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  • Writer's pictureJules

Making a Background

Unity Stamp Co. recently issued a blog challenge asking you to use their background stamps or to make your own background using one of there stamps. I pulled the April 2017 Kit of the Month (a subscription pack) and was inspired to make not so "cute" valentine type card using this technique.

I started with Ranger Letter It Grey Cardstock. I stamped the typed heart randomly, filling the entire background. I then used black soot Distress Ink to flick slight dust the edges and flick onto the grey cardstock. I then stamped the same heart on Bristol smooth white paper. I used my copics in R59, RV29, R27 and R17 leaving a slight highlight in the upper right side of the heart. next, I stamped the sentiment with VersaMark on some scrap black cardstock and embossed it with white embossing powder.

Layering this all together, I trimmed the grey card stock to a 3.75" x 5" and backed it with black cardstock cut to 4" x 5.25". I then tore the edge of the sentiment to give it a distressed look. Adding to the distressed look I frayed the edges of the black cardstock backing the grey. Laying it together seemed undone, so I added a piece of white scrap paper under the sentiment and tied the heart with black string. This completed the first card.

For the second card, I used the same technique for the background, except I wanted to add a little fun with a white gel pen, and added dots around each heart. I used another sentiment from the same KOM, punching it out with a circular stitched die. A little red ribbon and some red sequins to add a little color and the second card is complete.

I hope you enjoyed this fun idea to give some of your smaller stamps a big impact on your next project. Thank you so much for following and feel free to leave some feedback on how you'll be using this technique.

Until next time... happy crafting!

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