Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Creating Background Stamps with Die-Namites' Dies by Tonya Gibbs

Hi Ya'll, I hope your week is off to a great start!  My brain has been in hyper drive lately, and I started thinking about how awesome it would be to create a mixed media background texture stamp with some of my  Die-namites Dies!   So, today I thought I would share with you a quick tutorial on turning  your amazing Die-Namites Dies into background stamps.

I started with a piece of Fun Foam cut to the size of my die. I covered the back with adhesive (it is just way easier to adhere the stamp to the stamping block if it is cut with the foam.  I used Score Tape. If you had a full sheet adhesive it would probably be better.   I covered the entire back with the Score Tape - DO NOT PEAL AWAY THE PROTECTIVE BACKING!

Die-Cut the die of choice.  I recommend a die that doesn't have a bunch of tiny details.
I used the new Five Petal Flower

For my stamping block I used this thick foam sheet.

Peel away the adhesive and apply the image to the thick foam.

Trim away some of the negative areas.

To create my card backing, I started with the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Gelatos® in Pistachio Green.

I colored my backing with the Gelatos®

Then used a baby wipe to blend the color.

Select PAINT.  I recommend a liberal amount of paint on the stamp. The first time you use the stamp, the paint will soak into the foam, so make sure your paint stays wet long enough for it to transfer.  I decided to only use my flowers and not paint the leaves on my stamp. But you could paint the entire stamp if you wish. Just work quickly.   

In hindsight,  the Tim Holtz Distress Paints would be best for this technique since they dry slower! 

Stamp your image.  This will not leave you with a PERFECT impression, however, perfection is over-rated in mixed media! I was SUPER happy with the texture that was left behind. Dyan Reaveley  says "Don't fall in love with your background!  Leave them in the background - they should not take center stage!"  And she is SO CORRECT!  Remember when I said this was supposed to be a texture stamp? Well - mission accomplished! 

Look at all this yummy texture!  

All that is left is to decorate my background with a few more stamps, and a little Whipped Spackle.  I added  a few of the Vellum Dragonflies that were on my desk from my last tutorial.   

For the card - I added a few more of the Five Petal Flower dies, Dragonfly Frenzy, and a few Petaloo flowers for contrast. The cluster is so vibrant and cheerful!   I will add a sentiment in the bottom right when I'm ready to share the card!  

Don't forget to share your Die-Namites projects with us in your Social Media Outlets by using #DieNamitesDies. 

Thanks for stopping in today, 
Tonya Gibbs 


  1. YOU KNOCKED this on OUTTA THE PARK Tonya!! AWESOME idea and GREAT tutorial!!!

  2. Love that homemade stamp technique! Very cool!! Thanks, Tonya!