More Handmade Cards with Abstract Backgrounds

Abstract backgrounds on handmade cards can be quite captivating, and I thought I’d share some more cards to inspire you.  As you saw in the last post (Create Abstract Backgrounds), using abstract stamps takes a little different approach than you might be used to.

Stampin’ Up! has more abstract stamps than you’ll see here.  In fact they often add one or two to many of their sets.  I’ll show you only a few examples of cards using them.

You might just fall in love with the Timeless Textures Stamp Set, once you see some ways to use it.  This is the first card I made with Timeless Textures, and it really taught me how to “paint a picture” with the abstract stamps.  The background needs to be subtle enough to not detract from the focal point, and interesting enough to give the eye something fun to explore.

Abstract background for handmade card from Stamping Madly using Timeless Textures stamp set from Stampin' Up!

The background on this card is a simpler composition that helps draw the attention to the floral focal point.

handmade card from Stamping Madly with abstract background using Timeless Textures from Stampin' Up!

The Work of Art Set has several brushstroke stamps. has given me a background technique that I use over and over.  You can see it in this card.


Here’s a video that shows how to create this background:

The same technique gives an impression of well-worn leather on the front of this card.


The Work of Art Stamps are used as the focal point in this card, rather than fading into the background.


Gorgeous Grunge has some fun stamps.  It provides the background stripes and splatters in this card.


Do you like more subtle splatters on your handmade cards?  Gorgeous Grunge has a great stamp for you, as seen in this tag.

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The same splatters were used tone-on-tone on this background.


Awesomely Artistic has some wonderful abstract stamps, including that lovely pattern at the bottom of the artwork.  It also has  some splatters I use more often than any others.


Touches of Texture debuted in the 2016 Annual Catalog from Stampin’ Up!  I especially like the lacy texture on this background.


By the way, some of these cards were featured projects in past newsletters.  That means subscribers received access to free tutorials for those cards in the monthly email newsletter.  Not only that, but subscribers see exclusive articles and tips that non-subscribers don’t see.  If you want to be sure to get the most from Stamping Madly, use this button to sign up today!


I hope that seeing more cards with abstract backgrounds has inspired you to experiment with creating your own abstract compositions for your handmade cards!


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2 Responses to More Handmade Cards with Abstract Backgrounds

  1. Ginger March 31, 2017 at 8:20 pm #

    I have and enjoy the Work of Art Stamp Set. The other sets you used are lovely. These sets are far more versatile than I thought. Thanks for posting.

    • Sage March 31, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

      Thanks, Ginger. I’m glad I can show off their versatility for you. I appreciate the comment.

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