How To Spotlight a Bold Background Stamp

Posted by Dana Joy
Let's use those background floral stamps to add some flower power to your next card. Keep it simple and let your flowers do the talking. Ready, set, let's go!

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This is the time of year where flowers are in bloom everywhere. Their shades are endless. Let's use those background floral stamps to add some flower power to your next card. Keep it simple and let your flowers do the talking. Ready, set, let's go!

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  • Hero Arts Mounted Rubber Stamp 4.5"X5.75"-Everything Flowers
  • Derwent Watercolor Pencils 24-Color Set
  • Versamark Clear Ink
  • Canson XL Watercolor Paper Pad - 9 x 12
  • Embossing Heat Tool W/Stand
  • Ranger Black Embossing Powder
  • Tim Holtz Detail Water brush
  • Uni-ball Impact Bold White Gel Pen
  • Fiskars Paper Trimmer
  • Paper Accents 8.5" x 11" Cardstock Variety Pack - Fruit Salad
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Background flower stamps are a great way to add flower power to your cards in a big way. I'm using the Everything Flowers background stamp from Hero Arts today. You can use any large floral background stamp you have in your collection. The bigger the design the better especially if you want to add a punch of color like today's card. Using watercolor paper is best for this technique as I want to color in a few of my flowers with Derwent Watercolor Pencils. Working with these pencils really allows you to build up your color.

Stamp your image in versamark and then sprinkle on some colorful or black embossing powder. You can also stamp in a pigment black ink and then emboss with clear embossing powder. Totally up to you. Suggestion, if you are using colored embossing powder make sure to use a static powder bag so your embossing powder doesn't stick on places you don't want it to. I didn't need it for my black embossing powder this time.

Once you have heated up the embossing powder you are now ready to color. You can use watercolors, inks, color pencils, etc.The colors in these mediums are endless. I enjoy watercoloring as it's very forgiving if you know what I mean. If you mess a color up, just add more water to that area and pick the color up with a paper towel. Instead of coloring all of the flowers on your background, just pick a few. This way your card panel will really pop. This is called spot lighting an image. Such a cool technique that looks amazing especially on black and white cards.

Now that your coloring is complete, add some interest by cutting the panel in half and trimming it down to fit a card front. Glue your two pieces down on a red piece of card stock leaving a slight border around the edge. You can place a sentiment in between the two cut panels now. This will eliminate the need to figure out where to place your sentiment would go. You could leave the floral panel as one piece and attached your sentiment with another piece of card stock if you prefer. Attach the entire red card panel onto a blank white card base.

To bring some focus to your sentiment, you can use a white gel pen to add some dots or lines. I love doing this as it just adds another element to your card. It's super easy to do and doesn't take up any "real" space on your card.

Using your background stamps in different ways really shows the versatility of the products you have in your craft space. Remember you don't always have to color the entire area on a background image. Spotlighting just an area of your image is very striking and pleasing to the eye.