Welcome to this snowy Wednesday morning!! Or at least it is in our neck of the woods! A perfect day to get caught up on things I didn’t get to yesterday. The housekeeper was coming to clean, so it was a push to get everything picked up and out of her way so she could clean. Then it was on to finishing up the Valentine card kits and getting them in the mail before the snow hit. Blogging was 3rd on the list but by the time I had those done I was toast and just needed a baby fix. Today it’s on to background stamps, our project for Stamp ‘n Sip, and trying my hand at the cutest paper crafting thing I’ve seen in a while!!! That’s my reward IF I get my work done!
Using Your Background Stamp For A Small Focus Area
I needed a sympathy card so turned to the colors of Flirty Flamingo and Gray Granite. Majority of us use our background stamps for the entire mat, but if you look at my card above you will see I have the stacked stone background stamp in just the center of the mat. How is that possible?
FYI – I’m not quite sure about these blooms. They are intricately embossed die cuts that are included in the die package but they don’t coordinate with a stamp perfectly. I love the image up close, so included the picture above to show you the detail. Blooms were cut out of Flirty Flamingo, then I used a sponge dauber to add color with Flirty Flamingo and Poppy Parade inks. The final touch was Wink Of Stella.
You will need a stamp spot from our kits OR an uninked stamp spot to add the color to the background stamp in the center. Our ink pads are too large for this purpose. Keep in mind you want a small area – it’s easy to get a heavy hand and before you know it you are the size of the actual card mat!!!
Using a new sponge dauber go around the outside of the inked area and feather out the ink, lifting some of the ink at the same. When I felt I had the outside area ready, I then went back to the middle of the inked area and softened the color on the middle area of the ink patch. Remember – outside of the inked area first, then the inside. Otherwise, you will have too much ink on the dauber to soft the edges.
I’m an ORGANIZED CHAOS sort of person – I don’t have to have everything perfectly organized if it’s contained, so this basket of ink spots from past Paper Pumpkin kits and our all incluside kits line works perfect for me! They are contained and when I need one which isn’t often I can quickly look. (Actually, this is my second basket of those ink spots! They add up quickly when you have a monthly Paper Pumpkin subscription!)
I’ll be back tomorrow with a fun way to use background stamps WITH DIES! Until then, keep stamping and crafting, stay safe tucked up at home while the snow flies, and God Bless!!!Product List