Stamping tone on tone background

Stamping tone on tone background

Can you believe it is April already! Where is the time going? However, with April comes a new magazine of Docrafts Creativity and this issue featured the new Project Design Team 2017 annoucement, so that was great to see a little picture of me in a magazine. It will be a fun crafty year designing for them! Today I am showing you a really easy and quick card which you can change up and personalise to any occasion and is easy to reproduce. Stamping tone on tone can highlight a background pattern without it overbearing on the main feature of the card. 

Materials required:

  • Colour paper
  • Ink - colour should be a darker shade of colour to your paper. If you dont have a darker shade, you can also you versmark for this step - after all it is a watermark ink! The ink I used was Hero Arts Mulled wine. I used a dye ink so I didn't have to heat set my ink to emboss the featured stamp. 
  • Acryclic stamp block or a stamping platform
  • A range of stamps to create a background -make sure you have a variety of sizes and miscellanous stamps to fill in gaps. 
  • Embossing ink - I used Versamark ink
  • Embossing powder - I used WOW super brilliant white.
  • Heat gun
  • Fun foam
  • Card base - This card was 6"1/2 x 5"
  • Double sided adhesive tape

Step 1:

Arrange your stamps out on a piece of paper. Once you are happy with the arrangement place your acrylic block over the top of the stamps to adhered them to the block. If you have a stamping platform you can layout it out in this and when happy close the door to pick up the stamps. 

If you will want one stamp to be embossed and you are not using a stamping platform, remove this stamp from the acrylic block before stamping. If you leave this in, you may not be able to align your stamp up again over the stamped image when you come to emboss. 

Step 2:

Apply a good coverage of ink over your stamps. If you have any new stamps that have a fairly large block of colour it may be worthwhile to stamp this off a few times onto a piece of paper first or file slightly with a nail file. This will help dye inks to give a more even coverage. 

Step 3:

If you have an embossing anti static buddy, apply this over your paper. This will stop the embossing powder adhering to unwanted areas in step 4.

Apply versamark to the one stamp to create a feature to the card. Using your stamping platform and without moving the paper,  re-stamp in the same position.

If you are using acrylic blocks, stamp using versamark ink the stamp you removed in step one in the blank area. 

Step 4:

Cover with embossing powder and heat set with a gun.

Step 5:

Trim down the paper to your card base, I kept a 1/4" border around this card. Cut a pice of fun foam down to smaller then the background and apply to the back with double sided tape. Apply further double sided tape to the back of the foam and apply to the card base. 

This was such a quick and easy card, using multiple stamps to create a unique personal background. This can allow you to mix up stamp sets and use old stamps you haven't used for a long time! 

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