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Use Your Stamp Pad Ink Refills for Backgrounds

Use Your Stamp Pad Ink Refills for Backgrounds

Do you already use your stamp pad ink refills for backgrounds?  If you do, give yourself a pat on the back!  But I think you know how SUPER satisfying it feels to get a LOT more LIFE from your craft supplies right?  

And if you haven’t tried this technique yet, let’s get you started so you can have awesome results like this.

pull'em out and use your stamp pad ink refills for backgrounds like this!

Don’t you just LUV this effect of on glossy paper?  So soft, subtle and smooth.  Almost bokeh-like. Just the perfect focal piece for the Petal Passion detailed thinlits framing the thank you greeting.

Now, while this piece has a quite light feeling with So Saffron, Powder Pink and Calypso Coral inks, look at how bold you you can get with different colours.

And every single background you make looks totally original.  In fact, if you get the EXACT same results twice I think it might rank right up there with the immaculate conception😮 as a miracle.  

use your stamp pad ink refills for backgrounds

Use Your Stamp Pad Ink Refills for Backgrounds

So you might think you need lots of supplies to create these fabulous backgrounds.  Not so!

  • Stamp pad ink refills – at least two coordinating colours, but not more than 4
  • Glossy white paper which you can get here (LINK)
  • Stampin’ Spritzer with clear water
  • A plastic page protector cut along the right side and bottom

And that’s it!  Here’s my video to show you the how-to.

grab and use your stamp pad ink refills for backgrounds

Here are my best TIPS to get started:

  1. Have lots of glossy cardstock cut and on hand so you don’t need to stop mid-spritz to cut more
  2. Cut your cardstock larger than you want for your finished piece
  3. Use LESS rather than more drops of ink refill.
  4. Give yourself several good spritzes of water to blend the ink refill drops for the subtle feel you see here
  5. “Mush” (that’s the technical word) your ink BEFORE you insert your paper
  6. Place your two pieces of glossy cardstock together with the glossy sides facing OUT

So now it’s up to you!  Make up a batch of backgrounds for cardmaking in a flash.  This is my colour inkspiration for this card.

use your stamp pad ink refills for backgrounds inspiration

And don’t forget, I want to see all those gorgeous backgrounds you create with your re-inkers. Feel free to send them to me.

Here’s everything I used to make this pretty thank you card in case you’d like to add some supplies to your own stash.

who says you can't use stamp pad ink refills for backgrounds?

Why not take a different look at your stamp supplies and stretch them SO much further? 

When you use your stamp pad ink refills for backgrounds like these, not only will you get a huge sense of accomplishment, you’ll have a TON of fun too.

A Fun Stamp Pad Ink Refills Background

A Fun Stamp Pad Ink Refills Background

Today I want to show you a fun stamp pad ink refills background my friend Janine created for her Merlin card.  It’s so cute, you’ll be pulling out your re-inkers to give it a shot right away!

a fun stamp pad ink refills background

Isn’t it awesome?  Those swirls and bursts of colour are just perfect with our little Merlin from the Magical Day stamp set.

And isn’t his expression priceless?  Sort of a bored, yet mischievous glint in the corner of his eye!  Janine coloured him with the Rich Razzleberry Blends and her Basic Gray marker.

Here’s a close up.

a fun stamp pad ink refills background

Want to make a fun stamp pad ink refills background?

Here’s how:

  1. Spritz Shimmery White cardstock with plain water
  2. Touch refill tips into the water and release a small amount of ink (she used So Saffron, Calypso Coral and Pumpkin Pie refills)
  3. Add more spritz if the ink doesn’t immediately flow
  4. (You can also lightly blow onto the wet ink/water mix to get it to move in the direction you want)
  5. Let cardstock dry completely.
  6. Stamp stars randomly over the bursts of colour for some magic dust!

What other details make this card work so well?

  • Merlin’s “crystal” ball which is one of the large clear faceted gems
  • fabulous mix of bold, fun colours
  • off-centred greeting stamped in two colours, on two colours of paper

Sadly, this fun set is retiring soon.  I’ve played around with it quite a bit this winter. So many mythical creatures…a unicorn, mermaid, white knight, a dragon great for Harry Potter and Dundgeons & Dragons fans!  But I love how the images work for ALL ages…from little tykes thrilled with mystical images…to older folks who still believe in magic 😉. 

If you’ve been sitting on the fence about this set or bundle, sit no longer!  It’ll soon be gone for good and I’d hate for you to miss out on bringing a little bit of make-believe to those you craft for.

And while you’re at it, why not pick up all the supplies Janine used to recreate this card at home?  Simply click on the image to order from me and it will ship directly to your house in about a week.  Thanks!

a fun stamp pad ink refills background

You might also love a couple more ideas for this fun bundle like my cool Wink of Stella dragon or my pretty unicorn tag gift box? 

And if you haven’t yet played around creating backgrounds with your re-inkers, here’s another thrity-second idea to get you inspired!

