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7 WAYS: Scattered Stamping

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!

[All supplies are linked in the text below and in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.]

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.


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.


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.


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.

I also have lots of inky backgrounds I have created but never used. This one was from my alcohol ink marbling video. (See it HERE.) Happy to use it for a card!


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.


If you are looking for more scattered stamped backgrounds examples, check out these artists and their cards. Very talented ladies:


Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

*Ink Blot Shop Arts & Crafts…
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*Ink Blot Shop Arts & Crafts Icons…
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MISTI Stamping Tool
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Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock
Heavyweight Vellum
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Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper
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My Favorite Things Extreme Black Ink
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Simon Says Stamp Fog Ink
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VersaMark Ink
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Distress Oxide Inks
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Mini Distress Ink Pads
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Mini Ink Blending Tool
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Sketch Copic Markers
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Hero Arts Heat Gun
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Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
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*Tim Holtz Non-Stick Mat
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Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer
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Lawn Fawn Small Acrylic Block
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Catherine Pooler Acrylic Blocks
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Couture Creations Ultra Fine Tip Bottles
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Black Nuvo Drops
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Anti Static Powder Bag
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Prismacolor White Pencil
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Pebbles Happy Hooray Paper
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Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pens
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71 thoughts on “7 WAYS: Scattered Stamping”

  1. Jennifer,
    I enjoyed your video. This gives me several ideas for using multiple stamps as a background. The velum ideas were good too.

  2. Great cards! And I love those stamp sets – thank you for showcasing them. I have trouble creating backgrounds with stamps because I don’t think they look random enough so I’m glad you showed that they can be more organized and still look great!

  3. I don’t know how you do it! Every time… every card looks great. And so many different looks, really adore the vellum cards, and then rainbows… well there are never enough rainbows.. thank you Jennifer ❤️

  4. What a clever way to arrange the stamps for the background. I will be using this tip a lot and thank you Jennifer for educating us.

  5. Hi Jennifer,
    Another fun video. I always learn something from you. I try and watch every video you make. I started following you last January and you have really Up my card making ability. I have been making cards for 20 years but, watching your videos either teach me a better and simpler way. Or remind me of a technique I have for got… or gives me a brand new technique. I truly appreciate everything you do. Also love this video too..

  6. Such fun and happy cards. I love the background. I can not wait to try this! Unfortunately I watched the video after I purchased my stamps. Then I saw your envelop, now I have to go back and order the other one. Thank you for sharing the beautiful cards.

  7. Those ideas are awesome. I have trouble with scattered stamping. Usuing images multiple times in one card can be difficult because it hard to figure out how much room you need to stick the same images again. I use little die cuts of the images to figure out placement, then follow my placement guide to stamp each image. I like the look of scattered images with distress backgrounds. Works great with watercolor powders too.

  8. Those are great stamps! And what great ways to use them.! Having surgery in a couple of weeks that I hope will ease my back pain so that Sequoia and I can do more of these fun techniques! My list is growing!

  9. You really worked hard for this video…I appreciate your hard work!! I think my favorite card was the one you colored!! They’re all really great. I’m inspired to try this technique!! I love kicking off my weekends with you!! Since tomorrow is Super Bowl, I will have all day to make cards! I do not enjoy watching sports on TV!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  10. I love them and I love them ALL! Wauw Jennifer what a treat, 7 cards and all beautiful. What a great stamps and what about all the things you showed us to do with. I want especially thank you for the watercolor backgrounds you made with your acrylic bloc. I am going to try that way, because other ways don’t work for me and this looks stunning. Thanks again for all your time and effort to make this awesome tutorial video for us, you are the best!

  11. All of the techniques are wonderful but the one-layer color is calling my name! Love the vivid colors! Thank you for showing us how to get more bang from our supplies!

  12. Wonderful idea for doing the background. I have tried doing it with out this and I am never happy with the results. This will be my way of doing from now on. Love the different looks on coloring or not.. Thanks so much.

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