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How to create card backgrounds with sentiment stamps

This is a post to show you how to use sentiment stamps in an unconventional way.


I am sure you all know what sentiment stamps are, but, just in case, let me remind you that they are that little sentences you can add onto cards to wish Happy Birthday, to congratulate someone, to encourage or simply to say I love you to the card's recipient.

Well, after some months/years of crafting you start accumulating sentiments from different stamp sets and with different fonts and size... a cool way to use several sentiments at the same time is to combine them to create a nice background.



I stamped the sentiments using dye inks, rather than pigments because they dry very fast.

Wild Rose, Celery Stick, and Doe dye ink cubes are from Lawn Fawn while Lavender Fields is from My Favorite Things.


I picked sentiments and tiny shapes (butterflies, flowers, candies, etc) from different stamp sets and arranged them on the acrylic block (see picture below for an example).


I repeatedly stamped the sentiments onto white Bristol card stock and, to be on the safe side, I have heat-set the backgrounds and used them the following day.

⚠ Press well on the block when stamping because different sentiment stamps can have a slightly different thickness.







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Finally, temperature lowered and I managed to prepare a set of candles for this fall.
Candles are great for any occasion!
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