Hey there, Altenew fans! Jen here to share with you three stamped backgrounds I created for some 6×8 layouts.
I wanted to show three different styles using three different stamp sets. The first stamped background is the most simple and straightforward. I used the Dot Art Stamp Set to create a scalloped pattern just by stamping with black ink on heavy white cardstock. Stamping with Altenew Permanent Black Crisp Ink gave me the option to add color later if I felt like it. I used 12×12 paper, even though I knew I was going to trim it down so I could have leftovers for cards or other projects.
My background ended up staying black and white and I added pops of color with my title and embellishments. Acetate circles from the Butterfly Acetate Die Cuts helped emphasize the curves of the pattern.
For my title, I used the Watercolor Brush Markers – Spring Garden Set to create some washes of color that sort of matched the acetate pieces. Then I cut them out with the Bold Alphabet Die Set and added some black splatters to tie it all together. Super simple!
The next stamped background pattern ended up being my favorite! I love stamping on colored cardstock and thought I would design this paper to match with some photos I had from the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix.
I used the Indoor Garden Stamp Set (one of my all-time faves!) to stamp the bases of my plants in black. When you are creating a pattern with three images, it works well to stamp two next to each other and then stamp the third one next to it to form a triangle. Then you can simply repeat! (I go over it in more detail in the video at the end of this post.)
I added some tone on tone color as well as some Enchanted Gold Pigment Ink to color my plants. Also, I decided to add some details with a white gel pen and I think the overall result looks great. I didn't want to cover up any of that gorgeous pattern, so I cut my title directly from the background (again using the Bold Alphabet Die Set), placed a sheet of white cardstock behind it, and popped up the letters. The subtle effect is awesome!
Because I wanted to let the stamped pattern shine, I decided to add my photos in a pocket page to the right side of the title page. I included a little bit of that lagoon colored cardstock for a cohesive look.
My final stamped background was created with the A Study in Watercolor Stamp Set. I started with plain white cardstock, again opting to fill an entire 12×12 page so I would have leftovers.
For this background, I chose five images and five colors. I stamped the images starting at the top left and working my way down, nestling the images together. I also made sure to spread out the colors evenly.
After I stamped, I added a bit of watercolor in a super light grey using my Altenew Watercolor 36 Pan Set. It's very subtle but adds some nice texture.
In order to feature a lot of the floral, I cut it into two pieces and put my journaling and title in between. I used the Tall Alpha Die Set to spell out the word “Sprinkles”. So fun!
You can take a closer look at how I created these patterns in my video below or watch it in HD on Altenew's YouTube channel.
Here's another look at the patterns. I had so much fun creating these and can see myself sitting down to make a bunch more very soon!
Thanks for spending time with me today!