Today I want to share a technique that you can go try right now. I’m sure you have all the supplies you need because all you need is stamps, ink and a piece of paper. That’s it. Doesn’t matter what stamps or what color inks. Just grab a stamp set (I like bold images) and pick 2-3 of your favorite ink colors that go with it.

For this paper, I chose to use one of the exclusive stamp sets that came in my April Paper Pumpkin kit and 2 of the *NEW* In Colors from Stampin’ Up! – Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach – along with an old standby Pear Pizzazz. See what I did there? One stamp set and 3 colors that go with it – two for the flowers and one for the leaves.

Tips to Stamp your own Background Papers:

  • Start with a good white paper. Not all paper is created equal. Some is smooth and some has more of a grain to it. The smoother it is, the nicer a stamped image you will get. Once I tried Stampin’ Up!’s Whisper White paper I was in love. That’s the only white paper I use. You can use whatever white paper you want, but know that if you’re not getting a good stamped image it might be the paper that’s the problem.
  • Stamp off the edges of the paper. You don’t want your design to be framed in by the edges of the paper.
  • Choose bold stamps. You can use detail stamps, but especially when you’re first starting you’ll find it’s easier to stamp your own background paper with bold stamps. Don’t limit yourself to flowers. You can use any shape!
  • Use 3 colors of ink. This makes it easy to create a background that pops and gives you more options when it comes to picking which color card stock to use when you use your stamped background papers to make cards or scrapbook pages.
  • Stamp in triangles. Instead of stamping your images in a line, stamp them in triangles. This will vary your pattern and make it look more random.
  • Rotate your stamp. Turn your stamp a quarter turn every time you stamp to vary the pattern even more. Or just rotate your paper as you stamp! Either way it will improve your pattern to have your stamp image be stamped in different directions.

So what can you do with your paper once you’ve stamped it? Make One Sheet Wonder Cards, of course! This paper I cut up according to the May One Sheet Wonder Club template and made it into 7 cards…

Want to see more? Join our One Sheet Wonder Card Club to watch a video about stamping your own background papers, download the one sheet wonder template to make a set of cards like this with just one sheet of stamped paper and see what other stampers are making with the SAME template! You’ll be amazed. Join us now!

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