Are you looking for ways to stretch your stamps to create unique card designs? EH Design Ambassador Emily Mydlowski is sharing ideas on how to maximize one main stamp image to create customized pattern designs.
Hi Friends! Repeat stamping is one of my favorite techniques to create one of a kind custom pattern backgrounds. It’s like having your favorite pattern paper always on hand except you can easily change up the design and colors to suit your mood. For today’s cards, I was inspired by the Pine Tree Image from Santa’s List and the Holiday Car from Merry Little Christmas.
Pattern Making Tips & Tricks
- Start with an oversized canvas (card panel). After repeat stamping, cut down to size. This trick helps the design feel like one continuous pattern. For the same reason, if you don’t cut your canvas down to size, be sure to stamp your images of the card panel edges.
- Pick a direction. When using one image, I will repeat-stamp from left to right, up and down (for up and down I also like to stagger the position of the stamp). The goal here is to keep it semi-uniform. If you are using more than one image (of similar size), I usually work the images on the canvas using a triangular pattern.
- To keep the semi-uniform look, I recommend using a few colors to keep the design neat and tidy. For today’s cards, I went with Classic Holiday Colors in Black, White, Kraft, Red, Aqua, Denim Blue and hints of Spruce Green.
- Working with Negative Space. If after stamping one image, the pattern doesn’t seem to “flow” together, you may have too much negative space. To correct this, find a little image that you can stamp into the extra white space. I also like to add little free form patterns into white space like dots, hatch marks, swirls, etc.
- Sentiments: You have two options here. (1) Pre-Plan the placement of the sentiment and stamp around it…or (2) Wing It. My creative process is to wing it…there is always a little sentiment you can sneak into an opening or you can create a sentiment block panel to place over your pattern like I did with the Merry Christmas on the Whimsical Holiday Car Ride Card.
Pattern 1: Modern Folk Art Pine Tree
I stamped the tree image with VersaMark in a staggered “up and down” direction and then heat embossed with white embossing powder. For added dimension, I stamped the tree image on white cardstock and die cut using the coordinating die. Then I adhered the white die cut trees over a few of the heat embossed trees. At first I added five die cut trees, but then I thought the reindeer was a better fit. With gold embossing powder, I snuck in the Happy Holiday sentiment (one of the many tiny winter/holiday sentiments) from the EBE Mountain Holiday stamp set. To finish the card, I added pops of red and aqua by coloring in two of the trees and the reindeer’s scarf and nose. The entire card canvas was adhered to a Kraft card base.
Pattern 2: Whimsical Holiday Car Ride
I stamped the holiday car image with Memento Tuxedo Ink in a “left to right-Go-Car-Go” direction and then filled in the negative spaces with the star image from Santa’s List in Catherine Pooler Designs Deck The Halls Ink. I colored the trees in Aqua and the car in Denim Blue, Red and Gray. To tighten up the white space, I added a few Aqua polka dots in between the stars and cars. The decorated panel along with the Pine Green Frame Layer was cut down using the Essentials by Ellen Rectangle Designer Die Set. I also used the Essential Rectangles to create the Silver Framed Merry Christmas Sentiment Block. The entire card panel was adhered to a Kraft card base.
So there we are friends, two Modern Holiday Repeat Pattern Card Designs using One Main Stamp Image. I hope you enjoyed my post today and it inspires you to pick a favorite image and play it on repeat to create your own pattern paper backgrounds.