On July 5th I shared a card using the Coffee Cafe stamp set that included a background with lines of color.  I had so many people ask me how I created that background that I decided to create a quick tip video.

I’m calling this the “swoosh technique”.  Here are a few things you need to know.

  • You can’t entirely control how the color or the lines will appear.
  • Make sure your ink pad is well inked. A bit over-inked works even better.  The juicer your ink pad, the easier it is to slide the pad across the cardstock.
  • Be sure to allow drying time between colors or you’ll have a smeared mess.
  • Experiment with color combinations but remember that two colors overlapping one another can create a third. For example, red and yellow will make orange.

I’ve included pictures of the completed card from July below along with a list of supplies.  If you missed the original post to this project you can view it HERE.

Create the swoosh technique for a fun background. Quick tip video tutorial included. Coffee Cafe by Stampin' Up!.

Fun swoosh technique background on this frappuccino card. Coffee Cafe by Stampin' Up!.

The clear lid on the cup was created using the Coffee Cups Framelits and Window Sheets.Ohhh, the swoosh! Create a fun background using your ink pads. Video tutorial included. Coffee Cafe by Stampin' Up!.

The swoosh! Create this fun background using your ink pads. Quick tip video tutorial included. Coffee Cafe by Stampin' Up!.

My top 10 stamp set picks from Holiday Catalog

You’ve been asking so here they are:

#10 – Santa’s Suit #146060

#9 – Pick a Pumpkin Bundle #146024 wood, #146025 clear

#8 – Merry Little Labels Bundle #146029 wood, #146030 clear

#7 – Spooky Cat Bundle #146014

#6 – Festive Phrases #144957 wood, #144960 clear

#5 – Half Full #144996 wood, #144999 clear

#4 – Night in Bethlehem Bundle #146043 wood, #146044 clear

#3 – Painted Harvest Bundle #146021

#2 – Snowflake Sentiments #144817 wood, #144820 clear

#1 – Merry Cafe, #144965

I’d love to know your top pick(s). Leave me a comment!


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