7 Ways: Scattered Stamping


– [Jennifer] Hi there and welcome back. It’s Jennifer McGuire and I
hope you’re having a good week. Today I am sharing with
you some tips for creating scattered stamped backgrounds. Now, scattered stamped backgrounds seem to be really popular these days where you take a bunch of stamped images and cover the entire background with them. I’ll be honest, the engineer
in me struggles with this in kind of having a random look so I’m going to share with you some tips in case you have struggled with it too, what I found has worked well for me. And the great thing about this technique is once you formed your stamps into a scattered background you can make many cards at once. So I actually have seven
different card ideas or options for using
scattered background stamping. I also, I show how to do these backgrounds with the stamping tool such
as a MISTI and without, both are easy so I’ll
show both in this video. Now all of my cards are
made from two stamp sets. These are from the Ink Blot Shop. On the left we have the Arts
and Crafts Icon stamp set and on the right we have the Arts And Crafts Sentiment stamp set. These work by themselves
or together very well. I like that the set on
the left has large images and the set on the
right has smaller images and some sentiments. These just made me so giddy, I mean these are right
up any crafter’s alley so I thought they will be fun for creating a scattered background, so I could use as many images as possible, and I trade out the sentiments
that I use on each card. Now to create a scattered
stamped background you could just start stamping and just stamp your images as close as possible to each other. But I find it best to instead
arrange all the images and create my own
background stamp from them. The way I like to do this is I have a piece of white card stock there that’s the size I want to stamp on. It’s about four inches
by five and a quarter so it’ll look nice on a note card. Over that piece of white card stock I have just a piece of clear plastic that was a backing from this stamp set so I’m just using it temporarily. Here I have the plastic on the top and the card stock below it, and I just know I want
to arrange my stamps so they fill in that
white card stock area. Now what I like to do is start
with a few big images first. Then start filling in the area around it. I find for me, scattered
stamping is better when I have everything
pretty much straight, so pointing up and down or side to side, it just works better for me except those scissors. I thought it’d be fun to have the scissors kind of go a little diagonal there but everything else is
going to be pretty straight. A lot of creating is
finding your comfort zone and stretching it a little bit. So for me, doing the
scattered stamped background is a little bit of a stretch but I kind of keep it comfortable by making things straight. I will link to a couple artists in my YouTube description below who do excellent scattered stamped cards, and I hope you’ll check those
out for more inspiration. Now as I’m laying these stamps down I do need to mention I am placing them on to that plastic sheet with the back of the stamp facing up and the part that you ink
and stamp facing down, that’s really important. If you find little areas where you don’t have a stamp
to fit in, that’s okay. You can look at other
stamp sets for tiny images or add accents there later. But thankfully these stamp sets had plenty of images to
fill that entire background. I’m first going to show you
how to do this technique with a stamping tool so I have my MISTI here. I’m going to pick up
that plastic carefully and lay it into my MISTI. Now I am going to look and see where the edge of that
white card stock lines up with the grid in the background. It’s like three little
blocks from the right and five blocks from the bottom. You could mark it in different ways, I just found that was
easiest to notice that. Now, I’m going to press
the door down on my MISTI, make sure I pick up all of those stamps and now all the stamps are
transferred into my MISTI. I can peel that plastic
away and set it aside. The reason I use that plastic was the plastic kind of
holds the stamps in place while you’re arranging them and keeps them from moving too much. Now you could arrange your
stamps directly in the MISTI, I just found it easier to do
it outside and transfer it in but either way would work. I also put washi tape as guides for where my card stock will go. Now I can do a bunch of
scattered background stamps since they’re all arranged. So let’s start with the first example and that is to do a spotlight technique. This works really well with
scattered stamped backgrounds. So basically I stamped all of
the images with a light ink except one where I stamped that with like bold ink or do
coloring on it so it stands out. I have my MISTI here
with my stamps arranged, I’m going to put a piece
of white card stock right up against that washi tape and I’m going to remove the one image that I want to stand out and that is the one that
looks like a handmade card. Now the rest of the
images I’m going to ink up with the Simon Says Stamp Fog Ink. This is a super light gray ink which I think works great
