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Thursday, April 10, 2014

stamped spotlight frames...


actually the title should be...

another reason to LOVE giant background stamps...

here's a fun trick...

use typing paper to cut out a circle...
it's the perfect size for larger art journal pages...

lay the paper circle in the center of the background stamp and add ink, by tapping the pad on the stamp...some ink will go onto the paper circle...





REMOVE the paper circle & stamp onto an art journal page...


and the starting point of the page...
with a circle spotlight...
& a bold frame...


same process with the ledger background stamp...



for a more subtle background...



and here's a finished spotlight frame art journal page...

this time I used the stripes background stamp...

the page below actually started with the archival reinker/alcohol (surgical spirits) background...
(tree branch & forget-me-not)...

then the stamped stripes/circle frame was added over the dry background...


the vintage floral stencil is a favorite...

tree branch archival is an awesome background color...
it pretty much coordinates with everything...

that's my tip for today...

a fun way to change the look of your background stamps...

there are so many options...
think about this...

for every background stamp you have...

you can use any large shape...
or use several smaller shapes...

or...use a mask...

or use the idea on a smaller project like a card front, to spotlight your main image or sentiment...

it's an easy way to send a single layer card that looks dimensional...

and this works on tags too...

altering background stamps to create stamped spotlight frames is simple & quick!

background stamps are essential tools when you...

make art!
wendy






34 comments:

Dorothy said...

Very cool!!

Sue Balawajder said...

Hi,just wanted to say WOW!!

Alyce said...

thanks! Will definitely be trying this.

Gunilla/Nilla said...

Looks stunning, I´ll have to try this! Thanks for the idea!

Claudine Criner said...

Very cool Wendy, I love the idea of using regular typing paper to make a mask of sorts.

Marissa said...

BRILLIANT!!!! I think I will have to try this trick out!

Debby said...

Love that idea for backgrounds! Does work for a card. Very cool idea. Thanks Wendy!

Gerrie Johnnic said...

I do so luv my bg stamps and just don't use them very much any more....(since the introduction of DP!)...thanks Wendy!

Zoe said...

Fantastic idea! Thank you very much for sharing, I'm def gonna be giving this a go, beautiful project by the way xx Zoe xx

RobinG said...

Great idea!

Stephanie Rodgers said...

Thanks for the tips!

Dee in N.H. said...

That's really cool! Love your card!

Gail said...















Wendy, thanks so much for the tip. I was wondering if that was a cut out circle glued to the card. What a neat idea, tfs.
Gail in Oklahoma

Wanda H said...

Way cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lori said...

Very cool! Love the idea for a card, and it's a great way to use the millions of dies I have..I mean, that people have. LOL

Vic said...

Great idea! TFS

Anna-Karin said...

It is beautiful Wendy! Love the wonderful layers and colours.

newfiecrafter(Marilyn) said...

Love this idea and I'm certainly going to give this a try --I have a ton of those large background stamps just sitting there.

Buttons said...

It seems so obvious when you see it but I hadn't even thought of that as an idea before! I love my background stamps and this will definitely be used. Thank you so much for sharing, again! Jenny x

Kathy Eddy said...

Very clever and what a great look it gave you!

SusanK said...

Great idea! Now to get an inclement day to play! LOL Before I was anxious for a spring day. Sheesh.

Rea' said...

Oh WOW ... how cool is that .. Wendy do you ever do anything ugly? This is just totally awesome... love it !!!

Meme said...

You my girl are a smarty pants!
Love it!

Redanne said...

A simple idea with amazing results - why didn't I think of that one....!! You are so generous with your ideas. Love this one!

Lisa said...

Thanks for the awesome tip and the amazing inspiration - as always!! Gorgeous project!! Have a great evening :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Sue said...

What a cool idea. It's almost a thunk yourself on the side of the head and say, now why didn't I think of that!!

Julia Aston said...

This is such a simple (why didn't I think of this?!!?!) kind of idea - that no one thinks of!! accept you of course -and how effective is this! a super way to accent the center of a background stamp!

Lynn Hardy said...

What a great idea! I wish I'd thought of it!

Patricia said...

What a simple and clever idea...will certainly try this out...thanks for sharing!

Evelyn S. said...

Such a great tip with wonderful results!

Laura Strack said...

Love this technique. It enables you to use those background stamps more often. It encourages me to buy more stamps, too! Haha. Thanks, Wendy!

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