Cardmaking, Die Cutting, EBE by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen, Stamping

How to Add Dimension to Your Favorite Stamped Backgrounds

Looking to elevate your card designs? Angela shows how to use simple shape dies to create dimension and visual interest, all with a fun, modern aesthetic.


Hi friends! It’s Angela here, and today I’ve got a project to share that features the newly-released Essentials by Ellen Abstract Nature stamp set, designed by Julie Ebersole. As I may have shared before, I LOVE creating card backgrounds with abstract solid stamps. The Abstract Paint Strokes and Organic Elements stamp sets are among the hardest-working in my stash, and Abstract Nature is the newest addition to that list!

How to Add Dimension to Your Favorite Stamped Backgrounds | Angela Simpson

My goal was to make a card with a modern, almost retro feel, with some eye-catching pops of color. I also wanted it to be more than just a single-layer panel, but didn’t want things to start feeling too busy due to extra elements. The Essential Arches were perfect candidates for the job, and I’ll walk you through how I achieved my design goals in a way that still let the background shine.

To begin, I created two identical background panels in my MISTI, using one of the blobs and its outline from the Abstract Nature stamp set. To ensure that they really were identical, I took things slow: First I stamped one solid blob in light green ink, lifted that panel out of my MISTI, and did the same on the second panel in the exact same spot. I continued working like this until I’d completed all of the solid blobs, then moved on to the outlines in darker shades of ink. After all of those images were stamped, I added one more – a large leaf – in the bottom left corner.

How to Add Dimension to Your Favorite Stamped Backgrounds | Angela Simpson

My color palette was as follows:

Purples: Pinkfresh Studio Soft Lilac (light) and Catherine Pooler Sugared Lavender (dark)
Oranges: Concord and 9th Grapefruit (light) Pinkfresh Studio Passion Fruit (dark)
Greens: Catherine Pooler Seafoam (light) and Spruce (dark)

How to Add Dimension to Your Favorite Stamped Backgrounds | Angela Simpson

With my two twin panels complete, it was time to die cut one of them with the Essential Arches. I used some low-tack tape to temporarily secure three arches together as shown above, then positioned them towards the bottom left of one of the stamped panels. Running this through my die cutting machine created the arched pieces you see in the photo below, which I mounted onto the other stamped background with foam tape.

How to Add Dimension to Your Favorite Stamped Backgrounds | Angela Simpson

The placement of the arches over the background was easy because the stamped images on the background panel served as an alignment guide. All I needed to do was place the die cut arches down so that the images were directly on top of each other. As you can see in the photos, that abstract, colorful stamping is still very much the fun part of this card design, but popping the arches forward adds an interesting-but-not-distracting element.

How to Add Dimension to Your Favorite Stamped Backgrounds | Angela Simpson

To finish off, I embossed a cute little ‘hey sweet thing’ from the Casual Greetings stamp set in white on Concord & 9th Evergreen cardstock for high contrast. I stacked a few of these die cuts together to make the sentiment more sturdy, then placed it on my card with a few Pinkfresh Studio matte gold pearls nearby.

How to Add Dimension to Your Favorite Stamped Backgrounds | Angela Simpson

I hope this card has given you some ideas for taking your stamped backgrounds up a notch – quite literally – and provides you with a bit of new inspiration for the next time you’re creating in your craft room. Speaking of which, I’m always curious to see the spaces where others bring their ideas to life. In honor of National Craft Month, below are a couple of photos of mine!

If you feel like sharing a peek into your space on Instagram, be sure to tag me, @mycraftyperspective, as well as @ellenhutsonllc so we can see. Below you’ll find a full list of supplies used on my card today, and if you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the full March Essentials by Ellen release. Until next time, happy crafting!

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1 Comment

  • Reply tsurutadesigns1 March 13, 2022 at 6:01 pm

    Wonderful Angela! Love the peek into your design space, so fabulous!

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