Monday, September 12, 2011

PTI Make It Monday #31: Creating Backgrounds with Non-Background Stamps

I love this technique of using non-background stamps to make backgrounds.  It is a great way to make custom patterned paper.  For this technique, I used images from Nordic Noel from a*muse | studio and the Mat Stack 2 die from PTI.  The upcoming PTI release of the Mat Stack 2 Layer would have been perfect for this card, but since it hasn't been release, I used a 2" circle to give it a layer.

I don't always know in the beginning how my cards will turn out.  Many times I don't know what base cardstock i will use until i'm done with the layer.  I had planned on either using Cranberry or Eucalyptus as my base but decided that i like the non-traditional Onyx (black) as the base.  It really makes the colors pop.

On the inside I stamped a sentiment from Holiday Greetings Inside & Out also from a*muse | studio.

You can see some additional card backgrounds made with non-background cards here.  I did these as a part of a blog hop. 

Paper: Onyx, Winter Sky, Eucalyptus, Sugar (a*muse | studio)
Stamps: Nordic Noel, Holiday Greetings Inside & Out (a*muse | studio)
Ink: Winter Sky, Eucalyptus, Cranberry (a*muse | studio), Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Dies:  2"Circle Punch (Fiskars), Mat Stack 2 die ( PTI)
Ribbon: Black (unknown)
Other: brads


  1. Wow, Carla-- that's really lovely background paper. It looks like a pattern I might pick up in the store! It's especially nice with the background paper.

  2. This is beautiful Carla! I love your custom background!! I love the snowflakes along with the flowers!

    Thanks for visiting my blog!!