Once you start playing, you’re not going to want to stop – for anything!  Dinner, sleep, housework…heck who needs clean socks when you’re having so much fun?  And surely your twice-removed-second-cousin’s-great-aunt needs a card to celebrate her cat’s birthday doesn’t’ she?  🤣

Believe me, your re-inkers will dry up before you do!  Then you’ll have treated cardstock galore for all kinds of great handmade projects with such a fun stamp pad ink refill background! 

Paper Embossing Techniques with Ink Refills

Paper Embossing Techniques with Ink Refills

Let’s have some fun with paper embossing techniques with ink refills!  Want a super quick and easy effect with gorgeous results?  Look no further than your glossy paper, ink refills and water. 

Oh and this time, I added in some crisp white embossing powder in a bold image.  Stick around and I give you some  of my top tips to make this pretty card easier.  How about we take a peek?

Yesterday I shared the Annual Catalogue and Occasions retiring lists…and you noticed a huge number of ink refills are being retired…the whole line in fact.  Holy smokes, what’s going on?  There’s a few reasons:

  • The exciting colour revamp (read a whole bunch more about it here!)
  • A new refill formula has been developed with defoamer added so all those annoying little bubbles you get now when you re-ink your stamp pad won’t appear.  Plus the new formula will spread better.
  • Archival Basic Black and Gray are being retired since SU! was having difficulty in consistently creating a quality formula for this type of ink.  And since they always want to offer quality products for us to use and because they couldn’t feel confident they were producing this, they have chosen to retire both colours  (but the good news is, StazOn Jet Black is coming back!)

Does that mean your old refills aren’t good any longer?  Absolutely not!  You’re just going to want to make sure you have lots on hand for those favourite colours of stamp pads and for these paper embossing techniques with ink refills.  But I can’t stress enough!  Order early as quantities are only while supplies last.

So let’s take another view of this card.

paper embossing techniques with ink refills


You can see the exact steps for this technique in my video.  If you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, take a gander at how quick and easy it is.  You’ll be a pro in no time!

And here’s all the supplies you need for making awesome backgrounds exactly like this one.

Once you have your background created, the paper really just becomes heavier patterned paper.  And you already know what a lot of options we have for that!

One of my most popular posts showcased this beautiful Front & Centre Friday card made by my friend Kim.  So I wanted to show you another version of the same layout so you can see how easy it is to change things up for your own cards.

paper embossing techniques with ink refills

Here’s everything I used to make my three-panel birthday card.  The tropical (remind you of Hawaii anyone?) leaf is from the Pop of Paradise stamp set and we’ll be waving goodbye to it come May 31st. 🙁

Everything else is remaining current for the new catalogue so that’s exciting!  

paper embossing techniques with ink refills

Here’s my TOP TIPS for my three panel card:

  1. Make sure to use a tissue to wipe off the embossed leaf as the liquid will not dry on top of the plastic.
  2. Cut down the edges of your decorated glossy paper to remove places where the ink has pooled.
  3. Don’t throw out those cut off pieces.  One might be just perfect for the inside of your card (see below)!
  4. Place your three pieces of decorated paper on your piece of Thick Whisper White card stock first BEFORE gluing so you can get it centred properly.
  5. Adhere the middle decorated panel to the middle of the piece of Thick Whisper White FIRST.  Then adhere either the left or right.  This will let you line up the pieces better.
  6. I glued the Night of Navy oval right on top of the panels but put dimensionals to adhere the greeting oval.  I glued my copper leaves to the back of the TOP greeting so it looks like they’re floating a bit on top.
  7. Try adhesive foam strips to give a firm raised panel for your card.  BONUS:  when it goes through the mail, it will retain its height above your card.

paper embossing techniques with ink refills

Here’s another idea also using the Pop of Paradise set, this time just a bit easier as it’s not a three-panel card.  Your whole piece of decorated paper (after you cut it down) becomes your card front.

paper embossing techniques with ink refills

I really do love this technique – as does pretty much anyone who gives it a try!  So when you have a few minutes of play time, I think you’ll find it’s a fabulous way to get a bunch of backgrounds done quickly.

There are so many possibilities of colour combinations.  If this one with Night of Navy, Tranquil Tide and Crushed Curry is too intense for you, how about giving something like this a shot?  Some you’ll love more than others, but all will give you fabulous backgrounds. 

And guess what?  This is only one of the variety of paper embossing techniques with ink refills to try – check back often to see more of my ideas come to life!


Stampin Up Brusho Watercolour Emboss Resist Card

Stampin Up Brusho Watercolour Emboss Resist Card

My friend Karen created this stunning Stampin Up Brusho watercolour emboss resist card for a swap at our last team stamping get-together.   Our team gets together regularly to swap (always a highlight), stamp, talk Stampin’ Up!, learn new tricks, stamp, ooh and aah over everyone’s projects, eat (and Karen makes a decadent to-die-for hot dip every time!) and – did I mention, stamp?  

