Scrapbook Tutorial: Stamping a 3D Background

rukristin april-18

Hi hi, today I’m sharing a tutorial on using coordinating stamp and die sets to create a three-dimensional scrapbook layout. I’m a sucker for great stamp sets, and as soon as I saw the A Birdie Told Me Stamp Set from Lawn Fawn, I knew I needed to have it, along with the matching die set. Who could resist differently sized adorable speech bubbles? Not I. Especially when they’re paired up with a matching die-cut set. PS — you can also do this without a die-cut machine, you just need a sharp pair of scissors and a steady hand. 

In the following tutorial I’ll be using StazOn, a solvent-based permanant ink, which does not run or bleed for the outlines of my stamped images. For the coloring of the images I’ll be using Memento, a fast-drying and fade resistant dye ink.

I prefer to use StazOn for stamping outlines, especially if I’m going to be coloring them in with dye ink. My only caviat about StazOn is that it does not work well with Copic Markers — so if you’re planning on coloring with Copics, pick a mixed-media ink that works with the alcohol-based inks in Copic Markers.

Step One: I started with a 8.5×11 sheet of white cardstock. This would become the background of my layout. I grabbed the Lawn Fawn stamp set, the StazOn in Jet Black, and a stamping block.
Step Two: I placed my 4×4″ photo on the lower-right hand side of the page. I then used a pencil to make small marks in each of the corners, marking off the area that the photo covers the white cardstock.
Step Three: Using the StazOn in Jet Black, I stamped speech bubbles throughout the page, alternating sizes to create a pattern that I liked, overlapping the stamps when necessary.
Step Four: I then created the colored die-cut speech bubble embellishments that would rest on top of the stamped images.  I took  a second sheet of white cardstock and again using the StazOn in Jet Black, stamped more speech bubbles, leaving enough room on the sides to color in each of the stamped images.
Step Five: To color in the speech bubbles, I used a craft sponge (a makeup sponge works just fine) and dabbed the sponge onto the Memento ink (Lady Bug), getting the sponge sufficiently inked up. Yes — dabbed’ and ‘inked up’ are all very technical terms — please study, there will be an exam next week. 
Step Six: I started the coloring process by dabbing the inked sponge over the stamped speech bubble using a light touch and circular movement. The first pass didn’t cover the entire image, so I re-inked the sponge and dabbed the stamped image again, giving it a second pass to fill in the color. I wasn’t concerned how far outside the lines I colored, as I would be using a die-cutting machine to cut these out later.
Step Seven: Using the coordinating die set and my die cut machine, I layered the coordinating die over the stamped image and ran the die and paper through my die-cut machine. I used washi tape to secure the die to some extra paper, so that it didn’t move around as much inside the die-cut machine. Different die-cut machines have different instructions — follow the basic directions for yours. If you do not own a die cut machine, you can replicate this techniques with a sharp pair of small scissors.
Step Eight: My finished speech bubble looked like this. I then repeated steps 5-7 to color in the rest of the speech bubbles using different colored inks (Lady BugDandelionTeal Zeal, and Pear Tart).
Step Nine: I finished up the layout by returning the photo to it’s spot. I journaled with a black pen on the speech bubbles before adhering them to the layout, then added them to the top of the cardstock. I then used then use foam squares adhesive to add adhere about half the speech bubbles, and a regular flat adhesive to attach the other half. I completed it by adding a title sticker and a strip of patterned paper on the bottom to pull it all together.
Supplies Needed: Lawn Fawn Stamp: A Birdie Told Me & Die SetStazOn in Jet BlackMemento Ink ink in Lady BugDandelionTeal ZealPear Tart, White Cardstock, Die Cut Machine, Foam Square Adhesive, Tape Runner, Washi Tape/Masking Tape, Embellishments
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  • Jo

    I love it x I love the stamps and your process of colouring in and then cutting the shapes using the die cut shapes. I am now making a shopping list of ideas and pinning this. You’re a terrible influence
    Jo xxx

    • Hooray! I’m so glad you think so lol.

      • Jo

        ;) xxx
        Jo x

  • Emily

    What kind of die cutting machine did you use?

    • I have a Spellbinders Grand Calibur machine. I got it second-hand. It works fantastically. I’ve even done some letterpress work in it.