When I designed this layout using (mostly) only stamps, it really gave me a taste for designing my own papers using my stamps and inks. I love that you can create exactly what you need at a fraction of the price (given that you use stamps you already own ;) ) for a truly unique result. This time around I wanted to create a background in the style of the papers from My Mind Eyes, with some sort of a ledger backdrop and a few colourful elements either side. And as I am a very nice kinda gal (lol) I decided to share with you my step by step with a few tips.
I used a sheet of bazzil cardstock untextured in vanilla. First I rubbed some distress ink in Antique Linen all over my sheet insisting around the edges. Then I stamped the grid still with Antique Linen ink all over my background. The stamp is from this set. It is a must buy for me as you will be able to create tones of different patterned papers with it. If you haven't got a stamp to create a ledger style backdrop you can always use a good old ruler and a pen, especially since you can now find distress ink pens! Also don't feel restricted to an Antique Linen colour, Old Paper or any other pale shades will work as well for different effects! I then used a stamp from this set to create my Script elements. I used the Early Espresso shade from Stampin'up. I inked my stamp but then gently (almost like a feather) pressed it with some kitchen towel before stamping it on my paper. The kitchen towel bit is to give it a weathered/ aged effect. I used a stamp from this set to create the doily elements. I stamped the same design in Antique Linen, Real Red (from Stampin'up) and Night Of Navy (Stampin'up also). I finished it off by adding a few splashes of dark brown ink and by rubbing some distress ink in Frayed Burlap. There you go, you have your own home made unique patterned paper! Do you want to see how I used mine? Here it is:
I could have gone for a very feminine layout but decided to think outside the box and went for something grungy. I added more layers of stamped images including this brand new design as well as this one for my title. I created my own patterned paper (behind the photos) with a stamp from this set. To create the strips of white paper with text I simply stamped with Versafine some white paper, tore it, crumpled it (it helped the ink to bleed to create an aged effect) and then stuck it flat on my layout. I finished it all off with a few flowers and splashes of green paint. It is hard to believe I created this layout only using stamps, inks and white papers!!!
As I have been asked before, all my Stampin'up purchase are made through Mandi who also run the Less Is More challenges. She is fantastic! I really hope this inspired you!!!