Stampin’ Up! new “Hardwood” background stamp

Posted by on February 8, 2014 in Featured, Greeting Cards | 0 comments

When I first saw the Hardwood background stamp from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog, my first thought was that I did not need another wood grain stamp.  So I didn’t order it.  But a funny thing happened – I kept seeing beautiful samples of this set everywhere!  Does that ever happen to you?  😉

This stamp has quickly become one of my favorites and I love how it looks with non-traditional background colors.  This first card was inspired by a stamping friend, Lyssa Zwolanek.

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I inked up the stamp with Baked Brown sugar and stamped it on Soft Sky cardstock.  With larger stamps, I like to leave the stamp on the table, face up, and ink it up by patting the ink pad all over the stamp.  I then lay the cardstock on top (being careful to line it up straight) and cover it with a piece of copy paper (to keep the ink from getting on my hands).  I hold the copy paper firmly on top of the cardstock with one hand while I rub over it with another hand to transfer the ink from the stamp to the cardstock.  I find that this helps me to line everything up easier and I get a more even application of ink.  I’ll post a video in the next few days for these cards and will show this technique.

I stamped the image from Lovely as a Tree in Baked Brown Sugar on Very Vanilla cardstock and layered it onto Baked Brown Sugar cardstock.  I added some paper-piercing to the top and used the Baked Brown Sugar marker to add in some stitching.  It looks like I’ve sewn on the cardstock, right?  I added this to the front of the card with Dimensionals.  The greeting is from the Wetlands stamp set.

I have a workshop tomorrow and wanted to give them a choice of a masculine or feminine card so here is the pink version 🙂


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I stamped the Hardwood background stamp again in the Baked Brown Sugar ink but this time on Blushing Bride cardstock.  The greeting and frame image is from the Sale-a-abration brochure and is called You’re Lovely.  That image has flowers but I covered them with different flowers from the Petite Petals stamp set.  I stamped them in Baked Brown Sugar ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and punched them out with the coordinating Petite Petals punch (both items are from the Occasions catatlog).  Tiny Pearls are added to the centers.  The stamped image and the cardstock layer underneath are both die-cut with the Deco Labels Collection Framelit and Big Shot.  A piece of Victoria Crochet ribbon is layered underneath the popped up greeting too.

If you would like to order the Stampin’ Up! Hardwood background stamp, just click the “Order Online” link to the right 🙂

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