Video: 1 Background Stamp, 3 Ways… + Giveaway & Shopping Discount

Hello! Today’s video shows 3 ways to use 1 background stamp. I also have a 15% discount code for Hero Arts products… and a giveaway!

First up – the discount code! For 15% off ALL Hero arts products at Simon Says Stamp, use my exclusive discount code “CHA14HERO”. (More details below.)

Let’s get started…

(Supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.)

So let’s take a closer look at 3 Ways to Use 1 Background Stamp… featuring the new Hero Arts / BasicGrey Large Petal background stamp

#1: Layered Background

This one is obvious but boy can it make an impact. I just love the look of a background made up of lots of layering.

After white heat embossing the background on four shades of cardstock (Simon Says Stamp Audrey Blue, Surf Blue, Green Apple and Mint), I cut out parts from each piece and layered it up with foam adhesive.

The sentiment in the center is from the Hero Arts What’s Up set. Such great greetings that are perfect to stamp on a circle. I used the fab Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder on it. Nom nom!

#2: Faux Watercolor Resist

One technique that works great with every background stamp is watercolor resist. You can make it elaborate or simple…

After white heat embossing the background on my favorite watercolor paper from Tim Holtz, I added super quick and messy coloring with Distress Markers. (Any watercolor medium would work.) I then gave it some spritzes with water and let the water do the work for me. Once dry, I have a colorful background that is sure to wake anyone up. LOL.

#3: Simple Embossing

Grab a favorite embossing powder and get stamping! Sometimes simple embossing can create the best impact with a background stamp.

I used Ranger’s Verdigris embossing powder on SSS Mint cardstock for this simple card. I love the mix of golds and greens in this powder! There are lots of great specialty embossing powders out there, but you could also mix your own. I did also add some pearls for interest…

There are a million and one more things you can do with background stamps. If you are interested in more ideas, check these out:

  • Pop Up Stamping – This technique works great with any background stamp and is a great way to add dimension.
  • Double Stamping – Have a simple and graphic background stamp? Try double stamping. It would work great with the new Prism stamp.
  • Cut It Up – A simple way to stretch the use of a background stamp is to cut it up. The results can be fun!


Interested in any Hero Arts products? Again – just head over HERE to Simon Says Stamp and use my exclusive discount code “CHA14HERO” for 15% off ALL Hero Arts products! This includes the newest products (HERE – including the co-branded Hero Arts / BasicGrey products) and old favorites (HERE – including their fabulous Shadow Inks). Enjoy! (Code is good through 2/28/14. Thank you, SSS!)


I have some stamps to give to a lucky winner! Up for grabs are the Large Petal, Prism, Flower Symbol and What’s Up stamps. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 2/28/14. I would love to hear which of the new products are your favorites. (You can find them all HERE.) Good luck!


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1,222 thoughts on “Video: 1 Background Stamp, 3 Ways… + Giveaway & Shopping Discount”

  1. Awesome cards. I love them all but my favorite one is the large petal background stamp. All kinds of ideas are running through my mind what I could do with this stamp. I would really love to win this stamp.

  2. Beautiful cards. Like the idea of treating the background stamp like a medallion stamp.
    Also loving the new pastel pigment inks!

    Kathleen Mc xx
    Ps got an email telling me about your new video re studio calico inks but said it was a private video when I clicked on the link to watch it.

  3. Wow! All 3 of those cards are beautiful! I would love to try out that embossing and paper peicing with those other 2 background stamps! So much fun! Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. Jennifer – these cards are fabulous!!!! I love the very different results from your different techniques. I love all these stamps, but I am angling toward the prism one since it is so bold ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a GREAT day!

  5. Hands down, my new favorite is the Basic Grey Large Petal stamp, I’ve been drooling over it since I looked through the new catalogue. Thanks for all the ideas with that particular stamps – I always love your use of color.

  6. Oh my goodness, I especially love that colorful card. It looks SO much fun to color like that! I would love, love, love to try it myself (of course, I’d have to get myself some of those markers, too… ;-))
    I honestly don’t know what my favorite new products are! I’m so behind the times that everything looks so new and exciting. I love those background stamps– I have only one of my own (Chinese characters that say “thank you”), and I have tried some of your techniques with it already, and look forward to more!

  7. I absolutely love the large petal background stamp. It would be a great “stamped” card to take with you to an appointment and color it in with markers while you wait.

  8. Thanks for your awesome videos and ideas! I think I like the prism background stamp best and would love to see you use that one. Thanks for being so generous!

  9. I would not have thought much of the large pedal stamp at first, but after seeing what you did with it, I love it! I also really like the capture prism stamp. Thanks as always you are awesome.

  10. I absolutely love the large petal background stamp. The verdigris embossing powder is very pretty as well. Thanks, Julie.

  11. Honestly…I just couldn’t wait for the giveaway….I already ordered everything you used to make these amazing cards!

  12. Thank you for your inspiration and the versatility ideas. I liked the NEW Ranger embossing powder. Do you do tags? Have a blessed day. And for the opportunity to win these item.

  13. Watercolor techniques are some of my very favorite techniques…the results are so pretty. I really love the Ranger Verdigris Embossing Powder. The look you get is much more interesting than a standard embossing powder. Ranger hit this on the head, for sure!

    Thanks, Jennifer.

  14. So loving the Hero Arts Cling Stamp SPICE MARKET LARGE PETAL BACKGROUND stamp it’s magnificent and very versatile.. Thank you for taking the time to make your videos we have learned so much from you… I think the stamp would be Awesome to use with the rangers melt pot make some lovely embellishments and maybe hair slides for my daughter. So glade it’s latex free as I have an allergy to some rubber stamps…Want to try double stamping with lettering too after watching another of your Awesome VIDEOS … THANKS FOR THE CHANCE TO WIN!!! Good luck every one!!!

  15. Your cards are always so creative! I’ve been addicted to background stamps lately. Don’t make me pick! If I had to it would be Prism stamp. Thanks for the chance to win!

  16. I really love the stamp used in the video, I have never thought to emboss it on multiple cards to achieve the layer look done in the video, even if I don’t win I am walking away with new knowledge on what to do with my background stamps. I also must get my hands on that Ranger embossing powder.

  17. I love your videos and all the tips and techniques you share. Thank you for the give away. Loved the layered card the most. Hoping to win this giveaway!

  18. I love all the new Hero Arts/Basic Grey stamps. The Large Petal Bzckground stamp is amazing. I would never have given it another look until I say your video. I went to my local craft store and it was there and I bought it . Very excited to explore the possibilities.
    Thank you so much for your video.

    Suzanne Foss

  19. All 3 cards are just gorgeous and I need to check that embossing powder out. Love the effect. I’m liking the Capture Talk Bubbles stamp but not sure what variations I could use on that stamp. Capture Prism looks fun too. Thanks for sharing your techniques and for the chance to win.

  20. I love those new background stamps! I absolutely love backgrounds also – I have trouble using all the pretty papers I have because I love to make the backgrounds!

  21. Gosh, these cards you make are so pretty! I think that I would never come up with the creativity that you have! Thanks for your video tutorials!

  22. The Petals background stamp is beautiful! I love the 3 different ways you used this stamp. Layering the pattern, watercolor and an interesting embossing powder.

    Thank you for the chance to win!

  23. I love the new Hero Arts Basic Grey Prism background stamp, it would do cool to do a double off set stamping with that for a fulll coverage background!

  24. Wow….thenew Simon Says products (specially the new color inks and card stock are on my wish list… Thanks for great demos…

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