Stamp Your Own Background Paper
Did you know that it’s really easy (and fun!) to stamp your own background paper to use on your cards and scrapbook pages? Stampin’ Up! has lots of beautiful designer series papers but sometimes you need or want a particular combination of colors and it’s easy to create your own. This is the card that my stampers will be creating for the make-n-take today at Cottage Crafts in San Jose:
This pattern and color combination was inspired by a project I found online by fellow stamper, Mary Brown. I used a strip of Whisper White cardstock (2 3/4″ x 5 1/2″) and stamped the flower images from “Simple Stems” in Summer Starfruit, Smoky Slate and Black Stazon. This was actually the 3rd attempt before I was happy with the random placement of the stamped images. Random stamping should be easy but for me, it usually takes a few times before I get it just right Hey, it’s only paper! Allow yourself to make mistakes or fuss a bit till you get it the way you like and then use that as a template or guide for the rest of the cards.
I layered the newly stamped background paper to a base of Whisper White (8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″) and added some silver elements: Rhinestones and Silver Ribbon. The greeting is from the “A Dozen Thoughts” stamp set and is one of my favorite greetings. I love the font and that greeting really encourages us to send cards “just because” 😉
I added the Silver Ribbon in two pieces. One piece goes all the way around the front of the card with the ends adhered to the left side with Glue Dots. I then tied a separate knot and added it with a Glue Dot directly over ends of the first piece. This will give you a less lumpy card and is a really easy way to have the look of a tied knot with much less fuss.
I still add a layer of Whisper White (4″ x 5 1/4″) to the inside of the card to sturdy it up a bit since the Whisper White cardstock is thinner than our colored cardstock.
Do you notice how solid the larger Summer Starfruit flowers are? That’s partly due to the firm foam ink pads (they are super easy to ink up stamps – just tap, tap – no mashing) but mostly because of the smoothness of the Whisper White cardstock.
I hope you enjoyed today’s project and will be inspired to stamp your own background paper for your greeting cards and scrapbook pages!