4 Ways: 2-For-1 Backgrounds

Hello! It can be a lot of fun to create stamped backgrounds. But it is even more fun when you can use one background to make two cards. So today I am sharing four ways to use backgrounds for 2-for-1 cards.

Stamped Background Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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Yep – I had so much fun using the new Concord & 9th stamps to create gorgeous backgrounds! I then used each background to create two cards.

Stamped Background Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here are the four ways I show for using one background for two cards….

#1: DIE CUT INLAY

One great way to take one background and create two cards is to use the die cut inlay technique. For my examples, I stamped and heat embossed the Concord & 9th Plaid Background Stamp (SSS | C&9). So pretty! I then used the large Concord & 9th Ornamental (SSS | C&9) die to cut out an ornament. I also die cut the same from kraft cardstock. On one card, I inlaid the kraft die cut ornament into the plaid background. On the other I inlaid the plaid ornament into the kraft background.

Stamped Background Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I also added gold-heat-embossed ornament toppers, gold string and sentiments from the Concord & 9th Ornamental Stamp Set ( SSS | C&9).

The Concord & 9th Ornamental Die Set (SSS | C&9) also includes dies for adding detail on the ornament. Look at how pretty it is…

Stamped Background Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Using the die cut inlay technique, I created two more cards using one background. I again stamped and heat the Concord & 9th Plaid Background Stamp (SSS | C&9)… but instead cut it with the Concord & 9th Trim the Tree Die (SSS | C&9). On one card I added a die cut “cheer” and on the other I silver heat embossed a sentiment from the Concord & 9th Trim the Tree Stamps Set (SSS | C&9).

Stamped Background Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The plaid background stamp is fun to use… especially with heat embossing. Oh – and the Studio Katia Silver Foil Crystals make perfect holiday card accents!

Stamped Background Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

#2: DIE CUT WINDOWS

Another great way to use one background to create two cards is by creating a window die cut. I started with a colorful floral background made with the Concord & 9th Blooms Fill-In Stamp Set (SSS | C&9). I then used a shape die from the coordinating Concord & 9th Blooms Fill-In Die Set (SSS | C&9) to die cut from the stamping.

Stamped Background Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For the first card, I also cut the window in the same spot on the front of a top-folding white notecard. I adhered another notecard inside of it but upside down… so the card flips up and then down to open. (Watch the video for a better explanation.) I also gold heat embossed a sentiment from the Concord & 9th Blooms Fill-In Stamp Set (SSS | C&9) and added details to the flowers with Nuvo Drops.

Stamped Background Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I used the extra die cut piece for my second card. I stamped the background with a strip border image from the Concord & 9th Trim the Tree Stamp Set (SSS | C&9) and added the die cut along with a die cut flower cluster. The gems are Studio Katia Silver Foil Crystals and the “thank you” is from the Concord & 9th Blooms Fill-In Stamp Set (SSS | C&9).

Stamped Background Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

#3: WONKY BACKGROUNDS

A third way to get two cards from one stamped background is to do a bit of wonky die cutting! I started by creating a background using the fun Concord & 9th Christmas Cheer Turnabout Stamp (SSS | C&9) and Distress Oxide Inks. I die cut (crooked!) a portion of it with a Lawn Fawn Rectangle Stitched Die. This creates two pieces for two cards. I used the outside piece on the first card and added wonky-die-cut-white-piece on top with craft foam… and stamped “making spirits bright” from the Concord & 9th Christmas Cheer Turnabout Stamp Set (SSS | C&9). On the other card, I added the wonky-stamped piece on a white notecard and stamped “merry” from the Concord & 9th Ornamental Stamp Set ( SSS | C&9). Fast and easy.

Stamped Background Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

#4: SPLIT BACKGROUNDS

The final idea for making two cards from one stamped backgrounds is to simply split it! I chose to cut my backgrounds at a diagonal for a bit of added interested. And I made several cards!

This first set of cards features a background made with the Concord & 9th Blooms Fill-In Stamp Set (SSS | C&9). I glued the two pieces to top folding notecards and added a white piece cut with a faux stitched edge. This white piece covers up the area that is missing the floral background. And by using the faux stitching and craft foam for dimension, it has some added interested. I stacked a few “wonderful” Concord & 9th Wonderful Words (SSS | C&9) die cuts and stamped “hello” on each.

