Word Backgrounds

There seems to be a big trend in stamp sets with lots of words/greetings that you can build together. These words are great for so many techniques. But the best? Creating backgrounds.

For this simple window card, I used the new Holiday Subway Art stamp set from My Favorite Things. Aren’t those holiday greetings fantastic?

I started by drawing a diagonal pencil line towards the top of a white notecard. I then started stamping the greetings directly under this line… filling in the entire space. I used four of my favorite of the My Favorite Things Inks: Blu Raspberry, Jellybean, Wild Cherry and Razzleberry.

When I finished, I used a medium heart from the My Favorite Things Heart Stax die set to cut the window. (I held on to the heart it cut for a future project!) I then die cut a small red heart and white heat embossed the word “joy” from the My Favorite Things Ornament Banner Builder set. Finally, I added the small heart to the inside of the card with a foam dot.

Clustering words together like this a great way to create a background! Here is a look at the Holiday Subway Art stamp set from My Favorite Things. It is perfect for creating your own chalkboard/subway art that is popular right now…

What would you use this stamp set for? Would love to hear your ideas.


Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH and for My Favorite Things, click MFT…

MFT Holiday Subway Art Stamps (MFT|SSS)


MFT Ornament Banner Builder Stamps (MFT|SSS)


MFT Heart Stax Dies (SSS|MFT)






Versamark (SSS|EH)


White Embossing Powder (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Milwaukee Heat Gun (SSS|EH)


Vagabond Die Cutting Machine (SSS|EH)


Sizzix Vagabond Solo Thin Die Adapter (SSS|EH)




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43 thoughts on “Word Backgrounds”

  1. It’s such a treat to read your blog and see the wonderful ideas you create with my stamps and dies ( and all of the other amazing products and designs as well!)

  2. I like using words as a background…maybe doing the words on the bottom half and then a lovely image towards the center with a ribbon dividing the top and bottom half…’

    LOVE how you used it, too, though!

  3. I could see using this as a subway art frame for the mantle or shelf with some cute holly around it. Might be ordering this one soon.

  4. I love this card and would never have thought to do this (but am definitely going to give something like this a try!). I would have used it for greetings on a card or for tags or maybe even on a layout. Actually I think taking them and doing what you did but using it on the bottom third of a layout would be really cool too! Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. I think it would be really cool to stamp the words on that inexpensive Christmas ribbon you buy on a roll, I think it is kind of a cellulose maaterial, shiny and stiff, Then wrap your presents in kraft paper, white butcher paper or even newsprint for a truly eco-friendly but colorful appearance under the tree!! The words would make a cute custom wrap as well!!

    Love your color selection!!

  6. Love this set. It’s in my cart at MFT. I’d use it altogether as a subway art block, make backgrounds, tags, so many uses. Love your gorgeous card!

  7. I would use it to replicate this perfect card 🙂 Thanks for remiding how amazing some colored ink can look on white cardstock! I often neglect my colored inks, specially when it comes to sentiments.

  8. Love the stamp set. Your card is fabulous. I’d use the stamp
    for some cards and subway art in in a frame. I’m
    sure if I put my mind to it I could come up with a few
    more ideas.

  9. Gorgeous Card!! All of your cards are. I’m just getting back into card making, and every time I see your cards/video’s, I’m always wanting to copy you exactly! As a scrapbooker, I’ve only ever had that happen a couple of times with all the talent out there. Love your work!

  10. What a great card Jennifer! I think this stamp set would be great stamped as a background image on the front of a card and then cut a shape in the middle and insert a family photo! Maybe accent 1 or 2 or the words with Glossy Accents or glitter of some sort.

    Elaine Allen

  11. I think you can make a project for you and your littles with use it in a book style….sorta of like a christmas book and let me choose the word placing like a game puzzle piecing. You get the yes of both worlds crafting and read with your little ones!

  12. Your card is so bright and cheery and I love how the fonts are all the same height so we are able to make backgrounds like your example. It would make some adorable tags. They are also bold enough to stand on their own. It’s a really great set! Thanks for the chance to win and for the inspiration.

  13. Fun background. I see envelopes with stamped flaps, tags for gifts, wrapping paper… I really like the HAPPY because it can be used all year.

  14. Cute card. I would ink up the stamp in one piece and use it as is as a background for a panel on a card. Maybe even do some selective inking. Thanks for sharing.

  15. I like what you did with it! Not something I would have come up with. Maybe a scene from another set and use these to create the sentiments. Fun! You’ve got me thinking and inspired to play! Thanks!

  16. Like how you arranged the word art. I’ve seen so much word art in basic black and white, that it’s refreshing to see it stamped in bright colors! 🙂

  17. Beautiful and fun Christmas card. I love the non traditional colors. I think I might want to try and use your same concept but maybe a picture; or change up the words like use black ink and one word a bright color.

  18. I’d use it to make placemats for Christmas! Even borders on paper napkins for New Years, too! Thanks for showing your creativity!

  19. Wow great,great Jennifer you are so talented. I would love to make these as a background also and make a frame and put a picture in it. Even using them on a layout there are many ways to use these stamps. Thanks for showing.

  20. oh, oh oh, what a great Color Combo! Gotta try that! Wish I had the inks and the stamps, but will rummage through my old stuff to see if I can rustle up something that can fill the gap. while I dream:-)

  21. Great subway style sentiments – this stamp set is sure to be a hit with us crafters. Loved your card – so pretty! It gets me in the mood to start making my Christmas cards.

  22. Fun card. I had never before thought to use several sentiments from one set of stamps !! Daaaaaa !! Wish my brain came up with fun ideas like yours does 😉

  23. Love that your blog shows us “you may also like” after current posts, because I’d never had seen this older post. I love it so much! Bright and cheery and could be used w/so many occasions and sets. TFS!

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