4 Ideas Using Right at Home Background Stamps // Tips & Techniques

Happy Friday!

Do you have an obsession with background stamps like I do? They are an essential in every cardmakers toolbox as they can help bring your card together quickly & easily! However, just like clear stamps, they can be used in a multitude of ways and today I’m sharing four ideas for using your background stamps for more than just simple stamping!

Let’s get started…

 Four Ideas Using Right at Home Background Stamps on www.rightathomeshop.com/blog. Includes tips & techniques such as rainbow stamping, adding details, water-lifting and watercolor emboss resist.

Rainbow Stamping using the Watercolor Background Stamp…

Up first, I’m sharing a technique using my Watercolor Background Stamp that also incorporates my love for color: rainbow stamping! This background stamp works perfectly for this as it features thick, bold stripes that allow you to add tons of color to your background. As I show in the video below, I inked up each stripe using one of the colors of the rainbow. Once I made my way to the bottom, I flipped my panel and shifted it slightly upwards so that the stripes would be off-set. Then I filled in the white spots with the remaining colors of the rainbow.

 #1 Rainbow Stamping using the Watercolor Background Stamp // Four Ideas Using Right at Home Background Stamps on www.rightathomeshop.com/blog.

Note: When inking up your strips, if you’re following ROYGBIV, you want to start with red, skip orange and do yellow for the next stripe. When you flip the panel, you will fill in the orange between the red and yellow. Continue this same process all the way down.

I also want to mention that this idea was inspired by Kelly Latevola who created a colorful set of cards for the Simon Says Stamp blog using this same background stamp!

Adding Extra Details using the Gingham Background Stamp…

For my next tip, I’m showing you how to add a few extra details to an otherwise plain, gingham background stamp. I’ve been so inspired by holiday patterns this season and a classic Christmas plaid was high up on my “to create” list. Since I didn’t have a plaid stamp in my collection, I decided to make my own! I grabbed my Gingham Background Stamp and a thin stripe stamp from Banner Alphabet Add-On. Check your stash for stripe stamps that you can use for this purpose or use a ruler and colored marker! I stamped the background in green and accented it with bright, red stripes going in both directions between the squares. I am obsessed.

 #2 Adding Extra Details using the Gingham Background Stamp // Four Ideas Using Right at Home Background Stamps on www.rightathomeshop.com/blog.

Just think of all the possibilities! I urge you to look at your backgrounds a little differently and think how you can pull out an otherwise simple stamp like a stripe and use it to create something beautiful!

P.S. Tutorial on this card pictured above coming soon!

Water-Lifting Technique using the Cloud Background Stamp…

Ok, this one’s a fun one and way simpler than it looks! I started with a panel of white cardstock and inked it using Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide inks. I focused the Cracked Pistachio towards the top and the Peacock Feathers towards the bottom to create an ombre effect. Next, I spritzed my Cloud Background Stamp 3-4 times with a water bottle and placed it on top of my inked panel. I let it sit for about 30 seconds and lifted it off to reveal my oxidized background. The water spritzed on the stamp activates the Distress Oxide ink on the paper and creates an awesome, ghost-like effect! I added a few additional water droplets and my panel was finished!

 #3 Water-Lifting Technique using the Cloud Background Stamp // Four Ideas Using Right at Home Background Stamps on www.rightathomeshop.com/blog.

I’ve done this technique before and created a card project that you can see here. I would recommend trying this with watercolor paper as well as the results may be even better. I think my cardstock may have been a little too thin for all the water I added, but I wasn’t thinking ahead I guess!

Watercolor Emboss Resist Technique using the Grid Background Stamp…

We started with a rainbow color scheme so let’s finish with another one, shall we? This time I’m using my Grid Background Stamp to create a panel perfect for watercoloring! I white heat-embossed the stamp onto a piece of watercolor paper and smooshed a variety of ink colors overtop. Make sure to be careful when placing your colors as to not create a muddy mess of brown ink! The embossing powder resists the inks, revealing the beautiful grid texture.

 #4 Watercolor Emboss Resist Technique using the Grid Background Stamp // Four Ideas Using Right at Home Background Stamps on www.rightathomeshop.com/blog.

I’ve also used this technique in the past and shared a card project (& video) here. I love the way this background looks with rainbow colors…so modern!

Watch me create all of these backgrounds in my process video below…

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Need to stock up on a few backgrounds to round out your collection? Then today is the perfect time to! This week at Right at Home I’m offering 20% off all background stamps with code 20OFFBG.

 The Right at Home Countdown to Christmas 4 Week Sale Event Starts Now! Visit www.rightathomeshop.com to get 20% off ALL background stamps until 12/10/18 with code 20OFFBG.

Here’s all the details…

  • Get 20% off all background stamps

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  • Sale runs from today, Monday, December 3rd until next Monday, December 10th at 12:00 am EST

  • Discount is valid on all in-stock background stamps

  • Can not be applied to orders placed before 12/03/2018

  • Can not be combined with other offers

This sale is part of my Countdown to Christmas 4 Week Sale Event and ends Monday so be sure to take part if you’re interested!

