Using Both Sides of Your Stamps by Jessica Frost-Ballas for Ellen Hutson
Cardmaking, EBE by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen

Using BOTH Sides of Your Stamps!

Have you ever thought about using BOTH sides of your stamps on your cards? Join EH Design Ambassador, Jessica Frost-Ballas, as she shares how to create fun backgrounds for a trio of clean and simple cards using both sides of her stamps!


Good morning! Today I have a trio of cards to share using ONE stamp from Essentials by Ellen Unicorns & Glitter to create the background for all three cards!

Doesn’t that stamp make great clouds AND waves? I love the pattern of the stamp but also thought I needed a little solid stamping behind it. I considered ink blending…or a watercolor wash…but then I realized I wanted something a little more structured and shaped. And realized that the back of that stamp was perfect!

So to start, I placed the stamp backwards on an acrylic block and inked it with tumbled glass distress oxide ink. I stamped it three times on an A2 panel of white cardstock and set it with my heat gun. Then I turned the stamp around and put it back on my acrylic block. This time I inked the detailed side with blueprint sketch distress oxide ink and stamped it over the solid images. It’s not a symmetrical design so it doesn’t line up perfectly over the solid image but I think that makes it more interesting visually! I also heat set the detailed image with my heat gun. Then I applied a little nuvo crystal glaze over a few of the arches and set the backgrounds aside to dry completely. For the whale I stamped the background on the bottom third of the panel and for the unicorns I stamped the backgrounds on the top third of the panels!

While the backgrounds were drying I stamped the two unicorns from Essentials by Ellen Unicorns & Glitter and the whale from Essentials by Ellen S’Whale onto white cardstock with versafine and heat-embossed them with Hero Arts Sparkle Embossing Powder for a little extra shimmer! I colored them with copic markers and then die-cut them with the coordinating dies.

Once my backgrounds were dry I stamped sentiments from Essentials by Ellen Pure Magic and Essentials by Ellen Unicorns & Glitter with Hero Arts Intens-ified Black Ink . Then I adhered my whale and unicorns with foam mounting tape. To finish the cards I added a little more sparkle to the body of the animals with spectrum noir clear sparkle. I love all the different sparkly and shiny elements and how well that single stamp created backgrounds for all three cards!

I hope this inspires you to look at your stamps a little more closely and see if you can get even more use out of BOTH sides of them! 😉 Thanks so much for stopping by and have an amazing day!


Supplies:

Unicorns ‘N Rainbows By Julie…
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Unicorns ‘N Rainbows By Julie…
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S’Whale by Julie Ebersole, Essentials…
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S’Whale by Julie Ebersole, Essentials…
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Pure Magic By Julie Ebersole,…
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Hero Hues Dove White, Hero Arts…
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VersaFine Ink Pad, Onyx Black
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Sparkle, Hero Arts Embossing Powder
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Tumbled Glass, Ranger Distress Oxide…
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Blueprint Sketch, Ranger Distress…
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0 Colorless Blender, COPIC Sketch…
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T0 – Toner Gray No. 0, COPIC Sketch…
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T1 – Toner Gray No. 1, COPIC Sketch…
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T2 – Toner Gray No. 2, COPIC Sketch…
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T4 – Toner Gray No. 4, COPIC Sketch…
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BG01 – Aqua Blue, COPIC Sketch Marker…
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RV02 – Sugared Almond Pink, COPIC…
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V20 – Wisteria, COPIC Sketch Marker -…
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R21 – Sardonyx, COPIC Sketch Marker -…
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Y32 – Cashmere, COPIC Sketch Marker -…
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Sparkle Pens Clear Overlay, Crafter’s…
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Tonic Nuvo Crystal Glaze
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3 Comments

  • Reply Helen Budz June 24, 2020 at 6:02 am

    Great idea, Jessica. tfs-stay well.

  • Reply Kathy G. June 24, 2020 at 9:47 am

    Lovely cards, so much fun with the solid back of the stamp adding that great color!

  • Reply Marisela Delgado June 24, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    Awesome job, Jessica! You rock 🎸🎸🎸star!

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