How to Make Your Own Patterned Paper With a Stamp

Posted by Chrissie Tobas

Do you have a background stamp, but just aren't sure what to do with it? Learn to use it to create your own patterned paper!

Do you have a background stamp, but just aren't sure what to do with it? Learn to use it to create your own patterned paper!

Supplies You Will Need:

  • Versafine Onyx Black Ink
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Lawn Fawn Circle Stackables Die Cuts
  • Avery Elle Hello Chum Stamp & Die set
  • Thermoweb XL Tape Runner
  • Distress Ink Salty Ocean
  • Distress Ink Broken China
  • Acrylic Block
  • Paintbrush
  • Prima French Rivera Stamp
  • Waterbrush
  • MISTI Stamping Tool or Fiskars Stamp Press (Optional)
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Lay out your stamp using the MISTI tool or an acrylic block. Stamp it multiple times on white cardstock, to create a large pattern. I stamped using Distress Ink because it reacts with water and I want this pattern to look like it is part of the ocean!

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Flick water onto the stamped image. Also, using the same ink, ink up an acrylic block and using a bursh and water (or a waterbrush), flick some color onto the stamped waves. Allow to dry or use a heat gun to speed up the process.

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With all of the water droplets, this image is looking like real waves! Trim it down to 4.25 inches wide. I also split it into two pieces: one piece was about 0.25 inches and the other was about 0.75 inches tall. This is optional; you can leave it as one wider strip if you choose.

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Die cut a circle out of white cardstock. Bend the sentiments to fit into the curve of the circle. This is one huge benefit of clear stamps - they can bend or even be cut in half, unlike wood mounted rubber stamps. Stamp sentiments in black ink on the top and bottom of the circle. Heat emboss using clear powder. Then, stamp the shark in the center and color it in using Spectrum Noir markers.

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Stamp out images and color them in using Spectrum Noir Markers. Then, trim them out (or use coordinating die cut, if you have it!).

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Now it's time to start assembling the card! Rip a piece of vellum and lay that down first. Then place our stamped paper strips over it. Add the circle, then all of the images we colored in. I used foam for the main circle and a few smaller pieces, just to add some simple dimension.

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Group everyhing together in the lower right corner. This draws attention to that amazing patterned strip we created. And, by adding multiple layers of different stocks (stamped image, vellum), along with different smaller elements that we colored in, there is so much interest added to the card!

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Happy Crafting!