How to Stretch Your Background Stamps

by Virginia Lu

Hello friends! This is Virginia here.  I have a super fun yet simple project to share.  This time I am sharing how I created my own paper with background stamps such as “Graphic Brushstrokes”. You may not see the obvious use of this stamp set in my finished card. However, once you see my project, you will totally get it! I am using “Pleasant Pansy 3D Die” to illustrate my example.


To start, I stamped “Graphic Brushstrokes” with various colors of blue. This was easily made possible with our blue ink collection (Deep Blue Seas, Cool Summer Night, and Lapis Lazuli). You can use any Altenew ink for this purpose.


As you can see, I stamped the brushstrokes in various shades of blue and then I die cut the “Pleasant Pansy 3D Die”. This process helped in creating the organic look on the pansy's petals. Based on the colors, I strategically die cut the various size of the petals. You can also use the one solid Brushstrokes stamp (included in this set) to stamp ANY color of your choice for the flowers and leaves.


For the leaves and stems, I simply inked up the green (from Spring Bouquet) onto white cardstock. By following the insert, I was able to assemble the pansy without any problems.


My next step was to stamp a “frame” for the pansy. The versatile “Dot Art Stamp Set” is great for stamping any type of background or borders. I stamped the “thank you” sentiment with Obsidian Pigment Ink and the corner stripes in Gray Denim.


I chose muted tones for the background so that the pansy's color would stand out. With solid stamps like “Graphic Brushstrokes”, you can create any colors of petals for 3D dies like “Rose Flurries 3D Die Set”, “Fantasy Floral 3D Die” and Garden Picks 3D Die Set.

I hope that you enjoy today's dose of inspiration here at the Altenew Card Blog. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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Linda BL August 24, 2019 - 11:06 AM

The. Graphic Brushstroke set was perfect for making the die pieces for the pansy. Such a nice way to make custom paper for card making! The gray stripes really frame the pansy nicely and go well with the other stamped elements from the Dot Art set.

barbara lassiter August 24, 2019 - 11:27 AM

Your subtle background created from Dot Art set really makes the beautifully colored pansies using the Graphic Brushstroke set the star on this card. Thanks for the reminder to look at our stamps beyond the obvious!

Lagene August 24, 2019 - 11:44 AM

Lovely card, I love the painted flower parts!

Denise Bryant August 24, 2019 - 11:48 AM

Love these pretty pansies!

Greta H August 24, 2019 - 11:51 AM

Great ideas, Virginia–beautiful card!

conil August 24, 2019 - 1:03 PM

You’re right, You can’t even tell you used the Brushstoke set in the finished product. Quick and easy way to get the multi-colored effect on diecuts. Love the way you framed the pansy, it looks very classy.

Cindy C. August 24, 2019 - 2:13 PM

Wonderful! You’ve created such lovely subtle background for the Pansy!!

Vikki H August 24, 2019 - 3:24 PM

So many design tips for us to use! Thanks for the beautiful card and post, Virginia!

Vikki H August 24, 2019 - 3:25 PM

Fabulous ideas for your beautiful card, Virginia! Thanks so much!

dawnnz August 24, 2019 - 7:51 PM

superb idea to add some added dimension to the die petals Virginia. Really an amazing card. Love the framing as well.

donna mikasa August 24, 2019 - 11:45 PM

Such a creative way to use the Graphic Brushstroke stamp, Virginia! I can’t wait to try this fantastic idea!

Kim Skinner August 25, 2019 - 11:20 AM

Virginia, This is stunning! I absolutely love the dimension you created on this flower with the brushstroke background and the mix of blues. Your clever use of the background stamps makes this card a work of art and it makes those background stamps give us way more bang for our crafting budgets! Thank you for sharing your process!

Sue D August 25, 2019 - 9:05 PM

Cute pansy and I like the background and the framing.

Jan Metcalf August 26, 2019 - 7:59 AM

Love how you used the Dots Arts frame for your pretty pansy Virginia!

Donna Gourley August 26, 2019 - 1:47 PM

Very nice!


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