Earlier this week, I finally got my anxiously awaited latest Stampin’ Up! order and two stamp sets that I have been wanting….one of which is this one. Isn’t it cute? I’d much rather see Dandelions like this than in my yard! While I was waiting for the stamp set to arrive, I saw a new technique to try too that I thought would be fun…using Painter’s Tape to apply a background design. The best part is that I have lots of Painter’s Tape from when we painted just about every room in our house a few years ago, so I didn’t have to go buy any.
The technique is really simple. I used 1” wide Painter’s tape, but you can use any width you’d like. This is how you do it.
- Tear off a piece of the tape leaving enough room to hold it on either end.
- Lay the tape sticky side down on the ink pad (I did it lengthwise to get more coverage)
- Gently rub the tape. The harder you rub,the more ink you’ll get on the tape.
- Lift the tape off the ink pad and place it onto your cardstock
- Give it a little rub, then peel it off
One of the video’s I watched said to only use the Shimmery White Cardstock, but I used it on the regular Whisper White Cardstock and it worked fine….no sticking to the paper, so it was easy to remove. For the first card I made, I used four different colors of ink: Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Pool Party, and Soft Sky. The top two rows were done by stamping once, and then stamping again without re-inking.
This card was a little darker than I wanted, so I tried again and only used one ink color – Soft Sky.
If you want a really light background color, I would suggest using a very light color ink. I used soft sky, but I think this would be beautiful using most any of the subtle colors. If you use a darker ink, I would suggest “stamping off” on an extra sheet of paper first to remove some of the ink. I just played around with it until I got the color I wanted.
Because the strip of paper I was using for the cards above was smaller, I also changed the direction of the stripes by placing my tape on that paper at an angle so I could get more stripes into the design. (And I may have just adhered one upside down! — notice the stripes are going the opposite direction?? ) Once I had the background done, I just stamped my images right over top. I also used Versamark ink to make a background on one card and just stamped with Soft Sky ink on the other.
The Painter’s Tape technique is really easy and the card goes together really fast. I hope you’ll try it!
This is what you’ll need to make these cards:
- Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set
- Whisper White Thick Cardstock/Soft Sky Cardstock – Cut 4 1/4” x 11”; scored at 5 1/2” (1st card) or 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”; scored at 4 1/4” (2nd card)
- Night of Navy Cardstock – Cut 5 1/4” x 4” (1st card) or 2 3/4” x 5 1/4” (2nd card)
- Whisper White Cardstock – Cut 5 1/8” x 3 7/8” (1st card) or 2 1/2” x 5 1/4” (2nd card)
- Ink Pads: Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Pool Party, and Soft Sky, Versa Mark (for background)
- Night of Navy Twine
- Snail Adhesive
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