Quick Tip VIDEO: Background Highlights + Giveaway

Hi there. Today I have something new for you – a shorter video! (Well, it’s not that short, but short for me!) It is a Quick Tip Video showing how to create a highlight on a background.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Affiliate links used. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

I really like the look of layering stamped images on a one-layer card. However, sometimes stamp layering results in a “too busy” look… where the background fights with the images on top. To prevent this, I like to soften part of the background to create a highlight for the layered image to be placed.

For the backgrounds, I repeatedly stamped an image from the Mama Elephant Water Blooms set using various colors of dye inks on to various colors of cardstock. (All the inks and cardstocks are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.) I like to start in the corner of the panel and work my way out. This helps prevent getting stuck and having trapped white spaces. Oh – and using a background stamp would be another option to save some time!

To create a highlight to stamp the sentiment on, I used an inking tool (any would work) to apply Hero Arts Unicorn White Ink in the center. I used a heavy hand in the center and pulled the ink outward to blend. Since it is pigment ink, I heat set the ink between applying layers of ink. The more ink you apply, the more intense your highlighted area will be. After the ink was completely dry, I applied my anti-static tool and heat embossed a gorgeous sentiment from Mama Elephant’s Birthday Wishes Stamp Set using silver glitter embossing powder. On others, I stamped with black Versafine Ink and clear heat embossed.

This card design is great for mass producing. I needed to replenish my birthday card supply, so I did most of the cards with the “happy birthday” sentiment. However, I was in need of a quick thank you, too, so I used theΒ Mama Elephant Heartfelt Wishes Stamp Set on one…

I hope you give this a try and create some fun one layer cards!

GIVEAWAY

How would you like to win a new Mama Elephant stamp set? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 9/18/15 telling me what kind of card you send them most of. For me? It’s thank you cards. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

SUPPLIES

Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Amazon (AZ), etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( PTI )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( PTI )

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( EH )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | EH )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | AZ )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( AZ )

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( AZ )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | AZ )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( AZ )

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS )

 

 

 


Leave a Comment

909 thoughts on “Quick Tip VIDEO: Background Highlights + Giveaway”

  1. I love this technique and have tried it out with fabulous results, thank you for sharing. The cards I make the most are birthday cards with thank you cards a close second.

  2. Hi, Jennifer,
    I will definitely be using this technique for my birthday, anniversary, thinking of you, and sympathy cards. Thank you so much for sharing!!

  3. I will get much use from this new technique! I send mostly birthday and thinking of you cards. Please enter me for the giveaway! Have a blessed day.

  4. Found some time to come back to watch the video as I saw your post the other day and was anxious to find out how you created such a cool effect! Thanks again for all your inspiration

  5. Birthday cards are the most frequent ones I send. Masculine ones are always the hardest to design, so I would also be more interested in seeing more of them. :->

  6. I love your video Jennifer and gave me a good idea for birthday cards that I send out more than any other card! I have some thank you cards in my stash, but birthday cards are needed most! THANKS for the chance to win your Mama Elephant giveaway!!

  7. I haven’t been making cards very long, but with the motivation from you and Kristina Werner, a whole new word has been opened up to me. When I do make cards, they are for birthdays. I’m so loving all the new stamps and dies that are for sale lately!

  8. I haven’t sent out any homemade cards as I’m just getting started card making. I’m going to try making some shaker cards for Christmas this year. I did help my grand daughter make some baby shower cards a few weeks ago and those turned out great.

  9. I mostly make birthday cards, closely followed by “just because” type cards for friends and family. Those are my favorite because people really enjoy receiving an unexpected little surprise in the mail πŸ™‚

  10. You always have amazing techniques. I will use this to make some thank you cards & thinking of you cards. I appreciate your art & work so much. I call you the jack-of-all-trade-diva….You are amazing. Thanks so very much. Hope & pray all’s ok. EU

  11. You make embossing look so easy! I’m going to look up more tutorials. I would love to up the wow factor of my cards- I send thank you cards and “just because” the most- a fun way to brighten up someone’s day!

  12. Hi Jennifer. Been missing you but loving the baseball game photos!

    I make primarily birthday cards, but have made quite a few sympathy cards lately too. πŸ™

    Hope to see your hands again soon. God bless!

  13. Thank you so much for this tip you’ve sarde with us! Never thought about whitening a part to let the sentiment stand up…
    Most of my card are birthday card but Christmas is coming!!!

  14. I think you mentioned this before that you make Thank You card the most, and so do I πŸ™‚ You got me inspired, with this technique, using even busy “printed” paper πŸ™‚

  15. What a great technique! With 8 kids and their families, I seem to make a lot of Birthday cards. I also love making “just because” cards for family and friends. I also make a variety of cards for my mother-in- law to give to her friends. I can’t forget Christmas cards as well. Let’s face it, I love making cards!

  16. Thank you for always giving me so much creative inspiration!

    I send out Birthday cards most. But really need to start sending out “thinking of you” or simply : “Hello” cards because these always seem to brighten up my day so I shoudl send them out too!

  17. I mostly make birthday cards, but Christmas cards are up there. The difference is that birthday cards are one-offs but I usually mass produce my Christmas cards.

  18. I love to make birthday cards. I cant wait to try this technique. I just found the mama elephant stamp set and i cant wait for it to arrive!

  19. What gorgeous cards! I love this technique, it just proves that some of the most wonderful things come from a simple idea. I’ll be trying this as soon as I get a good white ink. Thank you for sharing!

  20. I think the most cards I send out are thank you cards, thinking of you, birthday, and congrats. I am trying to send out more cards now that I’ve been consistently making more of them lately.

  21. Hi Jennifer special event cards are always super fun as they encompass a full year of creative variety; however; its the “Pick Me Up” cards that always seems to find their way to my artistic front. You always offer such a tablet of genius and flair!

  22. I make mostly birthday cards – hands down! Love the technique, thinking of using it on a masculine camo card this weekend! (fingers crossed).

  23. Gosh – birthday cards are my “frequent” senders. Thank you cards are a close second. And this technique will make lots of fun cards so easy! TFS
    Helen — Firenze Cards

  24. I am a birthday card sender but would love to send other types if only I could remember. πŸ™‚ Life gets busy and I forget the simple things sometimes. Maybe if I could make a bunch in advance…….. Love your blog and thanks for the chance to win.

  25. Easy technique with big impact! Another useful tip!! I often send out “hello” and “prayer” type cards. I can see using these techniques and stamps. Thanks you!

  26. Love your website and your blog. Can’t get enough of your techniques and ideas.
    I started into stamping because I started a card ministry and wanted to be able to send
    cards as get well and birthday greetings to members there. Usually birthdays are the cards I need the most. I started a birthday club where we each have a list of names and addresses to send cards on birthdays to each other. My mailbox is full every year on my birthday~~

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *