Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Let's Stamp!

Hi Everybody!
Today I have a fun card stamping tutorial for you. I'm sure everyone is familiar with stamping to make your own background paper, but it's a technique I often forget to use. When I stamp, I usually just stamp the main image and then use coordinating patterned paper to finish the project with. Well, for this project I not only stamped the main image, but some background paper as well! Here's the card I'll be making:

The first thing I did was to gather all my BoBunny supplies. I used : What U Got Cookin' Acrylic Stamp set, Double Dot Chocolate Ribbon, Chiffon Dot Cardstock, Coffee Dot Cardstock, Kitchen Spice Allspice paper, Kitchen Spice Ginger paper, Kitchen Spice Nutmeg paper, Kitchen Spice Buttons & Bling.

I started by making the base of my card (4x6) and then layering a contrasting color paper on top. I love using contrasting colors for the base of the card because it tends to make the colors of the card pop.

The next thing I did was to choose two small and pretty stamps to make my background paper. I chose the smaller stamps because you don't the background to take over your card. Background paper is only meant to complement the main image.

I inked up my stamps and carefully stamped my background paper. I was very careful with the spacing of my images. Make sure to stamp your images close together. It looks more uniform and makes it hard to see any mess-ups. I love using acrylic stamps and blocks because you can see exactly where you're stamping- which is great for minimizing mistakes.

The next thing I did was to cut my paper and lay it on my base. I always do this to see how everything looks and to see if I want to change anything. For me this is a must before I use any adhesive on my project.

Next, I inked the edges of my card for added dimension.

I then used a scalloped border punch to punch a decorative edge. I added the scallop to the middle piece of paper on my card. You know how I'm addicted to scalloped border punches!

Now it was time to stamp my main image. I used a leftover piece of paper from my punched border. After I stamped my image, I decided I wanted to continue the scalloped look, so I used my scalloped circle die cuts to spice it up a bit. I then ran it through my die cut machine.

And this is how it turned out. Kinda cute, huh? (LOL!)
After punching this out, I punched another scalloped circle layer to add to the image as a border. I used the same technique I did with my die cuts except this layer was smaller and thinner. You can see it in the final photo below.

Finally, I put my card together using adhesive and dimensional dots. I also used my sewing machine to stitch around the border of the card. I added ribbon, stamped a few more images (the utencils and the "made with love" decorative stamps from the set) and added them along with buttons to my card.

And there you have it! A card with stamped background paper, a stamped main image, and stamped decorative images! I hope you like this tutorial and decide to incorporate some of these techniques into your next stamping project!

Many Blessings to you and yours!


  1. Love this's super cute!

  2. totally cute...stamps make everything better

  3. What a cute idea. I love all the new things you come up with. Super cute!

  4. What a fabulous card! Makes me want to create one...if only time allowed. Beautiful work!!

  5. Thank you for the instructions on your card.