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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 ]