Friday, March 30, 2018

Using Detailed Stamps on Busy Backgrounds + Giveaway

I love trying to make things that shouldn't go together, go together.

Last week, I did a video on a wrinkle-free Distress Oxide background that I used with a simple, clean die cut. You can see that video here.

But then I thought - but what if I want to use a very detailed, intricate stamp on that same background? I'm a free American - I HAVE RIGHTS.

So I came up with a way to make that work that is super simple, fast and easy - and here it is. I took this stunning flower stamp from Sugar Pea, and using some watercolor gesso, I filled in the stamp and then overstamped it with the MISTI to be sure the design popped on that busy background. Very easy and fun, and you get the best of both worlds - a messy, splashy background and a precise, detailed stamp image that doesn't get lost.
Sugar Pea birthday card by Understand Blue
Pretty PeoniesSugarPea Designs |...
[ SGR ]
Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground -...
[ BLIC ]
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad...
[ SSS | ELH | MFT | BMS | JGG | CRF ]
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad...
[ SSS | ELH | MFT | BMS | JGG | CRF ]
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad...
[ SSS | ELH | MFT | BMS | JGG | ART | CRF ]
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad...
[ SSS | ELH | MFT | BMS | JGG | CRF ]
Ranger Inkssentials Mister, 2 oz.
[ ELH ]
Tsukineko VersaFine Clair NOCTURNE...
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW | HA | SSS | ELH | SBC | MFT ]
Absorber - Synthetic Cleaning Cloth
[ AMZUS ]
Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock by...
[ SUP ]
Whisper White Cardstock - Thick
[ SUP ]
Fabriano Artistico Extra White...
[ BLIC ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
Mudder 10 Pack White Buffer Sanding...
[ AMZUS ]
Xyron ADHESIVE ERASER 23675
[ SSS | ART | AMZUS ]
Bone Folder by Stampin' Up!
[ SUP ]
Multipurpose Liquid Glue by Stampin' Up!
[ SUP ]
Ranger .5 Oz. MINI MULTI MEDIUM MATTE...
[ SSS | ELH | MFT ]
Ranger Craft Sheet - Teflon Craft Mat...
[ AMZUS ]
Sizzix BIG SHOT EXPRESS Gray and...
[ SSS | ART | BMS | CST ]
Amazon.com: Best Professional...
[ AMZUS ]

So do you want to see the video on this SIMPLE technique? Click here to watch in HD on YouTube, or hit play below!



Now this card is very special to me, because it's part of helping to celebrate my friend Wendy's 4th anniversary of her stamp company - Sugar Pea Designs! Wendy is an absolute angel, an awesome mom to the most charismatic kids I know, and just an overall nice person. You can see an interview we did with her on Crafty Chat here.


SugarPea Designs will be giving away (4) FOUR $40 gift certificates to the SugarPea Designs shop.
  
Winners will be randomly chosen from all the comments left along each stop of the hop.

Comments will close on April 7th 11:59 PM EST with winners announced on April 8th.

ALSO - SugarPea Designs is offering a coupon code: BDAY04 for customers to receive 15% off their entire purchase AND a FREE 4x8 stamp set with any purchase (valid until April 7th 11:59 EST).



Loveyameanitbye.

114 comments:

  1. Love this stamp set! Your card is beautiful.

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  2. Wow is the only word that comes to mind. THat back ground just blows me away!

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  3. I love all of the new ideas!

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  4. Very pretty color scheme- great card!

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  5. what a fabulous background.. love this

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  6. So pretty. Love the background.

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  7. This is a stunning blend of technique, colors, and image! I love this!!

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  8. So beautiful! So great to have you joining the team for SugarPea's big party!

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  9. What a fun background! So colorful! ♥♥

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  10. I loved the video and thanks so much for sharing how to do this technique. A masterpiece with your wonderful colored bg and your selection of a very beautifully detailed stamp (my favorite kinds).

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  11. I love this idea (and actually suggested something like this on another blogger's site!) and I love peonies, so it all works. I have been playing lately with blobbing color onto paper and drawing my own doodle flowers over it after it dries. A huge step for a draw-o-phobe like me, but really fun. Stamps would be better! Thanks so much. (Would white acrylic paint, perhaps thinned a bit, work as well? Just wondering.)

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  12. Thank you for sharing your technique on the video! Love your design! This is something I need to experiment with in the near future.

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  13. Your card is beautiful! I love the combination of distressed and crisp. It’s like salty and sweet. Yum.

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  14. Another great video and something to try out. I love your card. That beautiful flower was perfect. Was the ground you used buff? Thanks

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  15. Great technique. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Oh wow wow wow!!! Amazingness overload! What you did with those flower stamps was so incredible! And I love that idea about stamping with watercolor gesso on a busy background, I'll have to give that a try!

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  17. What a great video and gorgeous card. Love the gesso on top of that background. Wonderful idea!

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  18. Really really pretty and wonderful video!!

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  19. Thank you for sharing your beautiful card.

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  20. What a gorgeous look. The background is cool.

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  21. WOW! Just simply WOW. I too have many containers of various types of Gesso and I never thought of this. Your card is beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  22. this is just stunning - great technique:)

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  23. beautiful background love oxide inks
    the flower is gorgeous on top of it
    thanks for sharing
    Barb Housner

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  24. Beauuutiful! I really LOVE this card!

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  25. Beautiful card! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  26. Beautiful card, image and technique! I love that you can still see hints of the background color through the gesso, but the image is perfectly clear and prominent.

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  27. Great idea! No rules, and inspiration to stretch further, thank you!

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  28. Love this card! Thanks for sharing!

