How to Create a Background Using the Smack Down Technique

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Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Here’s another great way to create a background for your cards.  The ink is built up from light to dark making each image “pop” off the paper.  It’s a good way to use those individual stamps or one main image.

This card was created using a 4” x 6” card base made from cardstock, but you can use any sized base that you choose.  Add more colors and patterns by layering a piece of patterned paper (Milk & Cookies by Doodlebug Design shown) to the base.  This piece measures 3 ¾” x 5 ½”.  Also, cut a piece of cardstock that will be used for the technique.  For the card shown, this piece was cut to 3 ½” x 5”.

Starting with the lightest color of ink you have chosen, ink the stamp (Jingle All the Way by Hero Arts shown) and stamp one first image onto the paper.  Move around that image by tapping the stamp onto the paper without adding any additional ink.  The tapping of the stamp will not only lay down more images, but additional spots of ink, as well.  Once there is no more ink being laid down, re-ink the stamp and stamp again and then smack the stamp down around the image to continue filling in the areas until all areas are completed.

Now, change to a darker ink pad and repeat the above step being sure to only add ink when there is no more being transferred from the stamp to the paper.

When completed, attach this piece to the card base.

Frame the background to add some more dimension by cutting 2 squares diagonally and placing them on each corner.

Cut 2 pieces of cardstock and stamp a sentiment onto one of them.  These pieces measure 3 ¼” x 2” for the red one and 3” x 1 ½” for the other one.

Add these to the front of the card.

Finish it off by adding some Stickles to add some color.  Once those have dried add a sentiment to the inside.

The next time you are looking for a way to use your favorite stamp or stamps for something other than the main image take out this tutorial and turn those stamps into a background.  It’s great for any occasion and theme year round.  The more ink that is built up the more color the card will have so don’t hold back!  Enjoy playing with those stamps and ink!

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About Peg

Peg Rounds lives in East Moline, Illinois with her husband and best friend, Kevin and their son Josh and 2 dogs. She was an elementary school teacher turned stay at home mom, and later a home school mom. Over the years, she designed cakes on the side and went to school to become a certified chocolatier. She always has loved to craft since she was young and it was something that she wanted to be doing, but set it aside due to her busy life. After 15 years of doing cakes she decided it was time to stop and focus more on her family. She began doing layouts, then cards and it went from there. Before she knew it, next to spending time with her family, she spent every free moment creating something and blogging about it. One thing led to another and here she is today! Check out Peg's blog, Peg's Crafting Corner to see what else she has been up to!

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