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WF12 Background Check

WF/12 BACKGROUND CHECK  (from Feb 11,2012 to Feb 19, 2012)

For this challenge you can use a background stamp anyway you want. I’m hoping there will be some new ideas I haven’t seen before, but I’ll accept any use of a background stamp as eligible for the challenge.

You can combine this challenge with up to two other challenges.


 One thing I’ve wanted to do, for a while now, was to combine a background stamp with an image stamp that I had coloured in with my Copics, but I kept running into problems (of course) with the two images overlapping.  Obviously, I needed to mask the image while applying the background but using my usual mask of liquid frisquet didn’t seem to work on the kind of cardstock I use with Copics. It kept tearing off part of the image, when I tried to remove it.  If I tried to use a paper mask , the thickness of the paper seemed to interfere with getting  a good  stamping of the background.  Finally, while packing lunches one morning, I had the idea of trying to use Press and Seal as a mask. It’s thin and has some tackiness to hold it in place but not so much that it would tear the paper  when taking it off.


I started by stamping the image stamp on the Press and Seal using Staz On ink. Then , putting the  stamped wrap on my cutting mat, I cut out the image with an exacto knife. I’m not going to lie, this is a bit diddle, and you need to hold the image down with one finger while cutting, but you don’t have to do a perfect job ,just get it close to the edge of the image and you should be good.


Then I gently lift the mask off the cutting mat with my tweezers and apply it over the stamped image on cardstock.  Again,  if the image is complicated it can be a bit diddle, but the wrap is flexible and it is quite easy to pull it into position without ripping it. The wrap is thin enough that even if you get a few ripples in it , it doesn’t seem to interfere with the back ground stamping. Once it is in place the way you want, just make sure it is well pressed down.


Now you’re ready to ink up your background stamp and apply it over the image stamp. Then carefully pull off the mask.  If you want to emboss the background,  go ahead.  Just one word of advice, remove the mask before you  use the heat to emboss. I didn’t, one time, and ended up with the mask pretty well bonded to the cardstock. Here are two cards I made using this technique with two different background stamps, behind the same image stamp. In this case I masked and stamped the background before colouring in the dog and bird but you can color first if you prefer.

Steps for Masking


Anyway, I hope some of you find this idea useful.

I’ve also included a sample where I used a background stamp, a couple of times,  stamped at an angle to imitate sheets of music on top of one another and another where I’ve stamped the background with Versamark and then dusted it with PearlEx pigment to give a shimmery but very smooth background.  This needs to be sprayed with fixative to make it more permenant.

Background Stamp Samples


 I hope you have fun with this and I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with your background stamps.

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