Video: Partial Background Heat Embossing and More Stamping Tips

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.

Partial Background Heat Embossing and More Stamping Tips by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

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.

Partial Background Heat Embossing and More Stamping Tips by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

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.

Partial Background Heat Embossing and More Stamping Tips by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

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.

Partial Background Heat Embossing and More Stamping Tips by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

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.

yana-sig

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