Stretch the use of your word stamps by using them to create your own background papers!

Polished Pink card base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
Coastal Cabana: 3-1/4″ x 5-1/2″
Highland Heather: 1/2″ x 2-5/8″
Circle Size: 2-3/4″


For this background, I’ve chosen a larger “Happy Birthday” stamp.

I love the tone-on-tone look, this is Coastal Cabana ink on Coastal Cabana card stock, but you can choose any colors you’d like.

TIP: You may want to stamp a sample on a scrap of card stock to make sure you like the look of the color ink you choose on whatever color of card stock you want.


The larger your stamp, the faster it will be to create your background.



In this video, I’m going to show you how easy it is to stamp a background with a word stamp:


You can cut down your card stock to the size you want first and just stamp that or you can stamp an entire sheet of card stock to make a bunch of cards as I show you how to do in my One Sheet Wonder Card Club.


Tips for Stamping a Background with a Word Stamp:

  • Once you are ready to start, I find it easiest to start at the top corner, but you may find it easiest to start at the bottom. There’s no right or wrong way!
  • Stamp off the edges of your card stock. You’ll notice that on patterned papers, the design always goes off the edges. You want to do the same.
  • Use a piece of paper as a guide if you want straighter lines. BUT IT DOESN’T REALLY MATTER!
  • Use a splatter stamp to fill in and cover any imperfections.

This is handmade and it’s not going to be perfect. That’s okay!


If you have any obvious “mistakes” that’s where you’ll want to put the main image or embellishment.


There are no mistakes in stamping – just opportunities for creativity!


Now grab a word stamp and stamp a background for your next card.

Happy Stamping!



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