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Creative Uses of Background Stamps

Hi again! Today is all about new ways to use background stamps. Background stamps are great for inking techniques, etc… but also for one-layer treasures. And I have several for you today.

Creative Background Stamps Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Multiple stores are also linked in the parentheses following the product name. Compensated affiliate links may be  used at no cost to you.]

I have done many technique videos with background stamps in the past… from simple to complex. But today focuses on ways to use *part* of a background stamp for fun one-layer cards. I didn’t keep most of the cards as one-layer cards. But you could!

Creative Background Stamps Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The background of my first card was created by stamping just the corner of the Gina K Diagonal Stripe Stamp (SSS | GK) four times. Be sure to watch my video to see how I easily did this without a stamping tool. (For the ink colors, check out the thumbnails below.)

I decorated all the envelopes for today’s cards with Ink Blot Stop Envelope Mail Art (SSS | IB). I really like all the options it includes.

Creative Background Stamps Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I added a stacked Memory Box Jotted Thanks Die in the center along with a few tiny stars. The shimmer is from a Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pen.

Creative Background Stamps Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is another card with the same technique, but this time using two background stamps – the Ink Blot Shop Wild Hatch Herringbone (SSS | IB) and Reverse Confetti Pattern Block Stamps (SSS | RC). (I colored in a few of the flowers with a light matching marker.)

Creative Background Stamps Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I used a heart die to create a window in the front of my card and added a Jane’s Doodles Bless Your Heart sentiment.

Creative Background Stamps Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

You can also use the corner of a background stamp to create perfect triangles of stamping. All you need is a few pencil guidelines. Here, I used the My Favorite Things Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot Stamp (SSS | MFT). So fun and simple! I added a sentiment with the Memory Box Jotted Awesome Die and Hello Bluebird Cheery Greetings Stamp Set.

Creative Background Stamps Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is another example of the same technique but with two background stamps – the My Favorite Things Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot (SSS | MFT) and Simon Says Stamp Flower Explosion Stamp. (I colored in a few of the flowers with a light matching marker.)

Creative Background Stamps Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I again used a heart die to create a window in the front of my card and added a Neat and Tangled Magnolia Stamp Set (SSS | NT) sentiment.

Creative Background Stamps Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

You can also stamp just part of a background stamp for a one layer card. But stamping with the edge of a stamp instead of using masking, you get much better, crisp results. Here, I used the Gina K Diagonal Stripe Stamp (SSS | GK)… and check out how crisp that edge is…

Creative Background Stamps Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I stamped a fun border from the Ink Blot Stop Envelope Mail Art (SSS | IB) and a sentiment from the Mama Elephant Creativity is Contagious Stamp Set. I am in love with this simple card and plan to make several more!

Creative Background Stamps Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

You can also use two background stamps for a one-layer design. Here, I used the Gina K Diagonal Stripe Stamp (SSS | GK) and the beautiful Gina K Rose Lace Stamp (SSS | GK). The “hello” is a stamp I made with the Memory Box Folksy Script Hello Die and craft foam… and the “beautiful” is from the Hello Bluebird Cheery Greetings Stamp Set.

Creative Background Stamps Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

And another… this time with the very fun Pink and Main Sprinkles Stamp (SSS | PM) and Gina K Diagonal Stripe Stamp (SSS | GK). The sentiment is from the Hello Bluebird Cheery Greetings Stamp Set.

Creative Background Stamps Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For my next example, I did a bit of masking with the Ink Blot Shop Wild Hatch Herringbone Stamp (SSS | IB) and Therm O Web Purple Tape. I really like how this results in a focal point in the center of the card for a sentiment.

Creative Background Stamps Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This fun sentiment is from the Ink Blot Shop Margin Notes Stamp Set (SSS | IB) and I added a little bit of Tonic Crystal Glaze.

Creative Background Stamps Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I hope you will give this idea a try!