Happy (background) stamping!

Nicole

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I Love Brew Cuppa Friendship Card // 2018 Fall & Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hey, caffeine-loving friends!

I am super excited today because I’m participating in another Coffee Lovers Blog Hop hosted by Amy Tsuruta! This is one of my favorite events to take part in because coffee is my everything. In fact, I’m already thinking about tomorrow’s cup. I try to limit myself to one per day otherwise I get a little too jittery, LOL.

Let’s get started…

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To start my card I stamped one of the girl images from Cuppa Friendship onto her coordinating die-cut in an alcohol marker-friendly ink. Then I started coloring her in! This is the most time-consuming part of this card, but is best enjoyed with some music playing and (you guessed it) a fresh brew sitting nearby.

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After my coffee cutie was all colored I started assembling my focal panel. I cut a piece of A2 white cardstock with my Scallop Stitches Die Set. Along the bottom of the panel I spelled out the word “brew” with my Folk Alphabet Solid stamp set. I didn’t stamp them quite yet as I wanted to be sure I spaced them evenly. Once I had it just perfect, I stamped each letter using my Mini MISTI and a variety of ink colors that matched my girl.

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After I stamped “brew” I also stamped the letter “I” above it, but off to the left. My thought was the phrase would read “I (love) brew”, but instead of putting “love” I would put the girl holding a mug! Pretty cute, huh?!

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Once I was finished stamping the solid letters I moved on to the detail layers using Folk Alphabet Detail. I adhered this panel onto a kraft cardbase and popped the girl up using foam tape. Around her I popped up three hearts that are also included in the stamp set.

Watch me assemble this caffeine-tastic card in my process video below…it may even be set to coffeehouse-inspired music

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Ready for another cup? Then head on over to the Coffee Lovers Blog here to continue on the hop!

There’s a variety of prizes up for grabs including a $20 gift certificate to the Right at Home shop so don’t miss out!

Hugs,

Nicole

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Right at Home Gift Guides for Crafters // Coffee Lovers, New Stampers & More

Hey there!

As we start building our shopping lists for the upcoming holiday season it can be overwhelming to come up with gift ideas for crafters who have rooms full of supplies. But no worries! Today I’m sharing five thoughtful gift ideas that are perfect for your crafty friends (& family members, too!) that are sure to make them feel extra loved.

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Looking for thoughtful gift ideas for your crafty friends? Visit my post for 5 easy ideas that are sure to make the recipient feel extra loved! Coffee & tea loving cardmakers, new stampers & more. All details at www.rightathomeshop.com/blog.

For coffee & tea loving cardmakers…

This gift idea is perfect for your coffee & tea loving cardmaking friends! Pick up a set of Cup of Joy and How Have You Bean? and bundle it all together with a tag. Pop a gift card to the recipient’s favorite brewhouse into the pocket and you have a sweet holiday gift that feeds their caffeine (& stamping!) addiction.

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For beginner stampers…

Do have a beginner cardmaker on your present list this year? Then this is the perfect gift idea to help get them started. Include a few adhesive options and few stamp sets that have lots of versatility. I chose Abstract Florals and Script Greetings because they are two of my bestsellers and have so many possibilities! Ink pads are essential as well and the ones from Catherine Pooler are perfect for beginner stampers as they are juicy and only need a light tap to get a solid image. And if you’re feeling extra generous, pop in a Mini MISTI to help alleviate those dreaded stamping mistakes!

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For your pen pals…

Do you have a group of friends that love sending each other snail mail? Help them spice up their envelopes with this kit of classic Right at Home stamps! Happy Mail, Happy Mail Year 2 and Happy Mail Year 3 are go-tos for adding a touch of stamping to your envelopes. Include a few envelopes, a sheet of stamps, the best gel pens ever and even an address template to wow your pen pal! This gift is so adorable you may even want to pick up duplicates for yourself…

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For mixed media crafters…

One of the hottest trends in papercrafting right now is ink blending! Especially with the coveted Ranger Distress Oxides. Why not gift your crafting bestie a few new colors to add their collection? Choose a few of your favorites or colors that are perfect for creating backgrounds for the upcoming season! I chose Tattered Rose and Candied Apple for a fun, holiday palette and Tumbled Glass and Mermaid Lagoon for wintery backgrounds. Add in a few extra blending tools and foams and a fun stencil and you have a gift perfect for your inky friends!

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For your friend who loves to be organized…

With the new year just around the corner (gulp), fresh planners and new pens will be lining the store shelves. Why not give your friend all the tools she needs to make her own? Start with a We R Memory Keepers Planner Punch Board and choose a few stamp sets that will help her build her spreads. I recommend Banner Alphabet, Banner Alphabet Add-On and Get Stuff Done! Add in a new pen or some bright colored ink pads and your friend is ready to take 2019 by storm!

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I hope you enjoyed today’s gift guide! Let me know which gift you’d love to see under the tree this year. I think my favorite is the happy mail kit.

And don’t forget! If you’re reading this before 11/26/2018 you can get 25% off all of these items with code THXSALE25.

Merry crafting!

Nicole