Hope you don’t mind two posts in one day! We’ve just got too much Christmas goodness to share with you for it to all fit! BlogStar Yana Smakula has created this gorgeous tutorial for stamping patterned paper. She used hers on Christmas cards, but you could do it on boxes or rolls of plain paper to make amazing wrappings or scrapbooking backgrounds as well. Get the kids involved and just be thrilled with whatever they make! Handmade is really the spirit of the season!
Hi everyone! Blogstar Yana Smakula here! Today I’d like to share one of my favourite techniques with you – using stamps to create your own patterned paper.
Here’s a card a made using this technique:
The background was done using just one snowflake stamp. Here are some step by step photos:
First I drew a grid on my cardstock, I did that so that I knew exactly where to stamp the images and to make sure everything is straight:
I started stamping the the middle:
I than added two more stamped images above and below. Notice how I used the dots on the ends of the snowflakes to connect them:
Than I started adding snowflakes to the sides connecting them with dots:
Finally I had a background like this:
I than decided I wanted to add another layer of snowflakes to this paper so I stamped the same pattern with clear ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder:
To make the second layer of snowflakes stand out I inked the entire piece of paper with blue ink. Now I have a fun three-colour background – dark blue (first layer of snowflakes), white (embossed layer of snowflakes that resisted the light blue ink) and light blue (inked with blue ink):
I matted this piece on some Coredinations cardstock and ran it through my sewing machine:
To finish the card I added a stamped sentiment along with a large snowflake and a few gems:
Here are a few close-ups:
- Kiddo Snow Globe (snowflake), Snowy Short Stacks (sentiment) and Altered Type Alphabet stamp sets;
- Clear embossing powder;
- Ink – Tsukineko Memento Dew Drop (dark blue), Distress (light blue), StazOn (dove grey);
- Cardstock – Dovecraft (white), Coredinations (blue);
- Gems – Dovecraft;
- Twine – My Minds Eye.