Stamped Background Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My next pair of cards feature a CZ Design Hellos die cut and a “you matter to me” stamped sentiment. These colors make me happy!

Stamped Background Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This next pair of cards makes me swoon! The Concord & 9th Blooms Fill-In Stamp Set (SSS | C&9) with gold embossing powder is so very pretty. This time I skipped the faux stitch die cutting on the edge of the white cardstock and instead added a peach cardstock strip.

Stamped Background Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The “hello” die cuts are from the CZ Design Hellos Die Set.

Stamped Background Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

You may be wondering why I don’t have two cards using the pool floral background. That is because I got an inky thumbprint on part of it, so I just hid it with this technique. Worked great.

Stamped Background Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Next I have a few examples using the Concord & 9th Plaid Background Stamp (SSS | C&9) for the background.

Stamped Background Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This next pair features gold and silver embossing on red cardstock… and “cheer” die cuts using the Concord & 9th Season of Cheer Die Set (SSS | C&9).

Stamped Background Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The plaid background pieces can be used for holiday or non-holiday cards. The floral cluster on the left card is from the Concord & 9th Blooms Fill-In Stamp Set (SSS | C&9).

Stamped Background Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I love the detail in that background!

Stamped Background Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

BONUS CARDS

I also have a few bonus ides for using stamped backgrounds. For this next pair of cards, I stamped two backgrounds – one with the Concord & 9th Plaid Background Stamp (SSS | C&9) and one with the Concord & 9th Blooms Fill-In Stamp Set (SSS | C&9). (Doesn’t that background look great in black?!) I split the two backgrounds and paired them up with each other to create two fun cards…

Stamped Background Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

And last but not least, I wanted to share an idea for using a stamped background on a card in a simple way. Here I used the Concord & 9th Blooms Fill-In Die Set (SSS | C&9) to die cut a flower cluster from a stamped Blooms Fill-In Stamp Set (SSS | C&9) background. I then adhered it with foam tape back in it’s place. The added dimension makes the card even better!

Stamped Background Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I hope these inspire you to create a bunch of stamped backgrounds.

SUPPLIES

Want to find the products I used?I have listed them below! (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those from Concord & 9th. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Concord & 9th (C&9), etc.


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287 thoughts on “4 Ways: 2-For-1 Backgrounds”

  1. I am inspired every time I watch one of your videos. Thank you for sharing so generously. These are all beautiful cards!

  2. Sorry you have been feeling a bit down Jennifer but it doesn’t seem to have spoiled your creativity as all these ideas and also the finished cards are fabulous, and thank you so much or all the wonderful inspiration you give us. I do adore plaid on Christmas cards, but equally the pretty flowers would work on any card during the year and such a great idea from Concord & 9th. I don’t think they are available over in the UK but it would be great if they were! x

  3. All of these cards are so beautiful! I love the different ways you made 2-for-1 cards. I really want to get the Plaid Background Stamp and I love how you used it with heat embossing 🙂

  4. This is a wonderful release — The plaid background stamp is now on the top of my wish list. Thanks so much for showing us such great ideas for 2-for-1 cards. Just beautiful.

  5. At the moment this is my favorite Jennifer video! Absolutely love the look of these cards & have to add the fill in blooms to my wishlist & maybe the plaid stamps if I can’t make what I have work!

  6. Thank you for sharing this tutorial – so many cards – great timing as I plan for the holiday season!!!

  7. Just stunning as usual! Concord &9th have amazing stamps. Put the two of you together and my mind gets blown every time.

  8. I am so impressed! It’s amazing that you ‘pulled yourself together’ by crafting these beautiful creations! These blooms and plaid stamps are now on my wish list…so I can try to copy your work. Thank you so much for the video.

  9. Boy, you did this on a ‘blah’ day? Amazing! I can’t wait till I have a ‘blah’ day like this or any day, really. I also see why this Concord and 9th will be one of your favorites. So versatile.

  10. Wow, you blew me away yet again. Love all of these and can’t wait to give it (or them) a try. Thank you, Jennifer, for all the amazing work you do to inspire us.

