Tightwad Tuesday: Background stamps are a girls best friend.

Hi All,

And welcome to another edition of Tightwad Tuesday.  Today’s focus is on a group of my favorite stamps.  Page 133 & 134 in the Idea Book and Catalog are hiding stamping gold with a few diamonds hidden in there as well.  All for the price of $17.95 each (with one or two exceptions).   That frugal price puts them front and center on the Under $20 listing of stamps and wheels.  For the full listing check the sidebar SCRIBD documents.

Before there were Big Shot Texturz plates and impressions folders there were background stamps to add visual image textures and layers. 

The approximate dimensions for the background stamps are 4-1/2 x 5-3/4 though there is some variation and thus will provide coverage for the standard card size and of course they work on littler cards too. 

 

Here’s one of my experiments for a set of 4×4 notecards for my Mom.  The colors are a whole lot darker and richer than this scan makes them appear.

Stamps: Medallion, En Francais

Paper: Crushed Curry

Ink: Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry

Now I just have to create a matching box for them.  This project also shows how well many of these stamps work together.

With so many to choose from in so many different styles there is something for everyone in Stampin’ Up!’s set of Background images.  From shabby chic (Gratuitous Graffiti) to elegant (Bella Toile & Medallion & En Francais) to downright masculine (Sanded & Woodgrain) to everything in between you’ll find something that works for every card or project.   Several like the best selling stamp Medallion even work as focal images and not just backgrounds.

Here’s just a few of my favorites:

French Filigree – #113742, $17.95, pg. 133 IBC

This has a bit of the same style as the retired French Flair and can be embossed, inked and outlined with a gel pen to wonderful effect.

Links:

SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=17459

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3155

http://stampspaperscissors.typepad.com/stamps_paper_scissors/2009/11/another-christmas-bird.html

http://stampspaperscissors.typepad.com/stamps_paper_scissors/stampin-up-workshops

http://stampinbythesea.com/whippin-out-the-holiday-tags

http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=4364

http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=11404

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1435240?&cat=17459

http://kayleenscreations.blogspot.com/2009/07/corset-card.html – corset card with template

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1421131?&cat=17459

http://allthingsstampy.blogspot.com/2009/12/girly-and-glittery.html

http://stampspaperandink.typepad.com/stamps_paper_and_ink/2009/12/a-special-christmas-card.html

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Medallion – #115223, $17.95, pg. 133 IBC

Medallion Digital Image – # 118124, $1.95, available in the online store for download for use with My Digital Studio and other Digital image programs.

The large damask-style medallion image in the Medallion background stamp will lend a touch of Parisian elegance to any project.

Some time ago Stampin’ Up! announced that this was the number one selling stamp in the current catalog.  Not bad for a stamp new to this catalog and a background stamp at that!  The Digital image version is also not far behind in setting records for downloads.  This is an unusual background stamp in that it seems to get used more as a focal image than as a background per se. 

Stampin’ Up! did a very cool design job putting this stamp image together.  Various punches and dies coordinate that allow you to “lift” a section by punching or cutting out various sections that can then be lifted  with a dimensional and mixed with different colors.  And of course the bling factor is through the roof.  With glitter and the addition of Rhinestone brads this stamp goes from plain to gorgeous in the drop of hat.  

Links:

SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=17487  – 681 projects!

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3182

http://inkmebabyonemoretime.blogspot.com/2009/12/medallion-card.html

http://inkmebabyonemoretime.blogspot.com/2009/12/christmas-candle.html

http://sohappytostamp.typepad.com/my_weblog/2009/07/new-stampin-up-stamp-set-medallion.html

http://stampinbythesea.com/embossed-medallion

http://www.stampthat.com/blog/stampin-up-medallion-necklace/

http://www.barbstamps.com/my_weblog/2009/12/medallion-meets-fine-galaxy.html

http://www.stampinpretty.com/2009/08/medallion-squared.html

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1541384?&cat=17487

http://stampndesign.blogspot.com/2009/11/medallion-snowflake-ornament.html – ornament

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1527476?&cat=17487

http://juliedavison.blogspot.com/2009/11/medallion-emboss-resist.html

http://inkspiredcrafting.com/2009/08/05/monochromatic-card-using-stampin-up-medallion-and-circle-circus-stamp-sets.aspx?ref=rss

http://tarheelstamper.blogspot.com/2009/09/stampin-up-medallion-birthday-card.html

http://stampwithtami.com/blog/2009/10/stampin-up-medallion-cards/

http://www.stampthat.com/blog/lovely-as-a-tree-medallion-stamp-sets/

http://www.sandimaciver.com/sandi_maciver/stamp-set—medallion/

http://www.donnaj9.com/?p=1387

http://www.sharonburkert.com/as_the_ink_dries/medallion-stamp-set/

http://www.stampinwithblythe.com/2009/08/medallion-swapsbeautiful.html

http://gems4donna.blogspot.com/2009/12/medallion-christmas.html

http://stampingarden.blogspot.com/2009/12/second-post-medallion-wreath.html

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1551378?&cat=17487

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1542946?&cat=17487

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1524591?&cat=17487

http://jill031070.blogspot.com/2009/10/on-fourth-day-of-christmas.html – coasters

http://stampingwithlulu.blogspot.com/2009/10/tlc-class-project-1.html

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Tip: Try mixing and matching several background stamps together using various techniques as shown in several of todays links and videos’

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Woodgrain – #117100, $17.95, pg. 133 IBC

Perfect as a background for masculine cards as well as birds and tools and other wood related images.  Interesting as a punched and die cut image as well.

