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.
- 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!