July 24, 2021


I have a creative card idea for you today. But, you will have to hit your kitchen supplies to do it!

I'm sure this technique has an official name, but I don't know what it is. I learned how to do it years ago, and can never get enough of it. So I thought I would show you how to do a background like in this card. Or remind you of the way to do this if you've forgotten. 

Do you like the background? 

To do this sort of background is quick and easy and the only way you could possibly ruin it is to 1) use too many colors or 2) to be too heavy handed.

Ready to dig in your kitchen cupboards for you main art supply? If so, grab your roll of plastic wrap and head to your Creation Station.

And get ready to have lots of fun! Ready? Read on for a tutorial!

White cardstock
Black cardstock

Quiet Meadow stamp set (page 110, Annual Catalog)

Black ink
2-3 colors of ink of choice

Die cutting machine
Tailor Made Tags dies (page 166, Annual Catalog)
Polka Dot Ribbon
Black and White Baker's Twine (page 140, Annual Catalog)
Plastic Wrap
Stampin' Dimensionals

I guarantee that you will have lots of fun doing this background!

Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of white cardstock in half, creasing it well with a bone folder.

To this white card base, add a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of black cardstock.

The background will be done on a piece of white cardstock that measures 3 1/2" x 4 3/4". 

I purposely made the rest of the card in black and white so you can choose the color scheme you want for your background.

Grab your roll of plastic wrap to start.

Choose two colors (or at most three) of ink pads. Remember some color theory so you don't get mud. A few colors that don't work well together are red/green, yellow/purple, orange/blue. You can see in my sample that I used blue and green, friends on the color wheel.

Take two smaller sized pieces -- 6-8" -- of plstic wrap and wad it up in your hand. If you are using three colors, you will need three pieces of plastic wrap, one for each color, This wad of plastic wrap will be your "stamp". Tap the wad into the first ink and lightly tap it onto the white cardstock. Keep doing this randomly all over the cardstock, leaving a little white space. Take the second piece of plastic wrap and wad it up in your hannd, and repeat this process with the second color, then with the thiird color if you choose. You can always go back with one or the other colors and fill in gaps. The secret is to use a LIGHT hand.

Set this aside while you work on the rest of the card.

Cut a tag from the Tailor Made Tags dies that measures 1 1/2" x 3 1/4".

On a scrap of white cardstock, stamp in black the flower from the Quiet Meadow set. Fussy cut the flower. Add it with Stampin' Dimensionals towards the top of the tag. 

Slip a 5" length of the dotted ribbon through the hole in the top of the tag and tie it close to the tag with black and white baker's twine tied in a bow.

Add a sentiment of your choice to the bottom of the tag in black ink. Mine came from the Quiet Meadow set, same as the flower.

Adhere the dried background to the black on the card base.

Add the tag with a couple Stampin' Dimensionals.

There! Now wasn't that fun? Do you love your background?

Have you ever done a background like this before? If so, I bet it's been a long time. Right? 



  1. Not only have I used this technique on cards but I used the same technique with laytex paint in my kitchen. I love the colors you've chosen. Pinned!

    1. Thanks, Joanne! In your kitchen, did you actually use plastic wrap with the latex paint?

  2. Linda, I love the soothing colors of your card and the way you incorporated the unexpected kitchen element into the design! Thank you SO much for sharing your creativity at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy. Congrats for being a Featured Guest at our party this week! :-)

    1. Thank you! I always love love love your comments!