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Welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop!

This month, the theme is Creating Your Own Background. We really hope that you will be inspired by all the amazing creations the Pals are sharing with you! As you hop from blog to blog, we would love for you to leave a comment. You will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

Creating your own background for a project may seem a little scary but I would like you to take a deep breath and just go for it. If you get stuck or want an opinion, share your picture of what you have created to my Facebook Page (Murray Stamps). My team of creatives will be happy to give you some ideas.

Here is my card using the background I created. I used die-cuts and stamping from the Seasons of Chic Bundle and the Ranunculus dies.

background created with die-cut leaves

I chose an autumn color palette and some tone-on-tone stamping and layering. The Distressed Gold Specialty Paper is out of this world fantastic. You REALLY NEED this paper.


    • Seasons of Chic Bundle
    • Painted Label Dies
    • Ranunculus Dies
    • Thick Very Vanilla:
      • 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″ for card base
      • 4″ x 5-1/4″ for message insert
    • Early Espresso: 5-1/4″ x 4″ embossed
    • Cajun Craze:
      • 5″ x 3-3/4″ stamped and die-cut layered
      • 6″ x 11″ layered with Adhesive Sheet for die-cutting
    • Distressed Gold Specialty Paper: 3″ x 12″ for die-cuts
    • Basic Gray: 3/4″ x 3-3/4″ for sentiment
    • Smoky Slate: scrap for die-cut foliage
  • INK
    • Cajun Craze
    • Fern 3D embossing folder
    • Metallic Ribbon (cut in half)
    • Baker’s Twine
    • Basic Gray Bakers Twine (retired) ALTERNATE: tint white twine with gray ink
    • Trinket Adhesive Backed Flowers
    • Champagne Rhinestones
    • Brushed Brass Butterflies
    • Basic White Embossing Powder
    • Paper Trimmer, Snips, Bone Folder
    • Heat Tool
    • Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine
    • Embossing Additions Tool Kit (YOU MUST GET THIS!)


Creating your own background is deceptively simple. Stamp an image with Cajun Craze ink on cardstock for tone-on-tone effect.

stamping background and sentiment

Then die-cut the leaves from Cajun Craze cardstock backed with the Adhesive Sheet. Apply the die-cuts to the stamped background. Now you have created your own background and it’s time to add the sentiment.

layer die-cuts on stamped background

Emboss the frame layer with the Fern 3D embossing folder. TIP: Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine Layer = Platform #1 + embossing folder with cardstock + Specialty Plate #4

emboss layer with Fern embossing folder

Stamp and heat emboss the sentiment in white. Add Black Dimensionals behind the sentiment and layer on the card front as shown. Tuck a leaf die-cut from Smoky Slate cardstock and a larger leaf (Ranunculus dies) die-cut from the Distressed Gold Specialty Paper. Then add some embellishments (Champagne Rhinestones, Adhesive-Backed Flowers, and/or Brushed Brass Butterflies). I tied double bows from the Baker’s twine or the Metallic Ribbon that I cut in half.

Adding bling to cluster

Layer the complete card as shown. Don’t forget to add a little customizing on the message insert and the envelope for that truly special touch.


Creating your own background can be a little addicting. I have several variations using the combination of stamping and die-cuts and just stamping.

die-cut background with Ranunculus
background created with outline die cuts

Thank you very much for spending your time with me. I hope you will give this background technique a try and share your creations with me.

More inspiration awaits, so use the lineup below to visit the rest of the Design Team. The Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Then, please mark your calendars for our next blog hop on August 10th. Our theme will be Seasons’ Greetings, where we will showcase projects inspired by our favorite seasonal time of the year.

Until then, have fun in your craft space.

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