Embossed backgrounds

Whether you want to make a card, a tag or a scrapbook page, embossed backgrounds are fun and easy to do. I love to take a stamp set that I haven’t used in a while and use it to make an embossed background.



  • A2 Card base
  • Layering card stocks. I used navy, light blue and white
  • Stamp set
  • Black StazOn ink
  • Embossing ink and powder. I used Versamark ink and white embossing powder.
  • Heat tool
  • Distress inks: I used Tim Holtz’s Broken China, Salty Ocean and Chipped Sapphire
  • Alcohol markers, regular markers or colored pencils. I used alcohol markers by Spectrum Noir IG1, DG3 and IG4
  • Navy ribbon (or any ribbon that matches your inks)
  • Adhesives: I used glue, foam pop dots, double sided tape and a glue gun

The first thing to do is stamp your image onto the white card stock, apply your embossing powder and heat set. I used white embossing powder because I wanted the detail of the stamp to remain white after I inked the paper.DSCN1594

At this time I also inked my focal image onto white card stock. I used black StazOn ink so I could color the image without the markers bleeding over the line. I then used a circle die cut around my focal image.


I wanted my background to have a “sky” appearance so I layered my inks. For the first layer, I covered the entire paper with the Broken China using a square applicator in a circular motion. I didn’t do a thick coverage with this layer. For the second layer, I applied the Salty Ocean only to the top two thirds of the paper. Make sure you blend the area where the two colors meet and cover the area completely. For the third layer, I used the Chipped Sapphire on the top third. To really get the white details to pop, use a cloth and wipe the surface. The ink will not stick to the embossing powder.DSCN1596 DSCN1597 DSCN1598

Coloring the focal image. An artist friend taught me to use a pale gray to outline the entire image before coloring. This really makes the image look clear and sharp. I used IG1 to do my outline. I used DG3 to color the olive branch and IG4 to accent the wings of the dove. I then mounted the image on a circle of navy card stock.

I added the navy organza ribbon to the bottom of my background before I attached it to my card base. I put a small piece of double sided tape to the back on each side and the wrapped the ribbon around the paper.


I then attached the background to the card base using my double sided tape. I used pop dots to attach the focal image to the circular area on the background.


I made a double looped bow and attached it with my glue gun.


I opted to only put a sentiment on the inside. I stamped “With Sympathy” in black StazOn ink on white card stock and layered it with light blue and navy blue card stock.


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Have a great week crafting.


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