Stamping your own background papers is a great way to stretch your stamps!

 Blackberry Bliss card base: 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”
Seashell Stamped Shimmery White: 2-3/4″ x 5-1/2″
Whisper White: 1-7/8” x 3-1/8”
Blackberry Bliss: 2-1/4” x 3-1/2”

The background for these cards was stamped with my favorite new stamp set Seaside Notions and was inspired by this card on page 30 of the 2019-2020 annual Stampin’ Up! catalog

Of course, every time you stamp your own background paper it’s going to look a little bit different. That’s the beauty of handmade!

I stamped a full sheet of 8-1/2″ x 11″ Shimmery White Paper with the seashells so that I could make a bunch of cards with it. I’m sharing two of the cards with you here, but if you’d like to see the rest of my cards plus a video showing exactly how I stamped my seashell background paper you’ll want to join the One Sheet Wonder Card Club!

 Sahara Sand card base: 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”
Seashell Stamped Shimmery White: 2-3/4″ x 4″
Blackberry Bliss: 4” x 5-1/4”

Tips for Stamping Your Own Background Papers:

  • Pick 3 stamp images, and it’s better if they aren’t all the same size.
  • Stamp in triangles. That will vary your pattern.
  • Rotate your stamp each time. That will also vary your pattern so you don’t just have a line of the same image.
  • Start with the largest stamp image and work your way down to fill in with the smallest stamp image.
  • Stamp your images closer together than you think you need to. Once you cut up your paper to make cards you don’t want to have large gaping uneven white spaces.


For these cards, I used Shimmery White card stock to stamp on. It adds a little shimmer and makes watercoloring more fun! After I stamped my shells, I used an Aqua Painter, dipped it in the ink in the lid of my ink pad and without thinking too much just brushed on some color. You can see that my color looks different than the coloring on the card from the catalog. That’s okay!! That’s what makes it mine.


So grab a piece of paper and some stamps and try stamping your own background papers. 

I can’t wait to see what you make!


Happy Stamping!


Supplies Used:

Seaside Notions Cling Stamp Set *no longer available*

2019-2021 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers *no longer available*

Subtle 3D Embossing Folder *no longer available*

Story Label Punch *no longer available*

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