Challenge: Background

I LOVE background stamps, and this week’s Simon Says Stamp & Show challenge is featuring them. Such fun!  Visit the blog to see all of the other creations and to enter. This week’s prize (as always) is a $50 voucher to Simon Says Stamp! The winner is randomly drawn – you can enter by posting to your blog, flickr, or other site too. See the blog for entry details and rules as usual.

I decided to make a background last (more on that in a moment) AND to use a stamp repeatedly in order to make it used like a background stamp! Whether I’m die cutting shapes, using just parts of them, or making my own – I’m definitely a fan of the background stamp.



Card background: Ink edges of card using foam blending tool. Ink the Big Ben stamp with distress ink, spritz lightly with water, stamp, and repeat four times.

“London” accent:

  • Stamp “London” with clear embossing ink, cover with embossing powder, and heat set on white cardstock.
  • Color stamp with distress stains, stamp so that the bottom of the flag stamp extends slightly beyond the word London. Allow to dry and wipe excess off of the letters.
  • use distress ink wiht a foam blending tool to color over the  entire image to make it appear aged.
  • Stamp the post mark stamps, then tear around edges of the (flag) stamped area before attaching to the card.

Finish the card by using a bit of red twine or thread, add a note (‘hello friend’) – and you’re ready to mail!


I love the trick with embossing (white) paper first, then adding a background. Such fun!

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11 thoughts on “Challenge: Background”

  1. May, this is a very pretty card! I love your faded Union Jack and how you’ve done that in conjunction with the bold LONDON previously stamped onto the white cardstock first. That looks so cool! Your repetition of Big Ben in the background really makes for a neat background look. Very nicely done! <3 Candy

  2. I love the repeated stamping in the background May and the brown gives it a real vintage feel too. The white embossed LONDON looks fabulous set against your faded Union Jack image. The red twine adds a real pop of colour too. Tracy x x

  3. I so love that you’ve used the Big Ben as a background stamp! Really beautiful! Seeing your card, makes me wish it was August. I’m going to London then! Hugs, Sandra

  4. Wow. Just wow. You used almost every piece in the stamp set! Great techniques, great card.

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