with a Stampin’ Dimensional.
  • To make the banner ends, you can use the new Hexagon Punch or make your own with paper snips or a Square Punch.  View my Banner video hereReally Good Greetings 003 003

The sketch this week is a classic that you can use over and over again. 

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Stamp Sets – Really Good Greetings (130333c, 130330w), Swallowtail (129216c, 131943w), Gorgeous Grunge (130517c, 130514w), Dictionary (130351c, 130348w), World Map (130345c, 130342w) Paper – Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Season of Style Designer Series Paper Stack, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler Ink – Versamark, Basic Black Cool Tools – Circles Collection Framelits, 1 3/4” Circle Punch, Blossom Party Originals BigZ, Hexagon Punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack The Perfect Finish – Stampin’ Dimensionals, Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels

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  1. Your card is a perfect balance of patterns and the classy color combination really made this pop in the gallery! You rocked the mojo sketch and I’m so glad that you joined us in this week’s challenge!

  2. Cathy Kemper says:

    Hi Ingrid,
    Thanks for the tips. I love the work you do and your style! I look forward to your emails and posts. Keep up the great work.

  3. Great card. Love the black, white, and red color combo. Your use of the background stamps is a great tip. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Love the use of the background stamps. It really does give your card a unique look. Great tips for everyone! Will have to give this a try sometime.
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