You can create intriguing backgrounds for your handmade cards using abstract stamps and a lot of experimenting. If you’re like me, you’re fascinated by the designs you can make with splatters, brushstrokes, and other abstract images. But it’s not always easy to end up with a cohesive design.
For those of you who are interested in designing cards, I thought I’d share the story of how one card evolved using abstract stamps. I started with the focal point this time, three flowers from the Special Reason Bundle.
Then I got out some of my favorite abstract stamps and started playing with them to come up with a design that would enhance the focal point, but not detract from it.
An important thing to remember when using abstract stamps is you want to paint an interesting picture with them. This is not the same as stamping the same image randomly across a background. The background itself needs to be designed as consciously as any other part of the card.
Here are some of my practice pieces:
I decided to go with the diagonal line composition, as this is so effectively pleasing to the observer’s eye. So I got out some cardstock, and after a few experiments, settled on this design. The reason the texture stamps in the center are so dark, is I kept underestimating how much would get covered by the flowers.
When I put the flowers on the background, I was underwhelmed. I added some Lace Doilies, which helped. Here’s the first version of the finished card. I thought it needed something, but by that time I needed to get ready for bed.
The next morning I looked at this card and thought it looked very anemic. So I carefully peeled the flowers and doilies away from the background and did some more experimenting. First I extended some of the background texture so it would show more. Then I sponged some the Doilies with Wisteria Wonder Ink, and sponged the edges of the flowers as well. Now the card is much more effective.
The first night I had also played with the background design on Mint Macaron Cardstock. I liked the background, but the Mint Flowers didn’t have enough contrast against the background. Very Vanilla Doilies did the trick. I did try sponging them with Wisteria Wonder, but the Vanilla accentuates the flowers better.
Please leave a comment to let me know if you find this kind of blog post helpful. I’ll do more like this if you let me know you want them. I don’t want to bore you! 🙂 While you’re at it, let me know which version you like best!
The abstract stamps I used came from three stamp sets. If you’re just starting with abstract stamps, you can choose one set and play with that until you’re sure you like them. Then add to your collection as you see stamps that fit your style.
I hope you’re inspired to create abstract backgrounds for your handmade cards!