Background stamps, especially Bold Prints 6×6 Clings are always fun to use! Be it a portrait or a landscape A2 card – they work perfectly. Today I’m using Irregular Grid stamp and making only a partial impression to create map-like backgrounds for my cards.
There’s a fantastic card example in Summer 2016 catalog where dark brown ink is used over light brown paper for a desert-like look. To me however, the Irregular Grid stamp looks like a city grid (and this is actually what inspired artists at Hero to create it). When I look at this stamp I see city streets, city districts, city pipe lines.
Watch my video tutorial to see how I created the cards I’m sharing today. Watch here or on Hero Arts Youtube Channel:
I wasn’t sure what colors of ink I wanted to use for my ink blended maps, so I heat embossed several partial backgrounds and inked them up using a variety of colors. You can see all of my backgrounds on video, here I’m only sharing 3. I used Soft Olive, Pool, Tide Pool, Soft Granite, Butter Bar and Ultra Pink.
Instead of using my usual ink blending tool, I used mini finger tip daubers for precise color application. To dress up my map backgrounds I decided to add flowers. I went with You're So Lovely stamp set and matching dies and stamped those using Butter Bar, Soft Apricot and Soft Olive. Be sure to watch my video to see how I did circular ombre inking on a round object such as flower.
Once I adhered my ink blended panels onto card bases I foam mounted the flowers, adhered the leaves and add a big die cut Hello along with a heat embossed sentiment. I went with I Miss You from the Hello Stamp & Cut set, Home is Where You Make it and We Moved Come Visit sentiments from the Town Essentials stamp set.
I had a blast making these cards and I have plenty of ink blended background left to more.
I hope I was able to inspire you and give you a few tips for your stamping and cardmaking.