Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Borders to Backgrounds Set - Oh the Things You Can Do!

  Hello! Thanks for taking a minute to read my blog entry for today. One of the new stamp sets in the January-June Mini Catalog is "Borders to Backgrounds" on page 30. It is a wonderful set that brings a lot of value because you can use it in a variety of ways! I'm sharing two card designs today to show two different ways to use this set.


Since Valentine's Day is quickly approaching, I immediately saw a Valentine's card with the heart border. Start at the bottom of the Basic White cardstock and in Real Red ink stamp and stagger the rows until a full background image is created. Since the border stamp is photopolymer it is very easy to see through. Lining things up is a snap!

A while back another papercrafter had shared a technique online I hadn't ever tried before. I thought this was the card to give it a go. The technique is simple - stamp your chosen ink color first, then stamp on top of the dried image with Versamark ink and sprinkle with Clear Embossing Powder, heat set with the Heat Tool and the magic happens! (See 3rd close-up photo)



The card base is Real Red cardstock. The greeting comes from the Ridiculously Awesome stamp set. The greeting is stamped in Real Red ink and fussy cut around the edge. Mount the greeting on Basic Black for effect then fussy cut around that too with Paper Snips. The small Resin Heart embellishment is all the card needed for a finished look.


Don't forget to stamp something on the inside layer! That darling heart I stamped also comes from the Ridiculously Awesome stamp set. Two hearts to celebrate LOVE!


Close up of the Clear Embossing Powder technique. Cool, huh?
I am very pleased with my original design and how it turned out. Overall easy to do!


This next card design was inspired by LeeAnn Greff, I had to try her method for myself and it is very easy to do. Using the Peony Garden Designer Series Paper die cut out 1-1/2", 2", and 2-1/2" Circles from the Layering Circles Dies with the Cut & Emboss Machine. Cut each circle in half with the Trimmer



The Gray Granite card base has a layer of Basic Black on top. 
Stamp the random small dots border twice diagonally in Petal Pink ink on the Basic White card base. Adhere that layer to the card front. The Square Vellum Doily goes down next. 

Here's how to make the circle and strip unit. Glue the 3 circle halves stacked together as shown in photo. Repeat for other half circle stack. Prepare a Gray Granite 1/2" x 5" strip. 
Use the Tailored Tag Punch by slipping the end of the strip into the punch so only the one end "arrow" would punch, then turn the strip around and punch the other end exactly the same. Next place the two sets of half circles underneath the strip just to make sure they fit before 
stamping the greeting.

Stamp the "Just Because" from the Lovely You stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on the strip. Flip over and place adhesive on the back of the strip and carefully place the two circle stacks so the strip and the two circle stacks become one unit to match the photo. Raise the entire unit with Dimensionals and place on the prepared Basic White layer. Embellish with Elegant Faceted Gems.

If desired stamp the inner card layer with the small peony stamp in Petal Pink. Do the same for the lower left corner of the envelope front, because you don't want any "naked" envelopes!


Now you have two fun card designs to make with the Borders to Background stamp set.  

Oh but wait! Here's a link to an earlier post that shows another card idea using this stamp set, 
just scroll down a bit to see the photo.

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Have fun trying these card designs! Happy Stamping!

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