Using Background Stamps as Focal Images

For today’s card, I thought I would share a technique I’ve used many times over the years for creating holiday cards. While the card I’m sharing today was a bit labor intensive due to all the Copic coloring, you can easily skip that part to create quick and easy cards by using a background stamp to create the focal image for your design.

Mel's Card Corner | Using Background Stamps as Focal Images

For today’s card, I used the new Vintage Baubles background stamp from Catherine Pooler Designs. I absolutely adore this stamp set because the images remind me of the glass ornaments my grandmother used to put on her Christmas tree every year.

I stamped the images on a piece of white cardstock using Black Amalgam Ink from Gina K. Designs. After letting the ink dry a bit, I colored all the ornaments using a variety of Copic markers then filled in the background using the B0000 marker. After the coloring was done, I added a coat of Clear Overlay Sparkle pen from Crafter’s Companion to each ornament then topped that with a coat of Glossy Accents.

Mel's Card Corner | Using Background Stamps as Focal Images

For the sentiment, I stamped one of the sentiments from the Holiday Messages stamp set from Mama Elephant. I stamped it on a piece of Lipstick Red cardstock from Simon Stays Stamp (SSS) using VersaMark ink then added some Opaque Bright White Super Fine embossing powder from Wow. I melted the powder using my heat tool then die cut the sentiment using the smallest banner from the Stitched Banners Dies from SSS. It was a bit longer than I wanted, so I lined the stitches up in the die again and ran it through to shorter the banner.

To assemble the card, I created a landscape card base from heavyweight white cardstock. I adhered the focal panel using liquid glue to a mat of the same Lipstick Red cardstock I used for the sentiment banner. I adhered the matted focal panel to the card base using some Big Momma foam tape from SSS then adhered the sentiment banner to focal image using the same foam tape.

I’m entering this card in the following challenge(s):

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I hope you enjoyed the project I’ve shared. Until next time …

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