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  29. Thank you for sharing this technique. Always like trying new things, and your results are gorgeous!

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  30. Beautiful card, beautiful coloring!

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  31. Lovely! I like that the distress oxide inks show through the gesso.

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  32. Beautiful, stunning, and amazing card. I loved the process in your video. Thank you for sharing! I can not wait to try this.

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  33. Oh, great technique that makes a stunning card.

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  34. Wow! This is truly amazing - your talent with coloring is outstanding!

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  35. Love the oxide background. Beautiful card!

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  36. Beautiful card! Your background is gorgeous!

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  37. I love how this came out. The gesso is just translucent enough to sho the color behind it ever so softly. Very pretty. This is a gorgeous stamp set as well. My online spending is over this weekend. Happy Easter everyone!

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  38. Beautiful card - love the background and the gorgeous peony.

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  39. What a beautiful bloom on your beautiful card!

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  40. Beautiful card and a fantastic technique, thankyou! Cathy x

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  41. Awesome colors on your beautiful card! Happy 4th birthday to SugarPea Designs!

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  42. Gorgeous card...and a really cool technique!

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  43. Beautiful card! Thank you for sharing!

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  44. Your card is gorgeous! I love that technique and the gesso works so well. Gotta try this one. Happy Easter!

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  45. Wow!! Beautiful! Such a cool card!

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  46. Thank you for the tip, your card came out beautiful and your water color is great.

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  47. What a great idea to blend the carefree background with the perfect peony "over- stamp!" So creative and the best of both shine thru!

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  48. Loved the oxide colour combo..great idea!!

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  49. wonderful background and technique. Thanks for sharing.

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  50. Holy guacamole I love that background!

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  51. Great card! I love the technique you used for the background

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  52. Gorgeous!!! Love this look so much.. I'd have sworn there was some metallic in there. Very cool!

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  53. This is definitely a 'WOW' card! Love the background with the stamping! Thank you for sharing the video!

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  54. So pretty! Thanks for the video!

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  55. I would not have believed it, but you made it work with such a busy background. Beautiful outcome.

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  56. Beautiful technique for that stunning background! I've got to get me some watercolor gesso. Thank you, Lydia!

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  57. I love this card! I am going to try this technique!

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  58. Thank You for sharing a great new technique

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  59. Love this stamp set! Your card is super cute!!!

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  60. That's gorgeous, love your colour choices and stamp use!

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  61. I am going to try that technique as soon as I get some gesso. Thanks.

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  62. Wow! I love that but never ever would have thought to try it! Thanks for teaching a great technique!!

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  63. Your card is awesome ! Your work with the oxide inks is really fantastic.

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  64. Love the background and the process.

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  65. I am so into flowers lately and love this!

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  66. So you get the "WOW Award" for this card!!! It is not only sensational, but I learned a whole new technique!! You chose an absolutely gorgeous focal point... the SPD peony... which I love, so that makes the design EVEN better. Thanks so much for sharing the design as well as the informative video.

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  67. cool look you created with all these colours.

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  68. I love oxides... I'm always so happy to learn new ways to use them !!!! BEAUTIFUl

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  69. Beautiful card, the background is stunning!

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  70. HUGE like of this card, amazing background you created and then the peony , so detailed and delicate amongst all the busy colour, love it.

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  71. Beautiful card, will have to try this technique. Thanks for sharing!

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  72. Lydia, this is a brilliant adaptation to that SCS tutorial. Love the results for both the background and the flower!

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  73. What a unique background! Love the card!

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  74. Thank you for sharing this awesome technique. The results look amazing.

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  75. I like how the gesso is slightly see-through so you still get a hint of color. Now, I'm off to watch your video on how you created that amazing background. I think I'm in love with that background!

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  76. This is a great card! I love this stamp set and your cool background :)

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  77. Lovely card! I like how the gesso appears on the flower. Great background

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  78. You’ve made such an incredible floral design !!
    [margessw(at)icloud(dot)com]

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  79. Stunning card! Thank you for sharing your technique and talent.

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  80. so beautiful. Thanks for sharing this technique. Love this stamp, on my wish list!

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  81. Beautiful!! Fabulous background! And using the gesso really lets that stunning flower stand out and hold its own against all that color!

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  82. Your background is beautiful and I love how you showed how to make this flower stand out! Great idea and lovely flower stamp!

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  83. This is lovely, Lydia! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  84. I love your background and all the beautiful blend of colors.

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  85. Fabulous background for a lovely flower ! Beautiful card ! Thanks for sharing and for inspiring. x

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  86. Gorgeous background and an AWESOME technique! I am TOTALLY going be be getting some Gesso and trying this. A.S.A.P!!! Thanks for sharing your amazing talent and ideas!

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  87. That background is crazy gorgeous, LOVE it!

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  88. amazing card and awesome technique!

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  89. Gorgeous! I love how the background colors still show through the gesso but are more subtle. Amazing technique and beautiful card!

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  90. I am falling in love with this stamp set. Your card is stunning and I loved that you had a how to video on how to recreate such a beautiful effect. Stunning!

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  91. Beautiful card! I love the technique!

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  92. Wow, gorgeous ink work! Love the sereness of this gorgeous creation. Really beautiful! Hugs, Wends xoxo

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  93. What a neat technique! I haven't played with gesso before, but I might need to after this video. I really like how the background colors shine through, so it's not stark white like masking might have made it. Thanks for sharing the fruits of your "but I want to try this!" efforts. Those are the best.

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  94. Amazing card and background! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  95. This is gorgeous! Love the background ♥

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  96. Stunning! What a fabulous background!!!
    Congrats to SugarPea on their 4th anniversary!

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