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 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 Wild Hatch Herringbone…
[ SSS | INK ]
*Gina K Diagonal Stripe Stamp
[ SSS | GNK ]
*Gina K Rose Lace Stamp
[ SSS | GNK ]
*My Favorite Things Itsy Bitsy Polka…
[ SSS | MFT ]
*Simon Says Stamp Flower Explosion Stamp
[ SSS ]
Reverse Confetti Pattern Block Stamp Set
[ SSS | RVR ]
*Pink and Main Sprinkles Stamp
[ SSS | PNK ]
*Ink Blot Stop Envelope Mail Art…
[ SSS | INK ]
*Ink Blot Shop Margin Notes Stamp Set
[ SSS | INK ]
Janes Doodles Bless Your Heart Stamp Set
[ SSS ]
Mama Elephant Creativity is…
[ SSS ]
Neat and Tangled Magnolia Stamp Set
[ SSS | N&T ]
Hello Bluebird Cheery Greetings Stamp…
[ SSS ]
*Memory Box Jotted Thanks Die
[ SSS ]
*Memory Box Jotted Awesome Die
[ SSS ]
Memory Box Folksy Script Hello Die
[ SSS ]
*Hero Arts Hearts Infinity Dies
[ SSS | ELH | HA ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Creative Corners
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Mouse Pad Insert
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Bar Magnet
[ SSS | ELH ]
*Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat
[ SSS | ELH ]
Gina K Connect Glue
[ SSS | GNK ]
T-Ruler
[ SSS | ELH ]
Tim Holtz Trimmer
[ SSS ]
Microfiber Cloth
[ SSS ]
Therm O Web Purple Tape
[ SSS | ELH ]
Tonic Crystal Glaze
[ SSS ]
Gina K Jet Black Amalgam Ink
[ SSS | GNK ]
Gina K Sea Glass Dye Ink
[ SSS | GNK ]
Gina K Jelly Bean Green Ink
[ SSS | GNK ]
Gina K Blue Lagoon Ink
[ SSS | GNK ]
Gina K Applemint Ink
[ SSS | GNK ]
Gina K Passionate Pink Ink
[ SSS | GNK ]
Gina K Sweet Mango Ink
[ SSS | GNK ]
Hero Arts Soft Pool Ink
[ SSS | HA ]
Tsukineko Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink
[ SSS | ELH ]
Gina K Jelly Bean Green Envelopes
[ GNK ]
Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock
[ SSS ]
White Craft Foam
[ SSS ]
Altenew Adhesive
[ SSS | ALTN ]
Sizzix Big Shot Express
[ SSS ]
Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pens
[ SSS | ELH ]
Anti Static Powder Bag
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Heat Gun
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Ultrafine Clear Embossing…
[ SSS ]


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52 thoughts on “Creative Uses of Background Stamps”

  1. What a great idea for background stamps! Thank you for sharing this crafty idea. Every time I watch one of your videos I can’t wait to get upstairs into my cozy craft corner and CRAFT! Thank you for the inspirational ideas. I especially love the stamp set you used (Jane’s Doodles BLESS YOUR HEART Clear Stamp Set 743269). We need more stamp sets like this for encouragement and to remember what truly is important in this life. So happy to see you incorporate this stamp set into these cards!
    ~Antoinette

  2. Hi Jennifer!
    What a great technique! I have some background stamps that can be used to accomplish this technique. I love how you used different colors on each of the cards. It gives them such a bright and cheerful look. Thanks for sharing your hard work!

  3. Wanted to let you know how much I learn from every video you make. You are (by far) my favorite crafter. You go to so much trouble to explain everything you’re doing, how you’re doing it & why (to make it easier for us & we can be successful). Your attention to detail is amazing. I love that you also reference every product you’re using & a link to where we can find it. So… THANK YOU…please know that this novice greatly appreciates your hard work!!!

  4. Thanks for thinking up these great techniques for sharing with us. The cards are beautiful and I love the sentiments!

  5. Hey Jennifer…everything (and I mean everything) you create, you do so with such cleverness and then to top it all off, you make such wonderful cards! You truly are a gifted woman, in many ways! Your kindness is truly appreciated my dear!

  6. These are so creative and awesome! Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas in your videos. Love to see what you create!!

  7. Very clever… very cool. The cards you made are all awesome. Can’t wait to give this a try. TFS another inspirational idea and how-top video!!

