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PTI Blog Hop :: Stamped Background Challenge

I’m back with my background-building card for Papertrey Ink’s Blog Hop. To join in on the fun, please log in to the forum!

**Sorry, like a DORK, I forgot to take a photo before I finished the card, so I explained it in text for you.

How I did it
What I did here was create a three-panel background. To simulate pattern paper strip panels, I stamped damask designs on three strips of kraft cardstock using a light shade of brown ink to create a washed-out, vintage appeal. I also inked around the edges using ColorBox chestnut roan chalk to create more distressing. Mat pattern panels to a solid cardstock and adhere to the card base. Stitching around the panels would add great texture (just another option, but my sewing machine is broken).

You can decorate the top of the panels any way you want. I chose to apply three of the same flowers. These flowers are from a set by Close to My Heart, but you can easily use any flower stamp set, such as PTI’s Flower Frenzy would work as a perfect substitute. I already owned this set after I discovered PTI and refused to purchase multiple flower stamp sets that resembled each other. So, for the flower stamps, you can stamp the entire flower (as I did) or if the stamp set comes with a flower and stem separately great, stamp on green cardstock for the stem and on your color cardstock for the flower. I stamped two flowers for each panel to create added dimension and used a few pop dots and pulled them up.

Tie a ribbon around the front of the card and pop the stems over the ribbon. Stamp your sentiment and your DONE!

Hello! Please accept the attached card for November/December issue of Paper Crafts magazine. Thank you for your consideration!

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Trim card front to 5.5″ x 4.25.”
  2. Trim kraft cardstock panels to about 1.5″ x 3.25″ and stamp damask background.
  3. Ink edges and mat on green cardstock and ink those edges, then adhere to card front.
  4. Stamp flowers, cut out, and adhere to panels.
  5. Add ribbon and stamped sentiment.

:: My Goodies {i love you}::

Stamps: Papertrey Ink-damask designs; Close to My Heart-Thoughts of You

Ink: Stampin’ Up-chocolate chip; ColorBox-chestnut roan
Cardstocks: Papertrey Ink-kraft + dark chocolate + spring moss + melon berry
Accessories: Papertrey Ink-melon berry ribbon

Joan BMarch 25, 2009 - 6:25 pm

another beautiful design!

care-inMarch 25, 2009 - 6:45 pm


Babies- BethMarch 25, 2009 - 7:19 pm

Beautiful, Ashley!!

Lisa H.March 25, 2009 - 7:20 pm

just gorgeous! love that set, and it looks fabulous with that flower image. TFS.

DebbieMarch 25, 2009 - 8:21 pm

Beautiful design Ashley :)

IamDerbyMarch 25, 2009 - 8:37 pm

Absolutely lovely Ashley!

TriciaMarch 25, 2009 - 8:38 pm

Just beautiful!!

LisaMarch 25, 2009 - 8:40 pm

Great job! Love your colors.

BethieJMarch 25, 2009 - 8:40 pm

BEAUTIFUL! I LOVE your card!!!

CatherineMarch 25, 2009 - 8:43 pm

Beautiful! I love the damask background!

JessicaMarch 25, 2009 - 8:46 pm

So lovely, and so different from many of the other cards tonight. Love it!

Claire BrennanMarch 25, 2009 - 8:54 pm

Oh Wow! Ashley, stunning!

eggetteMarch 25, 2009 - 8:54 pm

Okay, so I am a dork tonight too! I didn’t take the before picture either….dang it!! Such beautiful work and all that cutting makes for a gorgeous creation!

Terri E.March 25, 2009 - 8:57 pm

Love your card pannels and I love how you poped out the flower as well. You rocked the background challenge.

It’s a good life!
Terri E.

Tenia NelsonMarch 25, 2009 - 9:02 pm

Great card!! You always seem to amaze me with your talents…you go girl!!! tfs!!

AlexMarch 25, 2009 - 9:04 pm

This is gorgeous! Love it! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Deb RymerMarch 25, 2009 - 9:09 pm

So playful and classy at the same time. Love your pairing of the flower image with the damask design as well as the colors!

GwenMarch 25, 2009 - 9:11 pm

oh wow!!! such a beauty!!!! love it!!

peggysueMarch 25, 2009 - 9:18 pm

Nothing like being a dork, it feels good to admit it, get it off your chest, doesn’t it? Love creation, your card looks so elegant. Great layout too.

DanaMarch 25, 2009 - 9:22 pm

Really pretty as always! I love the subtle damask :)

KarenMarch 25, 2009 - 9:34 pm

Pretty card! Love all the layers! :>

Stamping CafeMarch 25, 2009 - 9:39 pm

Simply stunning, love everything about it!!

Scrapping JulieMarch 25, 2009 - 9:41 pm

WOW-ZA! absolutely gorgeous

DanielaMarch 25, 2009 - 9:43 pm


HeidiMarch 25, 2009 - 9:43 pm


DeannaMarch 25, 2009 - 9:44 pm

Holy cutting batman! Beautiful Ashley!

MelissaMarch 25, 2009 - 10:16 pm

This is great! I love your three panels, it really sets off the flowers!

Lynn P.March 25, 2009 - 10:20 pm

I so love the design w/the three panels – beautiful

Tiffany HeilmanMarch 25, 2009 - 10:22 pm

great design. beautiful card.

CindyMarch 25, 2009 - 10:30 pm

Beautiful card!

KryssiMarch 25, 2009 - 10:31 pm

looks stunning!

AllyMarch 25, 2009 - 10:45 pm

Gorgeous! Love everything with it!

Jen CaputoMarch 25, 2009 - 11:12 pm

This is just so so soooo pretty! I love your elegant background and how you cut out those gorgeous flowers!

VickyMarch 25, 2009 - 11:32 pm

this is beautiful, ashley!

DanaMarch 26, 2009 - 9:22 am

So elegant Ashley! You must have patience for cutting out those flowers…amazing. Nice colors, nice LO, and great card!

carabeccaMarch 26, 2009 - 10:06 am

Love the elegance here!

Lizzie JonesMarch 26, 2009 - 12:49 pm

Beautiful card! Thank you so very much for sharing!

Stampin' PamMarch 26, 2009 - 7:46 pm

truly beautiful – wow!

WendyMarch 29, 2009 - 11:18 am

Ash, this rocks! I love it, especially the paper piecing, what a great detail!

A_MOMS_LIFEMarch 25, 2010 - 7:17 pm

Really looks like you put a lot of work into this! Love the colors and the flowers really stand out!

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