for spotlight stamping. Since we have a lot of images in the MISTI I’m going to put some good muscle in it to make sure that I transfer
all the ink onto the paper. Now on that open spot we’re gonna stamp the card with black ink and also a sentiment and a little heart, and then I just did some basic
coloring with copic markers. I’m not gonna show it here
because it’s pretty simple, just added some coloring to it and a little shimmer pen too. So on the front it says you’re crafty, and then the nice thing about
this sentiment stamp set is that there is this fun
sentiment to add on the inside that says, and you’re just my type, which I think is really great. Since I used a black note card I put white card stock on the inside for a place to write the message. I also used the stamps to
create the matching envelop. I white heat embossed this little paint blob and the paint brush and then also the sentiment on the flap, and I can write my
address to the recipient right there in that paint blob. Great way to pull it all together. If you wanted to you could pop that little spotlight image but I like that it’s nice and smooth. Okay, before we go onto the next example wanted to show you how I
changed this background just a little bit so that
it will be a vertical card. So I kept all the stamps in place just took out that one
spotlight card image and instead I put in a different sentiment from these stamp sets. And then I had to move
a few images in closer to kind of fill in the area since this sentiment was smaller than what I had in there below. But everything else is in the same place, that’s one of the nice things about this scattered stamping technique. You can create the background
with a bunch of images and just move a few to
get a different look. Okay, so our second example
is to do embossed resist with some fun ink blending on top. This one is really easy to do and the colors are so vivid and fun. So, I have my MISTI with all the stamps how I just arranged them. Putting some good old white
card stock into the MISTI and I’m stamping all of the
images except the sentiment. I took the sentiment out and stamping them all with VersaMark Ink. The only reason I took the sentiment out is at this point I wasn’t sure if I wanted it to be white or black, so that’s why I left it. So, I’m really putting
some muscle into this, you can see me just
pressing as firmly as I can. Wanna make sure all of
those images stamped that VersaMark onto the white paper. That’s a sticky ink so
now I’m going to add some white embossing powder to it and this will give me a beautiful white on white embossed look. So once we have this heat embossed I’m going to apply ink over it and the white embossing
powder will resist the ink. You could use different dye
or pigment inks for this but definitely my favorite
ink for ink blending is Distress Oxide ink. You can see that it goes on very smooth and the blending takes very little effort. I’m using an ink blending tool and making sure to put the
color down very generously and overlapping the colors. So I’m actually only
using three colors of ink. This is Candied Apple,
Wild Honey and Salty Ocean. But because I’m overlapping them I end up with an orange and a green in between those colors so I get a beautiful rainbow look. After I’ve applied a lot of the ink I use a dry cloth to wipe
off any of the excess ink that is sitting on the embossed areas and then those embossed
areas will be bright white with that beautiful
color in the background. You can see this ink
blending took no time at all and also I did add in the white heat embossed sentiment
before I did all that. I do find that you get better results if you do the ink blending after you do the heat embossing. I added that onto a white note
card and we’re good to go. You could add a lot to this, you could spray it with shimmer mist, you could do all kinds of things but I thought simple was best. If you want a softer look you can apply less ink
or use softer colors. Okay, so there are many heat embossed resist
techniques that you could do but one that I think
works really well also with the scattered stamped backgrounds is to do like a watercolor look over it. So just like a wash of
watercolor or anything at all. I’m gonna show you one way
that I find super easy to do since I’m not great with watercolor. I started with the same
scattered stamped arrangement and this time I white heat embossed the images onto watercolor paper. And then I black heat
embossed the sentiment so it would stand out a bit. I’ve also put down my Tim
Holtz Non-Stick Craft Mat. Now this mat is smaller than most, I like the small size. It’s white and the back side
of it is a little sticky so it stays in place on your work surface. This is new and I’m really crazy about it. Onto this mat I have pressed three colors of Distress Ink. Then I’m putting a little water on it and I’m using a small acrylic block to transfer that ink onto
my watercolor paper here. This is just a fun way to apply it and kind of get a random look, and I do several layers of color. Here I have some Salty Ocean, some Peacock Feathers and some
Mermaid Lagoon ink colors. And I’m just smooshing it
right onto the background and you can see my white
heat embossing resist this watercolor that we’re putting on top. There are a variety of different
