Great backgrounds for rubber stamping projects can be created using a few basic techniques. It is simple to make rubber stamping backgrounds and create dramatic effects using supplies that are readily available without the need to buy any fancy equipment.
This is a great way to ensure the perfect backdrop for a rubber stamping project. Knowing how to create your own backgrounds gives you an almost endless supply of interesting and unique papers, while also saving money over shop bought papers. The backgrounds can be varied and adapted by using different color schemes and papers to create wonderful effects.
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Create a Background with Chalk Shavings
Chalk shavings create wonderful swirls and patterns on wet paper. Each sheet is unique and the effects range from subtle to dramatic.
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Distressing paper is a great way to add age and texture to a project. This makes an effective background for many stamping projects including handmade cards. The distressing technique is deceptively simple to do and very easy to adapt.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Create your own unique papers by stamping all over a piece of paper. This is such an easy technique, yet it is also very effective. Vary the type of stamp or the color of ink for different effects.
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Tips for Using Backgrounds
- Tear around paper to create textured edges. For a professional finish color the edges with a color to coordinate with the project.
- Use paper punches to punch shapes from scraps of background paper to use as embellishments.
- Keep a supply of scrap paper to practice with - old printer paper is ideal.
- Simple rubber stamp designs look great with complex backgrounds, whereas detailed rubber stamp designs are complemented by more simple backgrounds. A very detailed stamp design combined with a complex background may look overly 'busy' whereas a simple stamp design and background may look 'stark'. However many fantastic effects can be achieved by disregarding all design rules - so experiment and see what works for you!