Hi there! So glad you popped by. Today's post shows how easy it is to make your own sentiment stamped background. This card uses second generation stamping to help create depth and variety within the background.
If you have not heard of this before, 1st generation stamping refers to the first stamp straight from after inking. The 2nd generation stamping, is stamping a 2nd time following the first stamping without re-inking between. This gives a faded/slightly muted version of the initial stamp.
I felt this was a great technique to use as it prevents the background overtaking the whole card and distracting from the other elements added. Shall we get started then?
Materials required for Sentiment stamped background:
- Sentiment stamps - I used stamps from Concord & 9th's Hooray Stamp set.
- Additional decorative stamps - Again I used the same Concord& 9th Stamp set.
- Acrylic blocks
- Ink - I used Clearly Kelly Vibrant Dye ink - Navy from Hero Arts.
- Embossing powers - Papermania Gold and WOW! Embossing Powders Platinum
- Card base measuring at 7" X 5
- Scrap card-stock in a corresponding colour
- Gold string
- Adhesive foam pads
- Clear tape
- Tonic Nuvo drops - Morning Dew and Midnight Blue
Sentiment stamped background Card details:
To create the sentiment background I used a mixture of 1st generation and 2nd generation stamping. To give additional variety, I used two sentiment stamps along with a small decorative stamp. Once you get into the hang of doing this, it is a fairly easy and quick process. It perhaps took 5-10 minutes to create this background.
To add dimension to the card, I used the square striped stamp on blue card stock and heat embossed this. I used two colours of embossing powders to mimic the tonal change in the stamping. In addition, I also heat embossed the 'Hooray' stamp and fussy-cut this out.
I foam mounted these squares onto the card, offset to one side creating an interesting composition. In addition, I double foam mounted two squares to give depth and dimension to the embossed strip. To help draw the eye down to the main sentiment of the card, I crossed and tied two stands of gold string around the embossed strip. These were adhered to the inside of the card with clear tape.
The sentiment was foam mounted on top of the string. I positioned it so they crossover of the strand was by the sentiment, helping lead the eye down.
To finish off the card, I added several Tonic Nuvo drops to the background in a mixture of Morning Dew and Midnight blue. You could always use enamel dots or sequins if you don't have Tonic Nuvo Drops.
One last thing........
Although this card has few different techniques to it, it came together in no time. You can always apply these techniques to a variety of paper-crafts. I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know in the comments below!
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