Friday, 5 June 2009

10 things to try with your Background Stamps

Hello everyone

Welcome to part two of my response to the questions I have had about using background stamps. Today I am going to focus on what you can do with the stamps – if you are looking at how you can use these fabby stamps check out yesterdays post.

I love the Stampin’ Up! background Stamps and I would not be without them. They are so useful and amazingly versatile. So without further ado here is my list of 10 things you can do with background stamps.

1. Stamp it on its own – OK so this one is obvious but no list would be complete without it. With the range of ink colours and card colours available there are hundreds of looks you can create with each background stamp. If you look through past projects on this blog you will find lots of examples of this and here is an example to get you going! Mind you its been a while since I posted one ...

2. Stamp it multicoloured – why stick to one colour, why not ink your stamp with more than one colour?

3. Combine more than one background. By stamping more than one background stamp you can create custom backgrounds to coordinate perfectly with your project. Here is an example for you – I wanted to use Tempting Turquoise and Pink Passion for this card to co-ordinate with a gift I was giving. This is an ideal way to create backgrounds for Scrapbook pages as well as for cards.


4. Combine them with other stamps. Using a Background Stamp and another stamp can give you a really interesting patterned background – there is an example of this here


5. Kissing and Reverse Kissing. Did you know your stamped images like to kiss? The Background Stamps are ideal for this technique – check back on Sunday evening to see an example of this technique.


6. Making embellishments and topper. Using your stamped backgrounds, punches and embellishments it is possible to make some stunning embellishments for your projects – I will have more of these to show soon.


7. Emboss with them. Stamp and then emboss your card for a stunning impact.


8. Resist emboss with them. This can give you even more possibilities, from soft subtle and vintage looks to vibrant multicoloured pieces.


9. Masking or Reverse Masking a shape. Cut the shape of an image you want from either thin paper or a post it note and then use either the shape or the outline as a mask. This way you can get a patterned shape (by using the outline mask of your shape) or a patterned background with a clear image (by using the shape you cut out)


10. Using them on different surfaces. You don’t have to limit your stamping to card, the backgrounds look stunning on Vellum, acetate or even ribbon. On Sunday I will share a card which includes some background stamping on Vellum.


If you would like more details on any of these techniques please get in touch – your questions are always welcome.

This list of 10 things you can do with your Background Stamps is just a list to get you going. It would be great to see how we can add to this list – if you have other things you use your background stamps for or think they would work for please let me know – its always great to hear your ideas.

Happy Crafting

Bekka

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