dye inks that work for this but I find Distress Ink
gives the best results. Now I put down my first
layer, it’s very soft and I’m heat setting it just a little bit. Not much and then I’m
going in with a dry cloth and dabbing off the excess ink. Now I’m going to repeat this a few times until I get the right amount of color like how dark I want it to be. And I also make sure that
I keep it kind of messy. You want it to look messy when it’s wet so that when it dries you
get a fun layered look. You saw once again I applied some ink, heat set it just a touch to dry some of the color into the paper and then dabbed off the excess. Now I’m going in and adding
more color here and there. By using the acrylic block I can end up with more of a
artsy look, a more messy look but you could definitely use
a paintbrush if you want to. Here I wanted my sentiment
to stand out a bit more so I took some clean water
and a clean paintbrush and applied the water right
to where the sentiment is. I then took a dry clean
cloth to dab over it and this kind of lifts
some of the color away and softens that area so that the sentiment
stands out a bit more. You don’t have to do that but I thought it really helped
it to kind of pop a bit. I also, after this was dried, I applied some Distress Ink
in the Peacock Feathers color with an ink blending tool to the edge just so it looks a little more defined. And I added that onto a white note card. Now I wanted the word crafts to be solid so I decided to fill in those open letters with some Black Nuvo Drops. I have some of the Black Nuvo
Drops in this fine tip bottle. It is a little bit tricky to get the Nuvo Drops out of the fine tip bottle, you need to apply a
good amount of pressure but it was really handy to do that to fill in these tiny letters so they have some dimension and shine. There you can see the background, it’s a little messy but not too messy so it works for me. And it’s just nice and soft and it really goes well with those white images that we have there. Again, I do recommend watercolor
paper for this technique and of course I have my matching envelop. Now, since I liked doing
this technique so much I thought I would show
you one more example. This one has more of a rainbow look. I did the exact same thing but this was just a better demonstration of being able to control
where the color goes with your acrylic block but it still has that random nature to it. I am again pressing Distress Inks onto my work surface here and I’ll add some water to it. The more water you put
the softer the look. The less water you put the
more intense the color will be. Using my acrylic block
I’m kind of pressing color into different areas but I’m making sure
that I overlap the areas so I can create new colors. I kind of do a rainbow
starting in the top left working my way in a
circle to the top right. So we have some pink, some orange, yellow, green and blue. You could do this with less color and just allow them to
overlap more if you want to. I heat set it a little bit, dabbed away some of the excess color and then I went and added some more to it. By heating and dabbing and adding more I can get more of a splotchy
look in the background instead of a complete blended look. So there you can see the final result and I again filled in the letters on craft so it would kind of pop a little bit, and again, a matching envelop. There are many ways you could do this heat embossed resist
technique with watercolor. Any watercolors would work. I just find distress
inks very handy to use. Okay, now before we move
on to the next techniques, I wanted to show you how to create a scattered stamped background like this without a stamping tool. Very easy to do. So I started over and
I rearranged my images onto a piece of plastic
just like I did earlier where I put a piece of
white card stock behind it. Arranged the stamps with the
back of the stamps facing up right on top of that plastic. Now I have another piece of plastic, the thickest plastic I could
find from some recycling and I’m placing that right on top. I’m pressing firmly and I’ll transfer all of those stamps onto
this piece of plastic. Just check your packaging, there’s lots of different
things that you can use. You could even use a clear plastic plate that you can recycle. So I have all of my images on here and now I’m just gonna stamp with this. And it’s really easy to pick up and do. Okay, so for my first example using this arrangement of stamps I’m going to do a monochromatic card. Very easy, pretty obvious but I’m gonna show you a little trick. Keep in mind that you
could do this card design with clear embossing powder
or any color you want. I have my little scattered
background stamped here that I created on that piece of plastic. I’m inking it up generously
with VersaMark Ink. Using my antistatic powder tool on a piece of pool card stock I’m just going to pick up this plastic and lay it down gently onto my card stock. And I’ll press it firmly to transfer all of that ink onto the paper. You could leave the stamp
laying on your table and lay the paper onto it, whatever works best for you. I’m going to go ahead and add white embossing powder to this and then let my heat gun get
