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Back ground Stamping

Directions for using a background stamp:

1) Place the background stamp face up on your stamping surface. (yes, lay it on the table don't hold it)

2)  Ink the stamp completely by tapping the ink pad on the rubber.

3) Place the card stock on the inked stamp and now fold your graph paper over the top and press the c/s to the stamp, this way your hands do not get any ink on them!

4) If the card stock is smaller than the stamp, cover it with the graph paper just like I suggested in step  3

5) Rub the card stock with smooth, firm strokes, making sure to rub all areas of the stamp and to keep the card stock from sliding. Some of my customers use their hand or their bone folder, try a few ways and see what works best for you or what effect you want for your project.

6) Remove the scratch paper and carefully lift the card stock off the stamp.


1) For a more subtle background, try the repetitive stamping technique and stamp off once prior to stamping. 

2) Another technique for subtle backgrounds is to ink a sponge and dab it on the background stam, try using several colors.

3) Create a multicolored background by applying two or more inks to the background stamp, the stampin spots are wonderful for this!

I didn't ink the entire surface of the background stamp, I inked ONE LINE of the background set: Dotted and stamped it on the whisper white cardstock.  I then stamped the flower from office accoutrement in the new spring mini catalog. (you can do the flower first it helps with the placement of the ribbon and the row of dots.)

2 of the cards use ribbon originals and "GASP" one uses a ribbon I bought at joannes fabric store on my last trip.

The tiny dots on the always artichoke card are made using the coordinating marker and the template from the tool kit. They arent perfect little circles as the tip of my marker was not firm,  but I like the fuzzy edges better anyway!

Again I was surfing blogs this morning and these cards were ispired by Kristina Werner . And my mind screamed HOW CUTE!!  MUST CASE,  MUST CASE!

Here are my versions of her delightful card.


  My colors are morning marigold, always artichoke and creamy caramel.


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These cards are great...pretty colors and simple layout!

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