5 ways to use background stamps

Hi! Do you have any background stamps and you can’t think what to do with them?! Today I am sharing 5 ways to use background stamps with fun techniques. For all my examples I used the Pretty Peonies Background stamp from the latest release by SimonSaysStamp.

I link to everything I used at the end of this post as well as share an exclusive 10% coupon code for shopping at Arteza.com.

video tutorial

You can enjoy the video below or at my YouTube channel

close-up photos

1. stamp and color

For coloring my card I used the Arteza Real Brush Pens ( ARTZ | SSS ). Loved how easy it is to blend them on watercolor paper and how vibrant the colors look when you don’t add water. This card design works with any background stamp, just use your favorite medium to color and go for it. It’s a little time consuming and maybe hard to the eyes coloring all those details but take your time. It’s fun and relaxing and everyone says it’s therapeutic!

2. gold heat embossing

Another way to use a background stamp is to emboss it with gold or silver embossing powder. Usually background stamp designs are quite intricate and they will end up looking like lace! Perfect for anniversary or wedding cards. Simple elegance!

3. pop up a part of the stamp

For this card design I stamped the image with a pale ink color to create by card background. I then stamped it one more time with black ink so that I could color and cut out only a flower. This way you create a focal point that you can pop on your card that matches your background! The flower is again dolored with my Arteza real brush pens, but this time I used water and that’s how I achieved a solfer look!

4. emboss resist

You can never go wrong with emboss resist! Stamp with Versamark and emboss with white and they use your favorite color combo on inks to do some blending! One of my favorite techniques of all times… never get bored of it and it always turns out gorgeous!

5. alcohol lift ink

Finally for the last technique for today I grabbed my alcohol inks. I created a simple background on yupo just by mixing a few colors and then stamped with alcohol lift ink.

supplies & coupon code

I have an exclusive 10 % OFF coupon code for shopping at Arteza.com. Use the code VickyPapaioannou1 at checkout! The code is valid until 10th of April and works on both their USA and European website!

Below you can find a list with all the products used today and I also link to more background stamps that would work great with the techniques above. Links to multiple online shops are available, just click the logo below each item. Affiliate links used where possible at no extra cost to you.

Simon Says Cling Rubber Stamp PRETTY…
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Simon Says Cling Rubber Stamp COSMOS…
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Simon Says Cling Rubber Stamp OUTLINE…
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Simon Says Cling Rubber Stamp…
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Simon Says Cling Rubber Stamp DOODLE…
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Simon Says Cling Rubber Stamp CENTER…
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Simon Says Cling Rubber Stamp ORNATE…
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Simon Says Cling Rubber Stamp EMMA…
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Real Brush Pens – Set of 48 – Arteza.com
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Water Brush Pens – Set of 6 – Arteza.com
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Altenew SCRIPT WORDS DIE Set ALT1780
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My Favorite Things BIG THANKS…
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Simon Says Clear Stamps TINY WORDS…
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Simon Says Clear Stamps YOU GOT THIS…
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My Favorite Things ANYTHING BUT BASIC…
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MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool…
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Simon Says Stamp Premium Ink Pad…
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My Favorite Things EXTREME BLACK…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad WORN…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz ALCOHOL LIFT-INK PAD Ranger…
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Tim Holtz 8 X 10 WHITE ALCOHOL INK…
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Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink POOL Ranger…
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Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink MERMAID Ranger…
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Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink PATINA Ranger…
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Altenew ANTIQUE GOLD Crisp Embossing…
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Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD…
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Tim Holtz ALCOHOL INK STORAGE TIN…
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Tim Holtz Tonic GLASS MEDIA MAT 1914e
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13 Comments

  1. Teresa Stevens said:

    Oh, Vicki, your cards are sensational! Thank you so much for putting this video together for us. I’ve saved it into my library and will refer to it again and again for inspiration. Additionally, I think I’d like to give the Arteza Real Brush pens a try. Your heat-embossed water colored backgrounds were gorgeous!

    March 8, 2019
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  2. Teresa Doyle said:

    All of your cards are gorgeous Vicky. From the vibrant orange and yellow through the embossing and alcohol card, they are all simply amazing!

    March 8, 2019
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  3. Marcie Lovett said:

    The stamp is beautiful and these cards are all kinds of amazing! What a great idea to use a background stamp in so many different ways.

    March 8, 2019
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  4. Oh wow these are so beautiful!! I love the gold embossing technique the most 🙂

    March 9, 2019
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  5. Julie L said:

    I’ve been using the Arteza watercolor markers for just over a year. I like the brush tip and the color selection (I have the 24 color set), but I find success is best achievd with higher-priced watercolor paper. Other watercolors seem more forgiving, easier to blend, glaze layers, and control, even on cheaper paper.

    March 9, 2019
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  6. Henriëtte said:

    Amazing what you can do with one stamp! Awesome cards you made Vicky and I can’t say which one I love most, love them all.
    Thank you so much for showing and inspire us. Have a great weekend.

    March 9, 2019
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  7. Beth Merrill said:

    These are fun and beautiful designs. Can’t wait to try them out for myself!

    March 9, 2019
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  8. Lynne Dillard said:

    Always love your creations. These cards are beautiful! The techniques shared are great.

    March 9, 2019
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  9. Mindy Drummond said:

    What great ideas and all 5 are gorgeous!! As usual you have blown me away with inspiration 🙂

    March 10, 2019
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  10. Cathy Lillie said:

    Beautiful cards! After watching your tutorial, I need to get some background stamps. I love the versatility with the different techniques and mediums. Thanks for sharing these great ideas!

    March 10, 2019
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  11. These cards are fabulous. Such a beautiful stamp and wonderful techniques. Thanks for sharing them with us.

    March 19, 2019
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  12. Tea said:

    Amazing cards! Thank you for taking your time and showing that you can create such diversity even if you don’t have a lot of materials. As for the cards I loved the first one the most and would love to make something like it, possibly with black background.. think it would work? 🙂

    March 31, 2019
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