Let’s see how gorgeous your designs can be once you know how to use a background stamp to make a card! Which background stamp am I using today? The Wild Roses.

Isn’t it stunning?

WOW! Use a Background Stamp to Make a Card with the Curvy Dies and Wild Roses
The Wild Roses Background Stamp is Beautiful with a Watercolour Wash

I paired my background stamp with a Curvy die, white embossing powder and some ink refills. Cool greens and blues blend together wonderfully for a soft yet spectacular card.

Let’s take a closer look so I can give you some tips on how to work with background stamps. That way you can get a better idea of how they can add tons of stamping options at a pretty reasonable price of only $23 CDN.

How to Use a Background Stamp to Make a Card

An All Over Design with One Stamp!

Background stamps are quite large, measuring 4 1/2″ x 5 3/4″. Which means they can create a card with a single stamping of the rubber!

Use a Background Stamp to Make a Card what a Watercolour Resist Background
If You Love Roses, This Stamp is For You!

They are perfect for creating multiple images, multiple cards with one stamping and emboss resist techniques like in this sponged technique.

Tips for Background Stamping

There are a few things I’ve learned along the way when it comes to using these large stamps. Here’s how you can make the most of them.

  • Turn it on its back to ink them up. Take your stamp pad and pat it all over the stamp rather than trying to fit the large stamp in your hand.
  • Use a full size ink pad. While ink spots are wonderful for lots of things, they do take a bit of time to use on a large stamp like this. If you do use one, make sure you go over it multiple times so the square edges of the ink are blended well.
  • Pull out your Stamparatus stamp positioner. The Stamparatus really shines when it comes to large background stamps. Since they are so large, you can sometimes miss a spot with ink or when you are pressing down on the stamp. When you use the Stamparatus, you can ink as many times as you need to get a perfect background. See my video for why I think the Stamparatus is a MUST HAVE rubber stamping tool in your craft area.
Use a Background Stamp to Make a Card what a Watercolour Resist Background
A Beautiful Mix of Coloured Inks Find Crevices to Sink Into

What To Do If You Don’t Have a Stamparatus

If you don’t own a Stamparatus stamp positioner, here are a few tips.

  • Use the right acrylic block. The F block (118483) is perfectly sized for this size of stamp if you don’t have a Stamparatus.
  • Put your paper on TOP of the rubber. This one seems a bit strange, but it does work. Carefully place your cardstock on top, then put a single piece of plain computer paper over top so it extends over the full stamp.
  • Apply even pressure. Slowly run your hands firmly over the entire image (and just to be safe, do it over again!) then remove the computer paper and peel off the cardstock, starting at one top corner and pulling down the the opposite bottom corner.

Now It’s Your Turn!

If you’ve had some challenges getting background images to stamp well, I’m sure these tips will help you out. Here is everything I used to create this card if you want to give it a try. Thanks so much for shopping with me.

Supplies List

Thanks So Much

I always so happy to have you check out what I’m paying with in my craft space right now. I hope it gives you a teensy shot of inspiration to give it a try too!

Use a Background Stamp to Make a Card to WOW!
The Wild Roses Background Stamp is Beautiful!

If you give these tips a try for how to use a background stamp to make a card drop me a line at jo@designwithjo.ca and let me know how it turns out!