Creating Background Patterns with Multiple Stamps

I have always loved background stamps. As one stamping friend calls them, "background stamps are as foundational as underwear". Wow, now that's quite the statement! I love the full size background stamps that cover an entire card front or project with a pattern or texture and I also love the stamps that are handheld and make itty bitty splatters or patterns. 

Make Your Own Background/Pattern Stamps 
Creating your own custom grouping of images for a background is as simple as selecting a few photopolymer or rubber stamps and placing them on the same acrylic block. Let me explain:

 

1. Choose 3 more more images. They should all be photopolymer or all rubber stamps. You cannot mix or match on the same acrylic block because they are different heights. From my experience, it is more visually pleasing to select images either from the same stamp set, line style and similar size. But as with stamping, you're your own boss. You're a big girl or boy, so I'm not going to stop you from doing what you want. 

2. Adhere to acrylic block. Once you've selected your images place them on a single acrylic block. If you're using smaller images and fewer images, you can get away with a smaller block. When you place your stamp images on the block you have several choices of looks. 

  • Brick/Puzzle Style-For this method you will place the images close together with little spacing between each and line them up that you can easily 'lay bricks' as you build your pattern. This technique works especially well with stamps that are square or rectangular. 

  • Aired Out/Loose Pattern Style-This method reminds me of many of the pattern papers I see in craft stores. The images are clustered but not as closely together and the images are also angled different ways. I like this style when I am after a less formal or organized background. This is great for beginners and those of us who don't need an exact GPS location assigned for every cluster in the background. In other words, it is very forgiving and less exacting. 

3. Ink. Stamp. Repeat. Once you've positioned (and repositioned) how you like the images and even done a few test patterns, ink up your custom background stamp and start creating! You can use VersaMark or stamp tone on tone or go more bold and use colors. I've even seen crafters stamp line art images in black and then go back and color them with this technique. 


Tips & Alternates 

  • For even more subtle backgrounds you can 'stamp off' or blot each image on some scratch paper to remove some of the ink.
  • For a multicolored background, try alternating colors. For example, stamp once in blue, clean your stamp and then ink in red and stamp another cluster. Clean your stamp and either choose a third color or return to blue again. 
    Pattern Stamping with Images and Words
  • Experiment with a mix of images and word stamps. We know it's almost as crazy as cats and dogs living together, but try living on the edge. If you're using photopolymer stamps you can even curve your words to give it even more interest.
    Pattern Stamping with Line Art Images and Coloring
  • Stamp line art images and then add color to the images.
  • Use this technique on all of your papercrafting projects. Backgrounds on card fronts, tags, die cut boxes and gift packaging, scrapbook pages, envelopes, creating your own stamped tissue paper or wrapping paper and on and on!

The stamps used in this tutorial come from Stamp Chimp's March 2021 Release. Get the stamp set used in this post, Monkey Kisses.

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