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

  • Use code: 20OFFBG

  • 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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Thank You Watercolor Background Stamp Card // National Craft Month with Right at Home + My Sweet Petunia

Hello Monday, hello day #8!

Yes, 8! I'd love to keep the National Craft Month Celebration with Right at Home + Friends going all month long but, sadly, this party must come to an end sometime. BUT today is not that day! *wipes tears* So grab your favorite craft supplies, brewed drink of choice and help me in introducing Lydia of My Sweet Petunia!

Let's get started...

Thank You Watercolor Background Stamp Card // National Craft Month with Right at Home + My Sweet Petunia

Lydia chose our inspiration for the day and decided to challenge us to use a water-based medium to create a background. Sounds like something right up my alley! I grabbed a few things that I've been obsessed with lately and used on several cards throughout the week and got stamping.

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I started by mounting my Watercolor Background Stamp onto the door of MISTI. I made sure to remove the foam insert in my stamping platform as the background stamp is rubber and already has enough dimension to create a crisp impression. I added a piece of A2 sized watercolor paper into the center of my platform and placed down my magnet to keep it in place while I stamped. 

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I inked up the background stamp in Mint to Be ink and spritzed it lightly with water to get the color moving. The Catherine Pooler inks are water-based and can therefore be used with water to create watercolor effects. I stamped it onto my background and decided to stamp it again as the color was too light for my liking. Next I rotated my paper and moved it up a few squares on the mat so as to stagger my stripes. I stamped my next layer in Seafoam which I also spritzed with water. 

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Once my panel was dry I moved on to my flower. I die-cut all the pieces using my Sweet Stitches Die Set. I colored the flower in It's a Girl, the leaves in Green Tea and the center in Shea Butter. I also die-cut three "thank you" pieces from the same die set and layered them with liquid adhesive to create a dimensional sentiment. I adhered both the flower and sentiment to my watercolor panel, glued it onto a cardbase and my was was finished! 

Check out my process video below to watch my stamping technique...

And don't forget to head over to the My Sweet Petunia blog to see Lydia's creation. She's a master with water-based products so it's a project you won't want to miss. 

More details about this celebratory week...

My idea behind this celebration is offer you loads of inspiration from some of the most amazing crafters and companies in our industry. Each day will present a new creative challenge that you can participate in and, in turn, be entered to win the day's prizes. 

Today's prize is a $50 gift certificate to the My Sweet Petunia shop! 

In order to be entered to win, make sure to follow these steps...

  • Create a new project inspired by today's challenge and post a picture of it to one of the following forums:
    • Right at Home Facebook Group (in the comments of the day #8 picture with today's challenge written on it, linked here)
    • Instagram using the hashtag #NCMwithRAH in your caption and tagging @rightathome
    • Your personal blog and add the link to your post in the comments of this blog post (click here to download the challenge banner for your personal blog post)
  • There will be one winner for today's prize, I will combine the names from every post I can find on the above mediums and randomly chose the winner (I made participating open in several different ways so as to include everyone who may not have social media, a blog, etc. I hope there is something for everyone!)
  • Winner will be announced on April 1st in a new post along with the rest of the winners from prizes given throughout this week

Please let me know if you have any questions in the comments below!

If throughout the week you see something I used that you just have to have you can use the code NCM in my shop for 15% off your purchase! Code will last from today until next Tuesday at 11:59 pm EST.

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Today was originally supposed to be the last day of the celebration, but one of my crafty friends and I decided to make one more day of inspiration. Because, why not?

Make sure to check back tomorrow for the last day...and, if you've been enjoying this week, bring your tissues!

Nicole

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Hello Find the Beauty Clean & Simple Card // National Craft Month with Right at Home + Friends

Hey, hey!

We made it to the weekend! Phew, what a week is has been. I know some of you have been crafting everyday along with me so I know you must be as tuckered as I am. So, to give us a little crafty break I'm challenging you to create a card with lots of white space. Yes, I'm giving you the freedom to design a plain, clean and simple card. In fact, I insist you do so. 

Let's get started...

Hello Find the Beauty Clean & Simple Card // National Craft Month with Right at Home + Friends

When designing this card I had all these plans of making of it one layer with embossing and inlay die-cutting and basically every technique you could think of. But, sometimes you just can't quite recreate the design in your head...because you have no idea where your rubber embossing mat went. So, alas, I ended up with today's card which I still love but it has a few more layers than I originally wanted. 

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To start I die-cut the smallest stitched rectangle from my Find the Beauty Die Set. I also die-cut one of the flowers, flower center, and three of the "hello". I stamped out my flower pieces from Find the Beauty using some Catherine Pooler inks in Party Dress, Rockin' Red, Tiara, Orange Twist, and Icing on the Cake. I also pulled in Lime Rickey and Grass Skirt for my leaves which are from my Cozy Cardinal set. I just liked the scale of these leaves better for the design...I know, so extra. 

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Along the bottom of the stitched panel I used some Mint to Be ink on an ink blending tool and sponged on a light layer of color. This helped add some color to background and give some contrast for my "hello" die-cut to lay over. I adhered all my pieces over top with either foam tape or tape runner adhesive. 

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For my cardbase I decided I needed a bit more color so I used the same Mint to Be ink and my Watercolor Background Stamp. It adds a subtle bit color and texture which I love. I popped my stitched panel on top and my card was finished. 

You can watch my super quick process in the video below...

More details about this celebratory week...

My idea behind this celebration is offer you loads of inspiration from some of the most amazing crafters and companies in our industry. Each day will present a new creative challenge that you can participate in and, in turn, be entered to win the day's prizes. 

Today's prize is a $20 gift certificate to the Right at Home shop! 

In order to be entered to win, make sure to follow these steps...

  • Create a new project inspired by today's challenge and post a picture of it to one of the following forums:
    • Right at Home Facebook Group (in the comments of the day #6 picture with today's challenge written on it, linked here)
    • Instagram using the hashtag #NCMwithRAH in your caption and tagging @rightathome
    • Your personal blog and add the link to your post in the comments of this blog post (click here to download the challenge banner for your personal blog post)
  • There will be one winner for today's prize, I will combine the names from every post I can find on the above mediums and randomly chose the winner (I made participating open in several different ways so as to include everyone who may not have social media, a blog, etc. I hope there is something for everyone!)
  • Winner will be announced on April 1st in a new post along with the rest of the winners from prizes given throughout this week

Please let me know if you have any questions in the comments below!

If throughout the week you see something I used that you just have to have you can use the code NCM in my shop for 15% off your purchase! Code will last from today until next Tuesday at 11:59 pm EST.

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I'm the only one posting today so make sure to join in so I'm not lonely...lol. Today would be the perfect day to do so as it is such a simple challenge. Unless you're more of a complex cardmaker which would make this challenge difficult. Nevermind. 

Anyways, I'll see you back here tomorrow!

Nicole

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