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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Background Stamping

Hi guys! I'm back again to show off my latest creation. :)

I've always loved the look of cards with script stamping. Those big block rubber background stamps give cards such cool details -- especially when you don't necessarily want to add texture to the card and just want to use ink and stamps. So when I got the chance to use the Stampin Up "script, Irish Blessing" stamp, I went for it! It was a learning process that's for sure...

After inking up the stamp, I tried stamping it onto my cardstock...only to discover that I wasn't pressing hard enough or something, 'cause what I got was cardstock with the inked image...and lots of empty spaces where nothing had transferrred!!! So I tried again. This time I made sure to precisely ink up the WHOLE stamp (in case that was the problem) and then stamped it on my cardstock, making sure I pressed really hard on every part of the block. Same result!!! Grr!!! I was getting frustrated!! Not to mention wasting perfectly good cardstock!!! :(

Finally, after multiple attempts and the same results, I decided to try a different approach. This time I inked up the block stamp...but instead of stamping onto the cardstock, I took the cardstock and pressed it onto my stamp (which was lying upright on the table of course). I made sure to lightly press all over the cardstock...and when I pulled the cardstock off the stamp...what do you know -- a perfectly stamped background!!! :)

Trial and error. Lots of patience. I've learned something new. And next time I won't be afraid of wasting cardstock, 'cause this technique is now tried and true -- and works everytime! (I stamped multiple backgrounds so I know it wasn't just luck. :p It really works everytime!)

Anyways, enough of about all that stamping drama!!! I'm sure you all want to see my card, eh???

I stamped the Script background stamp with red ink. Next, I stamped a beautiful  LOVE clear stamp onto some plain white Vellum paper I've had in my stash forever.

I love Vallum on cards, but it just never seems to fit for any of my cards. With this stamped background it was perfect! :) I love that you can see the script underneath, but it's not so overpowering and the "Love" stamp is still the focal point of the card.

Finally, I added two tiny butterfly cutouts and of course some bling. :)

It's a simple card, but because of the stamped background paper there's still lots of detail. Background stamps are soooooooooo cool!!! :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. :) ...and all your kind comments. You make blogging and showcasing my work that much more fun! :)

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  1. Such an elegant creation... love what you did with the parchment paper.


  2. WOW this is so elegant, Love that you have stamped the script in red, Thanks for playing along with us on MAWTT this week, Hazelxo

  3. Super card. The strip of vellum is a great finishing touch.
    Lynne xxx

  4. Large wood block stamps can be a problem hun (well, they are for me anyway) so I am so glad you tried and tried again, because the end result is just gorgeous! Hugs Sxx

  5. Well done for persevering with the large background stamp - the end result is fabulous

  6. Very pretty card!! Thanks for joining us at HIMCR!!
    Angela DT

  7. an elegant and lovely card!Nice colorcombination!

  8. Hola Divinity, gorgeous card, great idea the vellum, fantastic your background.Good work.
    hugs from Palma de Mallorca

  9. Lovely card, the script background is beautiful

  10. Beautiful card. Love the Irish Blessing background & great tip on using the large stamp.
    Sharon xx
    My Card

  11. I love the look of script behind the vellum! Beautiful card!

  12. Love this Blessing and you have made such a beautiful card with it.
    Thank you for joining us at MAWTT this week.
    Hugs Mau xx

  13. Your script looks FAB, despite it filling all the white sapce.
    Stunning card

    Thanks very much

  14. Your card is amazing!!
    Thank you for joining us this week at HIMCR!!


  15. Oh this is gorgeous and so elegant

    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamps Challenge.

  16. Love the script and the soft look of the vellum on top. x

  17. What a pretty card!
    Thanks so much
    Less is More

  18. Your card is soooooo pretty. I have tried that background stamp technique and it really is a good one. Nice of you to share.

  19. This is so elegant and pretty! Thanks for joining us this week at HIMCR!

    Hiding in My Craft Room


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