  8. You ROCKED IT AGAIN! I am amazed, really amazed, at how you come up with so many awesome ideas without ever pushing a product, designer or company. I love that you show different ways to achieve the same results. You are one fantastic artist!

  9. Wow, thanks for the great tips using our background stamps. So neat using them in different ways to create unique designs for our cards. Love the matching envelopes, too!

  10. Wow, this is realy a bunch of idea’s! Thanks for the time and effort Jennifer to make this great video. I love the way you stretch again your/our supplies and the Envelope Mail Art Stamp will certainly be at the top of my wishlist.

  11. Loved your video and appreciate all you share with us crafters. I had received this striped background set from Gina K. recently and can’t wait to try out some of your ideas. Have to stop everything when I see a Jennifer McGuire video has come out; thanks!

  12. Jennifer! Absolutely incredible! My brain is gonna explode with all of your awesome techniques and this is no exception…totally ingenious! I so look forward to your videos each week! Thank you for being YOU!!

  13. I watched this video with my grand-girl snuggled up beside me and we both are itching to try this technique. I “got” it with the first examble, but really understood the beauty of this technique as you went through more examples. Thank you so much. (The grand-girl sends thanks too!)

  14. This makes me look at background stamps in a whole new way! Love all the different ideas you showed. I really appreciate the thorough instructions you give. It makes it so much easier to learn. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Thank you for a further stretch of my stash video& for talk my the time to explain every step, always enjoy it when you think of extra ideas x

  16. These cards are so awesome, Jennifer! You always come up with some amazing techniques that I have never seen, and your videos are so clear and understandable that I feel I can replicate your ideas myself!~ Thank you for your ever-inspiring videos!

  17. Love all your ideas for background stamps. Your cards are great! Thanks. I always look forward to watching your videos.

  18. A great new way to stamp cleanly and in the exact place I want to stamp. So much information and great new ideas.

  19. Only a wee bit of time for the computer today and this is always one of the first places I come. I don’t have time to finish the video today, but you can be sure I will. I have to tell you that I do like these techniques, but what I am wild about is your use of faith themed stamps! Love, love, love them. My wish list is out of control! Thank you for sharing these!

  20. I am looking for an older video of yours in which you take dies and make them into embossings. Can you help me with a date or location of that video? Thank you

  21. I am looking for an older video of yours in which you take dies and make them into embossings. Can you help me with a date or location of that video? Thank you

  22. Those were some very good tips, especially with the pencil lines on the back. That must be your engineering background that made you think of that but how helpful is that to get a perfect result. Thanks you once again for all you do.

  23. Awesome, fun, beautiful cards once again! I so enjoy watching your videos and being inspired. Thanks for all the work you do to make them so great! I admire your creativity and can’t wait to make some more cards.

  24. Hi. I am trying to sign up for your Blog posts, but keep getting the message, “oops, something went wrong…” Advice please.

  25. These cards are ah-some and ah-mazing. I love how you’ve used the background stamps. Thanks for the very detailed tutorial. I can’t wait to give these a try.

  26. I cannot believe how perfectly your stripes line up in that first card. My first three attempts were, shall we say, somewhat less successful. LOL Tomorrow is another day! Practice, practice, practice…

  27. I think the engineer in you is showing! And the way you wield that t-square! You got it all goin’ on! Thank you so much for sharing your brilliance. I love your ideas. And you find the best stamps! So much encouragement in them! Thanks for everything!

  28. Thank you for all the wonderful ideas you shared in this video. Your cards are wonderful, and I’m looking forward to checking my background stamps for some that would work well with this technique.

  29. Wow! What fantastic ideas for lining up background stamps and using them to create one layer cards! And a great way to get more use from our background stamps. Your creativity never ceases to amaze and your video makes it look so easy to do. My head is spinning with ideas and I’m sure I’ll have even more when I start looking through my background stamps. Thanks!

  30. Such a simple idea, that gives that special look to each card. Thanks!!!
    You are the best when it comes to card stamping ideas. I also see the engineer in you with your organized stamping. Keep on making your beautiful cards! we love them.

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