Monday, April 15, 2013

Patchwork Background

This week we have another fabulous challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show, namely to use background stamps. Don't miss the wonderful ideas from the design team, for lots of different ways to use your background stamps.

I love background stamps because they are so very versatile, use them to cover an entire background, build up layers, add texture, stamp on die cuts and letters, there is so much you can do.

I wanted to use lots of background stamps on my card and ended up using twenty different stamps, most of them from Hero Arts. When I use distress inks or distress stains on my craft sheet, I often wipe up the remaining ink with scraps of watercolour paper, so I have a pretty big stash of these colourful papers. I like having them ready to use on a project. After taking out a pile of papers from my scrap folder, I die cut them into small squares. Each square was stamped with a different background stamp using a slightly darker shade of Distress Ink, for a tone-on-tone effect. I stitched with a zigzag stitch in between all the blocks.

Maya Road canvas butterflies were stamped with a script  background stamp and flutter over the card. I used the Simon Says Stamp exclusive Mini Hearts Set to die cut the tiny hearts, love this die since I am fond of adding tiny hearts as details on my projects. The sentiment was stamped with Simon Says Stamp Music 2 My Ears set.

Here's a photo of the pile of colourful inky watercolour papers I started out with.

I can't wait to see what you will create with your background stamps this week. As every week, our fabulous sponsor Simon Says Stamp gives a $50 gift voucher to one random participant.

Happy Stamping!


Dies: Simon Says Stamp Mini Hearts Set; Sizzix Square Framelits


  1. What a beautiful quilted background you created! I love that you used up scraps too! Beautiful grid and inchie card!

  2. I LOVE this!!! The colors, the textures, gorgeous!!!!

  3. Anna-Karin...your patchwork piece is so pretty. I love the watercolor backgrounds you've stamped and stitched into such a wonderful project! <3 Candy

  4. Hi Anna-Karin, what a lovely way to use your background stamps, I love the patchwork effect and the added butterflies are gorgeous. I love the added stitching and hearts too. Tracy x x

  5. beautiful made, colours are so pretty together.

  6. Wow, Anna-Karin! Beautiful patchwork! Love the real sewing you did and the canvas butterflies! So pretty to use those stamps and colors that way! Hugs, Sandra

  7. Absolutely stunning, Anna-Karin! I just love the pattern work and the pretty watercolored papers!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  8. Gosh this is beautiful! And what a great way to use up all those watercolor papers!

  9. What a gorgeous patchwork of colour and pattern... I also love the pile of papers too!!
    Alison x

  10. This must have been a fun piece to work on, Anna-Karin. Blessings!


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