Hi! It seems backgrounds with lots of stamped images are so popular these days. And I love the look, but struggle with the process. After trying a few things that worked for me, I decided to do a video sharing them with you. And I have seven different options!
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I will admit – I have fallen head over heels for the new Ink Blot Shop Arts & Crafts Sentiment and Arts & Crafts Icons stamp sets! They are sweet, happy, and fun to create with. I made lots of cards with them… sharing several ways to create backgrounds with “scattered stamping.”
When a background is filled with “random” images, I call it “scattered stamping.” However, the engineer in me is happier when they are lined up a bit. 🙂 In the video, I show how to do this with and without a MISTI Stamping Tool. Once you have your background set up, you can quickly make several cards.
I think one of the best looks for scattered stamping is to do simple spotlight stamping. By stamping the scattered (but lined up) images in the background with a soft ink… and then stamping just one focal image in bold color, the card pops!
Simon Says Stamp Fog Ink works great for a soft background look. Again, all the images are from the Ink Blot Shop Arts & Crafts Sentiment and Arts & Crafts Icons stamp sets. This design is fast to do as there is little coloring.
#2: EMBOSSED RESIST INK BLENDING
Scattered stamping also works very well with embossed resist… and I have a few examples of that today. This first card started with many images white heat embossed on white cardstock. I then generously applied Candied Apple, Wild Honey, and Salty Ocean Oxide Inks.
The white embossing resists the colorful ink… leaving simple-yet-colorful background. Oh – and I white heat embossed the envelopes to match.
#3: EMBOSSED RESIST WATERCOLOR
Another use for embossed resist is for watercolor. This is very easy to do… even for those (like me!!!) who struggled with watercolor. Be sure to watch the video to see this process. I simply applied Distress Ink with water and an acrylic block. This does work best when you white heat emboss on watercolor paper.
You could do the background before heat embossing the images. However, I do feel you get better results embossing first. Also, to make the sentiment stand out, I stamped it with black ink and filled the letters with Black Nuvo Drops.
I had so much fun with this watercolor embossed resists that I had to do another. This time I used blue inks.
You could use any watercolor for this!
Sometimes the simple techniques are the best. Here, I created a almost-monochromatic look with white embossing. (You could do any embossing here – even clear.) To add a bit more interest, I “colored” with a Prismacolor White Pencil and added shimmer. This one looks much better in real life. I plan to make more of these to use up some of my colored cardstock scraps.
Vellum is great for adding a soft bit of interest to your cards. Here, I did scattered heat embossing directly onto a vellum background. I added the vellum to a solid notecard, but you could use patterned paper.
#6: ON PATTERNED PAPER
I don’t know about you, but I have a ton of patterned paper! And I rarely use them. Scattered stamping works great with many basic patterns. Here, I white heat embossed over a piece of Pebbles Happy Hooray Paper.
#7: ONE-LAYER COLOR
Scattered stamping is great for creating colorful, one-layer cards. You can use any images for this… and any coloring medium. This takes a bit more time since there is a lot of coloring, but it is worth it.
CHECK THIS OUT
If you are looking for more scattered stamped backgrounds examples, check out these artists and their cards. Very talented ladies:
- May Park: tone-on-tone card, filled with dots card, colorful card
- Yoonsun Hur: watercolor card, floral card, beach card
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