While the majority of the stamps in my card making stash are clear, I’m a BIG fan of red rubber cling stamps too. Before I started making cards I had no idea what the differences were, aside from the appearance. Having had a chance to play with both, I have to say that red rubber cling stamps are my favourite for creating quick and easy embossed backgrounds – especially when there’s a lot of detail in the image.
For today’s cards, I used the Pinkfresh Studio Winterberry Background Cling Stamp, a gorgeous red rubber-backed stamp from the holiday release. I began by stamping the image in clear embossing ink on a white cardstock panel, then used fine detail gold embossing powder and my heat gun to bring the image to life with shine.
Knowing I wanted to create 2 cards, I cut the panel in half and trimmed each down a bit. It just so happened that there was some matte gold cardstock in my collection that perfectly matched the tone of gold used for the embossing, so I used that to create top and bottom borders.
Next up was a quick strip-cutting session with a variety of cardstock. For one card I kept to more traditional reds and greens, while the other got a more modern green and pink look. I stamped some holiday sentiments on white cardstock panels, then ran the stripes vertically beside them.
The designs needed some dimension, so I backed the Winterberry embossed pieces with craft foam before mounting them to the striped panels. Finally, I added a few matte gold sequins to finish each card.
Large background stamps are a supply that I often forget about (kind of like embossing folders!) but I recently revived several from the depths of my craft bins and am really looking forward to creating with them, both for the holidays and every-day cards. I’d love to hear – do you have any favourites? Do you have a preference for red rubber cling stamps vs the clear kind?