Background Tutorial

By  Lizzy Smith  for  Whimsy Stamps

Use Whimsy Stamps rubber stamps to create a beautiful greeting card with this special effect background design.

  • Background Tutorial


  • White cardstock
  • Print papers of choice
  • Paper flowers, in various sizes, five
  • Pink/white baker’s twine
  • Pink cloth ribbon
  • Rhinestones


  • Whimsy Stamps Marshmallows and Coffee Rubber Stamp
  • Die-cutting machine with Whimsy Stamps Country Heart Die
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Antique Linen, Walnut Stain
  • Imagine Crafts Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
  • COPIC Markers, in colors of choice
  • Art masking fluid
  • Iridescent embossing powder
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

  • heat tool, paper trimmer, paintbrush, blending tool, soft cloth
  • 1. Stamp Marshmallows and Coffee Tuxedo Black on white cardstock; apply masking fluid with paintbrush. Let dry.

  • 2. Emboss various-sized snowflakes randomly around stamped image using iridescent powder.

  • 3. Apply Antique Linen with blending tool to stamped panel. Apply Walnut Stain over outer edges of stamped panel. Gently rub masking off stamped image using finger or soft cloth.

  • 4. Color stamped image as desired using markers.

  • 5. Make top-fold card from white cardstock. Cut panels from print papers. Layer and adhere paper panels onto card base using photo as guide.
  • 6. Die cut heart from white cardstock using Country Heart die. Ink edges Antique Linen. Adhere heart onto card front. Adhere stamped panel onto center of card front.
  • 7. Embellish card front with ribbon, paper flowers, and twine using photo as guide. Adhere rhinestones randomly around stamped image.