Friday, December 15, 2017

A Year of Card Techiques: Stamp Your Background

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Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas. This month we’re going to stamp our own background for a unique customized look. 
Hopefully, we’ll inspire you to try one yourself.  If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:
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We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today.  Since this is our last A Year Of Card Techniques hop and the holiday season is just around the corner, we are going to give you some extra time to hop!  The winner will be announced on Saturday, December 30, 2017 on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to check her blog on Sunday. The winner will have until January 6, 2018 to claim their prize.  If you would like to be notified by email, please leave your email address in the comments.

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I have a few stamped backgrounds for you today.  This first one is a floral background. 

Some sequins and a pop of black elements, and a finished card. 
This next one has two versions with one sentiment.  

Again, same card . . . different sentiments and layout of sentiment and sequins.  

 This next one is black and white with a pop of color . . . color as in glitter. 

I used some metallic thread behind the sentiment.  I do love how this one turned out.  

And then of course, for the holiday . . . this mint stamp.  I used one color of ink and stamped off to get the variation of color. 

One additional note on this one . . . after stamping all the mints, I flipped the stamp and used the back of the acrylic image to stamp a circle of Versamark over each of the mints.  I embossed with a sparkling clear embossing powder.  

Now you’re off to visit with Wilma at Stampin' to the Oldies.  Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by.

I hope you find some time to stamp and try out this technique.  

Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost:

Supplies Used - You Are Amazingly Amazing
Stamps:  Lovely Flowers Stamp Set (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Sunset, Topiary, Lagoon, Gypsy Inks (Close To My Heart), Black (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah), Licorice (The Stamps of Life), Orange Peel (Bazzill)
Accessories:  Lovely Flowers and Banners Dies (Catherine Pooler Designs) and Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Supplies Used - Love Always and Beautiful You
Stamps:  Beautiful You (Catherine Pooler)
Ink: It's a Girl, Bellini, Garden Party, and Pixie Dust (Catherine Pooler Inks); Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Paper:  Lucky Limeade (Stampin' Up); Licorice (The Stamps of Life); Solar White (Neenah)
Accessories:  Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger)

Supplies Used - Leave a Little Sparkle
Stamps:  Flip Flop Stamp (Dab a Little); Born to Sparkle (Wow!)
Ink: Black (Hero Arts); Versamark
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Black (Bazzill)
Accessories:  White Embossing Powder (Hero Arts); Silver Thread (Darice); Scallop Punch (Fiskars); Fine Glitter (The Stamps of Life)

Supplies Used - Sugar and Spice
Stamps:  Mint Stamp (Dab a Little); Candy Cane Lane Stamp Set (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Rockin' Red (Catherine Pooler) and Versamark
Paper:  Marshmallow (Bazzill); Licorice (The Stamps of Life);
Accessories:  White Embossing Powder (Hero Arts); Sparkling Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh);


  1. Debbie great backgrounds flowers are always one of my favorites too, but I love the cute flip-flops. Very nice job and thank you so much for hopping along with us this year

  2. These cards are great. I really like the flip-flop card but I'm sure it has nothing to do with all the snow on the ground outside right now and the fact that I am longing for summer, lol. Thanks for participating in the AYOCT hops this year.

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  3. I love your cards! Have a Merry Christmas!!

  4. super cute, love the arrow, love the flip flops!


  5. What a smart idea to flip the mint stamp to add the circles! I'll bet that is even more gorgeous in real life.

  6. Thanks for sharing your secret on using the back of a stamp to apply Versamark over an image before apply sparkling clear embossing powder. Good choice of ink colors on each of the floral backgrounds.

  7. These are fantastic! Each one so cheerful and colorful. You're proof positive you can stamp your own background for ANY occasion. Merry Christmas to you!