Incredible DIY Background You Will Love to Try

by Virginia Lu

Hello, Altenew friends! This is Virginia here. I am excited to share three projects that I created with Dots and Boxes Stamp Set.  At first glance, this stamp set may not look too impressive. After all, they are just dots and boxes! However, I beg to differ and am asking you to take a closer look at this amazing background stamp.

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Card 1

Let's get started with a bright floral card. I stamped the You Are Beautiful Stamp & Die Bundle with the new ink: Nature Wonders Crisp Oval Set and Martian Terrain Crisp Oval Set. And boy, the colors are absolutely exquisite.

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To add a touch of elegance, simply emboss Dots and Boxes Stamp Set with Rose Gold Crisp Embossing Powder on Vellum Translucent Paper.

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As you can see, this DIY overlay will work beautifully with any floral images.  The “happy birthday” sentiment from Essential Strips Sentiment Die makes this a lovely birthday card.

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The Warm and Cozy Enamel Dots complements the Dots and Boxes perfectly.

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Card 2

Next up, I applied Pure White Embossing Powder to Dots & Boxes. This time, I highlighted the background with the Northern Shore Crisp Dye Ink. I find adding a gradient effect is the key to make the images pop. The Emboss Resist Technique never gets old.

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I took out the Rounded Rectangle Die Set and cut out the center. For the subtle dimensions, I added two more die-cut pieces. With the Large Ink Blending Tool, it was easy to create an awesome background.

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I then stamped the “Warm Blessings” and adhered the die-cut penguins (stamped in Obsidian Pigment Ink).

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Card 3

This fun birthday card is extra fun thanks to the colorful background. I started out stamping the striped Dots and Boxes in various colors.

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Since I have a piece of extra cardstock with the Ornamental Feature 3D Embossing Folder, I positioned the Layered Gift Tag -Cake Die Set over the card stock and made the die-cut. You can see the subtle textures on the cake! Isn't that cool?

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Instead of using the cake die set as a tag, I popped the smallest floral images from Watercolor Garden Layering Dies over the cake.

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To top it off, I added Silver Metallic Thread and one enamel dot for the “icing on the cake”!

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I hope my 3 examples make you see the incredible possibilities that Dots and Boxes has to offer. You can absolutely use this stamp set to personalize your style and designs.

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Thank you so much for stopping by!

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10 comments

Cindy C. December 8, 2020 - 10:11

Your beautiful and inspring projects make me look at that background stamp in a whole different way!!

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Maureen Reiss December 8, 2020 - 10:15

I love this background stamp!!! Beautiful cards!!!

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Marilynn d-r December 8, 2020 - 10:51

Very beautiful cards. And yes, the dots and squares stamp makes a great background. Will work great for the mans cards.

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tara prince December 8, 2020 - 15:17

such gorgeous designs!

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Sharon Brand December 8, 2020 - 16:17

These are great! Pretty impressive for dots and boxes!

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dorothyayotte December 8, 2020 - 18:39

Lovely cards! I really like the dot squares background stamp!

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Linda BL December 9, 2020 - 01:15

Your cards really make one take a second look at the Dots and Boxes stamp. Love the embossing and emboss resist with the colors you chose. My favorite is the first card— lovely card! The penguin card is also a favorite.

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Patricia Wilson December 9, 2020 - 06:02

Interesting backgrounds. So pretty.

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Andre M. December 10, 2020 - 20:04

These background add just enough interest that allow the focal images to really shine on your cards.

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ksdejarn December 15, 2020 - 08:01

I LOVE these cards….and oh my, embossing on vellum! Perfection!

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