Background stamps are tricky. Typically, they’re not large enough to cover the area you’d like to stamp. Acrylic stamps are great because you can see where you’re stamping … roughly.
Years of art classes may have taught me how to “eyeball it” and have a steady hand, but these skills are far from reliable.
Add embossing powder to the process, and you can have a mess on your hands (and table, and floor).
This card’s background was stamped in black ink using a small, square acrylic stamp, and then embossed in black. It also shows a handy trick: thin strips of cardstock that cover gaps in the pattern.
I turned to my trusty Slice Elite to complete this sweet birthday card.
In January, I began to think about Valentine’s Day and possible card ideas. I knew I’d use my Slice Elite, a portable die-cut machine by Making Memories. I’ve had it since June, and while the company has had to replace a Halloween-themed design card and the machine altogether (I’ve had great service experiences each time), this little machine is my crafting sidekick. I have the wedding-themed and “Je t’Adore” design cards and was eager to use them.
As I thought about what I could create, a light bulb turned on somewhere in the recesses of my mind. I could design my own patterned paper! I have a graphic design minor, so why not use it for card making? Why hadn’t I thought of this before?
After a little time spent in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and a little money spent on cardstock, vellum and transparencies, I had a set of 6-by-6-inch patterned papers. When I created them, I didn’t have particular card designs in mind, but I’m happy with the results (see my gallery).
I used the two Slice design cards mentioned and also thought of a use for the lobster on the “Bon Appetit” design card. Below is my card and a tutorial on how to make it. This design can be used for more than Valentine’s Day, such as an anniversary.
My husband loves the card, and I had fun making it!