In fact Marla, another team member shared lots more Brusho tips and tricks with us at that same meeting.  It’s a great way to learn about all the new toys Stampin’ Up! offers.  I’d have to say there’s not too many other ways I’d rather spend a Saturday morning!  

Wanna share in the fun too?  There’s always room for new stamping friends!  Click to join in the fun! 

Cards like Karen’s are always a treat to exchange during our mornings.  This one’s vibrant colour and shiny gold butterfly from the fantastic Beautiful Day stamp set make it perfect for just about any occasion.  (Plus, I don’t have this set (eek!) – yet, so I loved getting her swap so I can share it with you.😋)

brusho watercolour emboss resist card

Isn’t it gorgeous?  Don’t you love how BOLD it is?  The mix of yellow/orange/tangerine/pink/red is spectacular and our butterfly just jumps off the page!

How did Karen get such vibrant colour?  With the new line of Brusho Crystal Colour ink crystals in the Occasions Catalogue.  You simply mix them with water and watch the gorgeousness begin!

brusho watercolour emboss resist card

Brusho Crystal Colour has been around for quite awhile and are made in Britain.  This is the first time Stampin’ Up! has carried a selection of colours:  brilliant red, gamboge (bright orange), moss green, Prussian blue and yellow.  They mix and match really well with our colour families and create colourful fireworks on your projects.

Karen gladly shared her process to create this beautiful card.  And they are super simple.

Steps for a Brusho watercolour emboss resist card

  1. Emboss the butterfly on Shimmery White card stock making sure to leave about 1/4” border all around
  2. Tape all four sides of the embossed pieces onto a sturdy surface (like an old bread board or piece of acrylic pad)
  3. Sprinkle a combination of Brusho colours onto the dry card stock
  4. Spritz generously with Stampin’ Spritzer
  5. Add more powder and spritz again as desired
  6. Let dry fully then cut down to size and mount onto a piece of gold foil, then Calypso Coral and onto a folded Real Red card

(You many need to wipe off the gold embossing as the water may not have dried completely on top of it since it’s plastic.  Wipe lightly with a soft rag.)

brusho watercolour emboss resist card

Karen also noted that you will never get two pieces of paper exactly the same since the Brusho colours will interact differently based on the amount of water and powder.  And it will look quite different when it’s dry too!

Want to get in on the Brusho action too?  Get yours, and the surprisingly few other supplies Karen used by clicking on the images below.

brusho watercolour emboss resist card

If you like this card, I think you’re going to love this other fabulous card made by Karen.

You know, I get asked this question a lot, but it’s hard to narrow it down to say what the number ONE best thing is about being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. 

There’s really SO many.

  • the discount
  • the company
  • always being first to see the NEW stuff
  • the conferences…

But right at the TOP of the list has to be the sharing and new friendships.  Getting together with friends who share a passion for paper crafting and handmade items just makes me grin like a puppy on Percocet!  

I’d love to have you come see for yourself!  Email me and I’ll let you know when the next stamping party is!

In the meantime, how about getting busy and creating a Stampin Up Brusho watercolour emboss resist card – or six 😁?



A Fun Stamp Pad Ink Refills Technique | VIDEO

A Fun Stamp Pad Ink Refills Technique | VIDEO

Want to learn a fun stamp pad ink refills technique to make gorgeous backgrounds? Watch my video below showing you how to get the same cool result two different ways.

And the best part, they both take only seconds – seriously – SECONDS!! Now who DOESN’T have a couple seconds?? And as soon as you’re done, take your backgrounds and turn them into fantastic cards like this.


Neat swishes of coordinated colours on a shimmery white cardstock, offset with bold black and a soft pastel really make this card pop! The colour placement looked so “happy” to me, it was a bit of a no-brainer to stamp the verse on top from the Ribbon of Courage set. But you can so easily play around with your card colours and shapes and get a version like this too.

You won’t believe how easy this is. Take a peek and see for yourself.

Cool right? The bold swipe of colour and the lighter sketchier areas together create such an intriguing background.


Now if you’re a paper crafter who likes to know the outcome, this technique might be a teensy bit stressful. That was me at first. Now I love how random it is! In fact, I double dare you to try and get the same result twice! It’s practically impossible!

So tell me, with this fun stamp pad ink refills technique, which colours do you like better? The pinks or blues from the card in the video?


fun stamp pad ink refills technique

Today I’m kinda partial to the blue. But no matter which colour refills I use, I really do prefer the look of the Shimmery White card stock. The sheen you get is unbeatable. My number one TIP? Start with a larger piece of paper and then cut it down. It’s amazing how what you thought was a throw-away dud turns into a work of art!

So get out your refills, cut up some Shimmery White paper and see how much fun this ultra fast technique is. Just click on the pics below to round out your colours of refills.


Did you take the couple minutes to view this technique in action on my video? I sure hope you did so you can see how this fun stamp pad ink refills technique can add variety and WOW backgrounds to your paper crafting!



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