Three More Ways to Create Backgrounds for Handmade Cards

Today I’ll show you three more ways to create backgrounds for handmade cards.  You can see the first three techniques in this post from last week:  Backgrounds for Cards.

You’ll love how a good background can add texture and dimension to your handmade cards, as well as make them look more professional.  As I mentioned in the post last week, it’s important that the background doesn’t overwhelm your focal point.  So when you consider how to step up a plain piece of card stock, you’re going to want it to be subtle.  Here are some examples.

1.  Create a lovely background by stamping an image from your focal point, with the same color ink as the card stock.  That’s called tone-on-tone stamping.  Here’s a card using the Peaceful Petals stamp set (wood 133104, clear 133107) that members of the Mad Stampers Club made in February.

Peaceful Petals - Simple version for Mad Stampers Club

The stamp used for the cut-out flowers was inked with Soft Sky and stamped on the Soft Sky card stock.  You can imagine how busy it would make the background if a darker ink had been usedWith tone-on-tone stamping, you can create your own “Designer Paper” in any color you want, and not overwhelm your design.

2.  A flourish stamp will give you a lovely background as well.  This card uses a rather small flourish stamp from the now-retired Elements of Style set.  It is stamped tone-on-tone.  You can see that it is a little busier than the last example, but the focal point is strong enough that the eye of the viewer doesn’t get confused about where you want it to come to rest.

Elements of Style and Fresh Vintage from Stamping Madly

A larger flourish creates a subtler background. The Everything Eleanor set (wood 131987, clear 124164) has a large, graceful flourish stamp that you’ll find useful over and over.  Even though it is stamped tone-on-tone, you can see how dark colors show up more prominently even on the same color card stock than lighter colors do.

Everything Eleanor  card with Flourish background from Stamping Madly

3.  You can create another elegant background with scoring.  The Simply Scored scoring plate makes it quick and easy to add this elegant touch to your cards.  Sponge a bit of tone on tone ink over the score lines and they’ll really pop.

Serene Silhouettes-Bright Summer Day

If you want to learn how to make a scored frame background, use this button to view the video on my YouTube Channel:  Be sure to click the “like” button if you enjoy the video, and subscribe to my channel if you haven’t already done so.


If you like the look of a scored background, you’ll love the entirely different effect you’ll get with the Simply Scored Diagonal PlateA follower on my Facebook Page said she likes how “the embossing draws the eye to the beautiful center!”

Happiness Shared in Purple-cr

If you want to learn how to make this background, use this button to view the video on my YouTube Channel.  Click the “like” icon and subscribe to The Mad Stamper Channel while you’re there!


Are you inspired by all these ideas?  I hope so!  My goal is to get you in your craft room playing and experimenting to see what you can come up with!

Leave a comment to let me know if you are intrigued, inspired, excited, or you just plain like the cards!  Your comments encourage me to do more posts like this one on three more ways to create backgrounds for handmade cards.

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