Happy Tuesday, crafty friends! Today’s project from Blog Team Member Amy Sheffer makes use of a wonderful technique that is useful for smaller stamps for creating backgrounds. You will not want to miss how she created this lovely card…

And now, here’s Amy to tell us all about her project…

I’ve been having a lot of fun lately stamping my own backgrounds,
which, interestingly, is one of the very first stamping techniques I
learned nearly fifteen years ago. It can be a great technique for the
smaller images in a set — the ones that maybe don’t get as much love as
their flashier focal point images.

Today I’m working with the Mixed Blooms
stamp set, which has a gorgeous large bouquet image, as well as a
smaller rose image. It’s that smaller rose image that I used to stamp
the background of today’s card. I stamped repeatedly in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto the front of a top-fold Sugar Cube card base, rotating the image slightly between each impression.

I added a bit of color by sponging on some Evergreen Bough Distress Ink
in the center and fading out toward the perimeter. To soften the
sponging, I adhered a layer of vellum, which I first distressed and
splattered with white mist. I covered up my tape line by adding a narrow
strip of diagonalstriped black and white patterned paper on top of the

For my focal point, I die-cut a Sugar Cube butterfly using the large Elegant Butterfly Overlays die. I sponged on some Evergreen Bough Distress Ink, fading out at the top, coated the die-cut with Glossy Accents,
then sprinkled on some ultra fine clear glitter. After the butterfly
dried, I curled the wings a bit for some dimension, and adhered it to
the card front. Behind the butterfly, I adhered two Mini Tags die-cuts. I stamped the sentiment from Mixed Blooms, in Evergreen Bough, trimmed it down into two strips, and adhered with foam tape.

love the sentiment “It’s Been Too Long”  — perfect for those friends
who you haven’t seen for a while. Surprise, random “just because” cards,
like this one, are my favorite cards to send!

Thank you for reminding us of this simple and useful technique today, Amy! You can find more of Amy’s beautiful work on her blog, Pickled Paper Designs. Have a joyful day!