It's the first of the month which means it's time for a new class for my FREE year long class at 2Peas, Scrapbook Stamping!
July's Scrapbook Stamping class features creating your own stamped backgrounds.
It is so easy to create your own custom, handmade stamped backgrounds. A few of my favorite ways to achieve this look are stamping the same image repeatedly (like Ali did HERE & Kelly did HERE), using a combination of stamps for a background (like my page for this month below) and using background stamps (like Robyn did on her layout HERE).
I combined five Hero Arts floral stamps to create the custom floral background strip that perfectly coordinates with the Jillibean Soup patterned papers on the rest of my page.
Here's the sketch that accompanies this month's class.
For my title, I had originally thought I would use the die cut "as is" but it just wasn't working out like I wanted. I couldn't figure out what color I wanted to die cut it from and I held off actually adhering it until I was practically finished putting the page together (something I rarely do). Then I noticed I had some Studio Calico mist inks still sitting on my desk from a recent layout and thought I might try misting the title. I tried that and didn't just love it but I noticed that I did love the look left in the box where I had sprayed the ink once I lifted the title up. The negative "space" or part of the title. I temporarily adhered the title, masked off the rest of my page and spritzed SC's Apple Jack Mister Huey Ink and then Calico White. I let it sit a couple of minutes and then lifted up the title and voila! a very subtle and inky title! :)
*Title from Kerri Bradford's Say What? #1 Digital Die Cutting Kit *
To create the custom stamped background I first started with a 6x12" piece of smooth white cardstock. I really think that a smooth, flat surface is the key to getting clean and crisp stamped images for a project like this. (I used a white cardstock from Stampin' Up)
I then stamped all the large and small Hero Arts solid flowers using a variety of ink colors from Stampin' Up:
- Regal Rose
- Poppy Parade
- Peach Parfait
- Daffodil Delight
- Wild Wasabi
- Marina Mist
Then I stamped the large and small Hero Arts Open flowers using Stampin' Up Soft Suede ink.
I filled in some of the "white space" with the tiny, tiny floral that perfectly matches (from Hero Arts Many Dots Stamp Set).
What I love about this technique is that you can create a custom background that perfectly matches your photos, your page. This is great when you can't find (or don't want to buy) a paper that matches your page.
Because this is a stamping class, I even stamped my journaling spots (Ali Edwards Who What Where Stamp Set). Again, I used colorful ink. I think the use of colored ink really adds a lot of detail to a page, more like a pre-made embellishment. And the great thing about these journaling spots? I will never run out. I can stamp these as many times, in as many colors as I want to!
To view this class at 2Peas, click HERE.
To view the classroom page with all the class lessons for 2011, click HERE.
Check out the amazing, incredible, jaw-dropping good July Guest Designer layouts from Ali Edwards, Robyn Werlich and Kelly Marie Alvarez HERE.
SUPPLIES (click photos for links):
Be sure to check in tomorrow, I will have a GIVEAWAY opportunity for you. :)
Have a good one!