Background Stamping Technique

By | December 11, 2017

The background stamping technique isn’t new to the stamping world.  It’s one of the first techniques I learned as a beginner stamper.  It’s easy to do and doesn’t requite lots of supplies.

We sometimes get so excited about the latest new creative tool or gadget that we forget about the basics. But, sometimes it’s good to go back the the basics.

The background stamping technique requires only THREE things….stamps, ink and paper.

Here’s a card that shows how the background stamping technique can be used.

Background Stamping Technique

Project Notes:

I used Island Indigo color on color stamping to create the snowflake background on this card.   Snowflake Sentiments stamp set (Wood 144817, Clear 144820) was used for this.

Snowman image is in the Seasonal Chums stamp set (Wood 144945, Clear 144948).


Notes about the background stamping technique:

  • Start in the middle of the card front and work out towards the edges.  I wasn’t too concerned about making sure the center was filled in on this card because I knew the sentiment would cover that area.  I focused on the card edges on this card.
  • Make sure to stamp some of the images off the edges of the cardstock.  This makes it look like the card front is actually part of a larger piece that has been cut.
  • Because I was stamping directly on the folded card base, I had to protect the non-stamped half of my card.  I laid it flat and folded a piece of grid paper over that area to protect it.  Here’s a photo (the folded grid paper piece is on the left):

Background Stamping Technique


Here’s one more card I made using the background stamping technique:

Background Stamping Technique



I made a video demonstrating this technique several years ago.  The stamp set in the video is no longer available, but the technique will work with any image!!  (Sorry about the music volume at the beginning.  I was still learning about video editing.)

Well, there you have the background stamping technique.  It’s a great technique to use with many different stamped images.  I hope that you consider trying this technique the next time you have a card to create.


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4 thoughts on “Background Stamping Technique

  1. Susan Baker

    Recently made some home-stamped background paper. Sure wish I’d have had your tips before I did it. Now I know how to make it better next time. Thanks!

    1. Deb Hoekstra Post author

      I’m happy to hear that you found my tips helpful. Thanks for your comment!!

    1. Deb Hoekstra Post author

      It’s fun to make your own backgrounds…allows you to customize your cards.


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