Make It Monday | Creating Backgrounds with small stamps

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This is technique that I use often to get the most out of the small stamps we often find in our stamp sets, using those small stamps to create fabulous backgrounds for our cards. I have a heap of this type of card in planning (mostly still in my head, but I’m sure they will find their way onto the blog at some point!)

Make It Monday video tutorial creating backgrounds will small stamps featuring Endless Thanks from Stampin' Up!

There are several techniques going on on this card. Firstly, I am still obsessed with Masking (class coming soon!) before I got to creating my own background. I first stamped the Thank You from Endless Thanks in Basic Grey, and then stamped it again onto a sticky note. This sticky note then became a Mask as I punched out the Thank You with a 1 3/8″ circle punch. The second mask was a strip of sticky note tape laid on the diagonal across the card.

Enjoy the video tutorial, and keep watching for me making a mistake as per usual! I think I recovered it pretty well though….

The key to making backgrounds with small stamps is the order in which you stamp. I find the easiest way to do this is stamp the largest image first, and the use smaller and smaller stamps to fill in the gaps. I do of course break this rule in my video tutorial, however there is a reason for my madness! I stamped the Watermelon Wonder flowers first, and then the Crushed Curry ones, before I went back to a larger stamp (the leaves) to fill in the gaps –  the reason being that I didn’t want all the leaves to be the same length. I used more masked to cover the flowers, and allow me to stamp shorter leaves.

Make it Monday Endless Thanks small stamps background using Stampin' Up! products


Card Base – Island Indigo – Half A4, folded in half

Basic Grey – 13.8 x 9.5 cm

Whisper White – 13.3 x 9 cm

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