Stampin’ Up’s tongue in cheek description:

 Are you a tree hugger? Then the Woodgrain background stamp is the stamp for you! It gives any project that natural wooded look without having to sacrifice a tree (woodless paper not included).

I’ve also seen this stamp used effectively and creatively with many of our owl and bird images I just wasn’t able to find the links.

Links:

SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=17503

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3214

http://stampincentral.blogspot.com/2009/07/dream-dream-dream.html – uses Woodgrain and Medallion together

http://sunshinesmilesstamps.blogspot.com/2009/12/procrastinating.html

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1561446?&cat=17503

http://stampspaperscissors.typepad.com/stamps_paper_scissors/2009/09/the-wonderful-woodgrain-video-tutorial.html – video tutorial

http://stampspaperscissors.typepad.com/stamps_paper_scissors/2009/09/rockin-the-woodgrain-background.html – combines Woodgrain and Medallion

http://stampspaperscissors.typepad.com/stamps_paper_scissors/2009/09/one-more-woodgrain-card.html

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1521358?&cat=17503

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1483956?&cat=17503

http://stampwithtami.com/blog/2009/08/beware-pirates-porthole/

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Bella Toile – #111598, $17.95, pg. 134 IBC

A very elegant look with a hint of Paris in springtime.   In addition to a background I’ve also seen sections of this image cut out and watercolored as a focal image.  Lends itself to monochromatic cards for every occasion.  Stamp this image, add a ribbon and a sentiment block and you have a truly elegant 5 minute card.  Makes terrific wrapping paper too.  And one truly obsessed stamper I’ve seen used it to create her very own wall paper!  Talk about obsessive and finicky work!   Check the galleries for lots of ideas!

Links:

SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=14599

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=559

http://unfrogettablestamping.typepad.com/my_weblog/2009/11/november-stampastack-cards.html

http://stamperextraordinaire.blogspot.com/2009/11/bella-toile-stamp-camp-card-2.html

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1536466?&cat=14599 – candle

http://saucystamper.blogspot.com/2009/11/beautiful-gift-idea.html – candle and gift box

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1374712?&cat=14599

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1359426?&cat=14599

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1330940?&cat=14599

http://www.be-creativelyinspired.com/2009/03/playing-in-my-stamp-room.html

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1258557?&cat=14599

http://christinecreations.blogspot.com/2009/01/big-shot-valentine.html

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Tip: Many background stamps also look very cool impressed into thin metallic strips and femo clay as well as other mediums like gesso and acrylic paints and of course they make terrific tile coaster images too.

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En Français – #109521, $17.95, pg. 134 IBC

French is the language of love, and with this graceful scripting, you’ll love the elegant look that a simple background stamp can create.  And one of these days I’m going to get my French dictionary out and see if I can tell just what it says.

A more rounded and elegant copperplate style french writing image it’s similar to the retired French Script though with a different feel. 

Wonderful for creating vintage looking materials.  And with a bit of distressing you can make it look like an old love letter. 

Links:

SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=10585

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=630

http://clairedaly.typepad.com/sisterhood_of_the_travell/2009/11/claires-stampin-up-12-days-of-christmas-day-12-tree-trimmings.html

http://www.stampinpretty.com/quick-bookmark.html

http://www.angelasargeant.com/blog/stampin-up/910/

http://stampinbythesea.com/birthday-wishes

http://www.sarahiscrafty.com/craftysarah/2008/10/quickutz-silhouette-projects.html

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1395045?&cat=10585

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1193274?&cat=10585

http://stampspaperscissors.typepad.com/stamps_paper_scissors/2009/11/all-that-glitters.html

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1485550?&cat=10585

http://danniesdesigns.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/06/mojo-flower.html

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Tres Chic – #109258, $17.95, pg. 134 IBC

In addition to working as a background this image also provides fertile ground for cutting or punching out various sentiments.  Some stampers have also dissected this stamp into quite a few smaller unmounted sentiment stamps for an even more frugal value.

A very popular image especially for this time of year with Believe, Joy, Adore, hope etc. being often excised and used or with other images overlaid to take advantage of these sentiments or with a spotlight technique to showcase them.  Often used for Valentines as well.

Links:

SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=10809

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=858

http://thestampinbean.blogspot.com/2009/11/classic-navy-for-all-occasions.html

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1532844?&cat=10809

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/948900?&cat=10809

http://thinkingstamps.blogspot.com/2008/06/blissful-dahlia.html

http://stampinginspiration.blogspot.com/2009/10/more-tile-coasters.html – coasters

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1373834?&cat=10809

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1293990?&cat=10809 & http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1293988?&cat=10809

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1293718?&cat=10809

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1218001?&cat=10809

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1128226?&cat=10809

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1040816?&cat=10809

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/963893?&cat=10809

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Tip:  For another set of background possibilities take a look at the Big Shot Texturz Plates.  All of these plates can be inked with pads or brayers and then “stamped” on cardstock for an example of this check out this previous post of mine.    You can also ink the Texturz plate then run the cardstock through for an inked impression.  With Texturz plates starting at $3.95 for two images and the other sets providing 6 images for under $12.00 each the value is amazing when you use them as background stamps as well as texturizing plates.

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I hope this edition of Tightwad Tuesday has given you a few ideas and examples of the versatility as well as the savings of this class of stamps.  See you soon and don’t forget to take some time to stamp and unwind from holiday celebrations.  And as always if you would like to order any of these stamps or other Stampin’ Up! materials email me with your order or select me as your demonstrator in the online store.   And don’t forget to inquire about my December free shipping special( United States only)!

Hugs and Holiday blessings – Jean 

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One Response

  1. Gosh, Jean what a fabulous resource! I love using background stamps and using them together is really cool! TFS

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