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How to Create a Layered Background using Stamps

Look at my sweet princess! She was so cute and roly poly!  I love the look of layered backgrounds on my layouts. I don't like bulky pages that warp once I put them in my albums. Using stamps, inks, and stencils is a great way to create a detailed background. So much texture but no bulk!

My first step is to use a stencil, ink, and a dauber to add a layer of color randomly on the background. Here I am using ColorBox Crafter's Ink by Ann Butler Designs (Desert Sand). This is a nice opaque ink - I love it! Remember if you are using a multi surface ink on paper you need to dry it.

What do you do when you love the design of a stamp but not the shape? Make a mask!! I used a punch and a scrap of cardstock here and then stamped through the mask. This gave me a very random pattern which is exactly what I was looking for. This stamp is Ann Butler Stamp by Unity: Doily.

Here is a look at the result. Isn't that cool??

I used more Ann Butler ink to cover my chipboard (this time in Berry) and used a clear embossing powder over it. Heat set for a sparkling finish.

The last detail for the background is some tiny hearts scattered randomly around the photos. Because I wanted them to blend in I stamped them on a piece of scrap paper before stamping on the layout.

Here's another look at the chipboard pieces. I love how the clear embossing powder gives them a sparkly finish.

This journal card is from my stash - I swear I have had it forever. It's from Creative Imaginations.

Here's another look at the finished background. It gives some visual weight to the layout, but it doesn't take over the layout. I want my photos to stand out - not the embellishments!

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