good and hot and heat set it. After I have my heat embossing I’m going in with a white colored pencil just to add some highlights here and there to my stamped images. You could skip this if you want to but I think it adds a lot of interest to this plain white embossing
on the colored card stock. This is an excellent example for using up scrap card
stock that you may have. I used an aqua shimmer
pen to color in the card where the sentiment is
to make it stand out which really makes a
big impact in real life. So there is a way of using your
scattered stamped background for a monochromatic look, something simple and adding those white
highlights just to make it pop. It would be fun to do a
set of note cards as a gift with different colors of this card. Okay, my next example
is just to use vellum for your scattered background. Very simple, nothing fancy here but I think sometimes we forget how beautiful vellum looks
on a colored note card. So using the same arrangement as before, I just did some white heat
embossing on the vellum. Make sure you use your
antistatic powder tool first so that you can keep a nice
crisp stamped background. And make sure your heat
gun is good and hot before you bring it to
melt the embossing powder. Vellum may warp if you
put too much heat on it. So by heating your heat gun
up for like a good 30 seconds you can prevent the amount of time you need to leave the heat on the vellum. I’m putting some strong double sided tape just behind the card image since I’m going to add something over it. Then I’m hiding the rest of my adhesive with a Quickie Glue Pen and coloring right behind
all the white embossing on the back of the vellum. I’m going to flip this over and lay it onto a pool colored note card and hold it there until it dries. Now you could do any
color card back there, you could even do like maybe
an alcohol inked background and then put the vellum over it and that would be beautiful. But I kept it simple
with a solid note card. Then I white heat embossed
the card and the sentiment and I cut that out and added
it with some foam adhesive right onto the vellum. I also added some shimmer
with the shimmer pen just so it would have some shine. This is very simple but again, that vellum adds a little
bit of interest to it. If you wanted to on the back of the vellum before you glue it to the card you could add some coloring
with maybe copic markers or colored pencils. Okay, my next idea is to use
your scattered background stamp with patterned paper. Now the key here is to
pick a pattern paper that doesn’t fight with the pattern that you’re stamping on top. I thought this rainbow stripe was perfect. I tend to buy pattern
paper but not use it much so this is a great design to use up some of those patterns that we’ve been kind of hoarding along the way. So I just did white heat embossing except for that spotlight image. I stamped that on white card
stock and added some color. Cut it out and added
it with foam adhesive. Now if you have a really
crazy pattern paper that you wanna use, what I recommend is instead
white heat embossing the scattered stamping on vellum then adding that on to the pattern just to kind of tone it down a bit. It really makes a big difference. Another idea along the same lines is to create a fun background, maybe experiment with some Distress Inks or some alcohol inks
or something like that, and then just do the scattered
stamping on top of that. This particular background here is left over from an alcohol ink marbling video I did a while back and I’ll link to it here. I had it left over and unused. I kept it and it worked
perfect for this technique. That soft blue marbling
was a perfect backdrop for this scattered stamped background with the white heat embossed ink. So don’t always get rid
of those backgrounds that you don’t use because you might be able to use them for a card like this. Okay, my last example is
one that scared me at first. I thought it would be too busy for me but I ended up liking
it for a few reasons. I really like one layer cards. I feel they mail wonderfully and scattered stamped
backgrounds like this are great for one layer cards because it has a lot of interest to it, you don’t need accents. Here I stamped the same
scattered background stamp arrangement for my last examples but this time onto white
card stock with black ink and I colored it in. You could color it in any way you want, I just used copic markers. At first I thought this
would be too busy for me and I plan to put a
sheet of vellum over it to kind of tone it down. But I found because I arranged my images so that they would be straight, it kind of helped me. It helped my eye to be okay with having so much
going on on a background. I encourage you to experiment and find what works for you
and what you’re happy with but sometimes all of those
images on a background can be just what you need. Okay, so there you have it, several ways to use those
scattered stamped backgrounds. I hope you’ll give this a try. I link to all the supplies in
my YouTube description below along with a few other artists that I think you really should check out for more ideas with scattered stamping. In the middle are couple other
videos that you can watch. I appreciate you stopping by, I hope you’re having a
great week and take care.

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