  11. What a wonderful release. My fave is the plaid background stamp is–now on my wish list. Thank You Jennifer for showing us such great ideas for the 2-for-1 card examples. Just beautiful. P.S. One of my favorite parts of your videos is the fact that you list EVERYTHING used….AWESOME!

  12. Oh my goodness. These is just too much wonderful to take in all at once. You gave us so many ideas in this video that you leave us gasping. Love every one. Thank you, THANK YOU in caps.

  13. Can’t wait to get started with this stamp over the weekend. When my eyes are drawn to pretty color combos, I immediately think of how to recreate them with stamps. Your backgrounds are so lovely. I hope to be as successful. And making 2 cards from one panel will let me share with more friends and family. Thank you!

  14. Wow you amaze me! I’m blown away!! These cards are stunning! You are very talented! Thank you for all of your ideas! I’m sorry to hear that you were down, it happens sometimes!! I hope making these cards helped take your mind off things. As always, I really appreciate you sharing this with us. Take care

  15. Wow, I love this technique of making different backgrounds and using them to make 2 cards. The Concord & 9th Bloom Fill in Stamp with that die is beautiful.
    A fun note, every time you pressed the Misti with firm pressure, I couldn’t help but think about what Kathy, Kristina and Lydia were saying about your rotator cuff.

  16. These techniques are fabulous and amazing. You give me so much inspiration with your wonderful videos and I learn something new with each one. Thank you for sharing your awesome ideas!

  17. Wow so clever!! Great way to make your time stretch for sure….making two cards at once. Love that ornamental set!!

  18. Fantastic backgrounds with the Blooms Fill In stamp set – absolutely gorgeous and no end to the possibilities. As always, so many beautiful cards and techniques–thank you for sharing!

  19. Oh Jennifer after watching all the wonderful cards you have created I am sold on the plaid and the floral background sets. I had seen them, but was not sure how could I use them. Your video is fantastic and very inspirational, really loved all the card ideas. Never a dull moment watching you do cards.

  20. You always come up with such clever ways to use stamps. I’m amazed by your creativity and just wish I had time to try all your techniques. Thank you.

  21. Love the 2fers you have since it can take a while to make a knock out card! This way you can make 2 in almost the same amount of time!!
    Thanks for all the great ideas, glad you ended up in your craft room to get out of your funk!!

  22. Thanks for the great video Jennifer! Wow these are amazing products. The owners of this company seems super nice – and clearly very clever. I love what you did here. The cards are gorgeous!!!

  23. Great video in how to extend the life of those background stamps, and of course, appreciate the 2 for 1 cards. I am looking forward to trying these techniques. I love that Concord & 9th Fill-In-Blooms stamp and die set. My favorite combination is the plaid background and the black fill in the blooms. What a striking pair of cards!

  24. Thank you for sharing your creativity! You always seem to give me inspiration for creating cards. I loved how your plaid background turned out. I don’t have the stamp but I am sure I can do this with some of my patterned papers!

  25. I love the new Concord & 9th products! You have created so many beautiful cards with them, Jennifer. So glad that you were in your craft room to shake that “blah” feeling off. Sending you some (((hugs))).

  26. You said that you weren’t feeling in your peek…..but, Jennifer! This is one of the very best videos you have ever done (in my humble opinion)! There is so much greatness here – I will watch and re-watch many times. you are such a gem to share all that you do and you do it so darn well! Hope this amazing craftiness helped you to feel better. I so appreciate you!

  27. This type of post is always big fun. I like seeing ‘same but different’…it’s just fun seeing all the designs.

  28. Wow, Jennifer, what a bunch of gorgeous cards. You amaze me everytime with such great tips and inspiration, you are wonderful. Thank you so much.

  29. Thank you, Jennifer. This video is just bursting with creative ideas. So many of these techniques are simple, but with a beautiful result. And Concord & 9th’s Blooms fill in is an awesome set.

  30. Once again you blew me away! How fun are these cards. I love the background stamp and die, but I think I can use a lot of my printed paper to try this technique.

  31. So inspiring, Jennifer! I just love these new Concord & 9th background stamps. Adding the thin, embossed stripes takes the plaid background to a whole new level! I love the idea of creating two beautiful cards from one stamped background. Heartfelt thanks for ALL that you share, dear Jennifer! Sending warmest hugs! ♡

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