February 8, 2013


OK. You are familiar with Stampin' Up!'s Clear-Mount Blocks, aren't you? They are the nifty
acrylic blocks, in nine varying sizes, that you mount the Clear-Mount Stamps to in lieu of
using wood-mounted stamps.

Well, besides using the block to hold your stamps, you can use them to create backgrounds
on their own!

In my card, Pear and Script, I used Block D. By simply inking up your block of choice in a color lighter than your focal point image, you can stamp it directly to the paper. Then, stamp your main image atop that.

As so often happens in paper crafting, no two backgrounds will ever look exactly alike. 
If you sparsely add the ink to the block, of course, your background won't be quite as dark 
or as ink-covered. However, if you are very particular about getting every spot of the block 
covered with a thick coat of ink, your background color will be more solid and darker. You 
will never get a completely inked background. To me, that's the beauty of this technique.

Once you're happy with the look of your background, you are all set to add your focal image. 
Have fun!

Whimsical Words stamp set (retired)
Faith in Nature stamp set (retired)

Basic Black card stock
So Saffron card stock
Cajun Craze card stock
Naturals White card stock

Cajun Craze ink
So Saffron ink
Black StazOn ink

Acrylic Block D
Stampin' Dimensionals
Big Shot
Lots of Tags Dies
Extra-Large Oval Punch 
Choice of distressing tool
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch

Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of So Saffron card stock in half, creasing well with a bone folder.

Adhere a 3 1/2" x 5 1/4" piece of Basic Black card stock to card front.

With So Saffron, ink up the clear block well, and stamp it directly onto a 2 3/4" x 2 7/8" piece 
of Naturals White card stock. Stamp the pear image (or your choice of image) in Cajun Craze 
ink atop this background.

Distress the edges of a 3 1/8" x 3 1/4" piece of Cajun Craze card stock as desired. Adhere the finished pear piece to this. With a Stampin' Dimensional in each corner and one in the center, attach the image to the card front, leaving an even edge of black around the top and sides.

On a scrap of Naturals White card stock, stamp the sentiment in Black StazOn. Punch it out 
with the Extra-Large Oval Punch. Use the Big Shot with the Lots of Tags Dies to create a frame from Cajun Craze card stock. Adhere sentiment to this.

Use the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch to create a ribbon trim from So Saffron card stock, and adhere this to the lower portion of the card front. With two Stampin' Dimensionals, attach the sentiment tag over the ribbon trim.

This technique can easily be used with any stamps you choose, as well as in any color combination. Grab your Color Coach to come up with an alternate color palette!



  1. This is a great project. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  2. You make the most beautiful projects. Thanks for sharing with us at In and Out of the Kitchen Link Up Party.
    Dawn co host

    1. Thank you so much, Dawn. You are so kind. And thanks for letting me link up! :>)

  3. Awesome! Hopping here from It's A Party/A Creative Princess.
    Marie @ http://123craftcafe.com

    1. Thanks, Marie! And I'm glad you hopped over! :>)

  4. Man...you're gonna make me get those stamps and inks out after all aren't you!!! I'm glad I kept everything close at hand. Now I'm going to use that on an anniversary card for some friends in the next week. I know they'll think I was doing some hard to do technique and I'll just tell them I got it from a blog friend off the internet!!
    Blessings Linda!

  5. Looks lovely!! I especially like the script stamp. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!