Along with your favourite stencil, go ahead and gather an ink for your background and a darker ink for your stamping. Plus a good background stamp, you can see I was indecisive when I gathered my supplies as I first picked both a bubble wrap stamp and a wood grained stamp - I did narrow it down to the wood grained stamp in the end. I am also using Tim Holtz Distress Ink in "bundled sage" for my background and Memento ink in "Tuxedo black" for my stamping. I am working on white textured cardstock as my base.
I was working off of a sketch, so I knew roughly where to add my stenciling but it's a good idea to 'dry fit' things first so you know exactly where you want to lay down your ink.
The first step is to simply add your background stenciling, wherever you want it on your background. I lifted my stencils so that I could snap a photo for you.
Ideally you probably want to leave your stencil in place and work on a section at a time.
Now ink up your stamp, no need to be overly careful. In fact, a little randomness with the ink will give you a great effect.
Now stamp over your stencil onto your pre-inked areas. Try not to stamp over the edges of your mask. You do not want any hard lines, so a little random is better. I actually prefer to use my background stamps without a block and hold them in a slightly curled position so that only strategic areas hit the paper. One day I will figure out how to photograph that! I will likely have to enlist another pair of hands.
Here are a couple of close up photos to show you the effect you are going for. Wouldn't a text stamp be great for this, why couldn't I find mine??
I ended up creating a page with this background that I created. I figured if I was going to play I might as well join in on some challenges! Check below for who I am linking up with.
Here are a couple of close up shots of my page elements.
One of the challenges that I am linking up with had a "hopes and dreams" aspect, I have scrapbooked before about my husband and I being dreamers, but this time it is just about me - and speaks a little about my multiple dreamer personality. Is that a thing? It should be! I journalled about dreaming about both going on adventures and never leaving home - both hold large appeal to me!
For one challenge I am linking up with the requirement was to document your personality - this is so super tricky for me. I was going to put shy, which I am (painfully so) although those who know me well know that I can be aloud mouth - so I wondered how people would interpret that. In the end I went with happy, although I hope this doesn't mean that I a saying I am always happy - hardly so - but it is something that I actively strive to be.
And one of my background.
I am linking up with the following challenges:
Clique Kits - anything goes challenge
Lime Citron - using both the colours and sketch (I added in some pink)
More than Words - personality and selfie (see the challenge board below)
The Studio Challenges - Hopes and Dreams
Supply List - American Crafts Cardstock; Crate Paper patterned paper and chipboard; Fancy Pants die cuts; My Mind's Eye and Simple Stories enamel dots; Evalicious Flair; Tim Holtz distress ink; Memento ink; Staedtler pen; Heidi Swapp mask; Mr. Hue's mist in 'water colour' and 'manilla'; adhesives - Scotch ATG gun, Zip Dry, Tim Holtz tiny attacher.
Thanks so much for visiting today.