Wonderful Itty Bitty Backgrounds

Stampin up wonderful saffron
Want an inexpensive way to create a quick, custom colored background?  Stampin' Up!'s Bitty Backgrounds ($12.95 for four stamps) are such a simple and delightful way to create painterly effects in a flash.

Stampin up wonderful close
I stamped the two step stem from Stampin' Up!'s Wonderful You on Whisper White, first in Soft Saffron (solid image) and second in Basic Gray (line image).  The image was popped out with a 1 1/4" square punch and layered on So Saffron 1 3/8" squares.  TIP:  Having both the square punches makes precise layers for this look in seconds.  The squares were adhered and matted on a single piece of Basic Gray card stock.

My Stems and Silhouettes Jumbo Wheel was rolled in Basic Gray ink and took a ride across So Saffron card stock.  I then matted it on Basic Gray, and added some luscious Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon (using the Stay Put Bow Method here).  I then stamped "wonderful you" (inked in Basic Gray) on Whisper White and cut it to fit below the label holder.  TIP:  I always align and attach the sentiment with Stampin' Dimensionals first, before adding the Hodgepodge Hardware Label Holder and Brads.  Much easier to line up.

Today's BRIGHT IDEA is showcasing the ease of using Itty Bitty Backgrounds.  The largest "grain" was inked in So Saffron and stamped on a card base of Whisper White (5.5 x 5.25, scored at the top).  Next, the finest "grain" was inked in Basic Gray and layered on top.  WOW in an itty bitty amount of time.  TIP:  For another look, just do the edges of an image with the "bitties," much like you would use a sponge.  It's a classy change-up.

Hugs and Pretties . . . . M

Stamp Sets:  Bitty Backgrounds, Wonderful You, Stems and Silhouettes Jumbo Wheel
Paper:  Whisper White, So Saffron, Basic Gray
Ink:  Basic Gray, So Saffron
Cool Tools:  1 3/8 and 1 1/4" Square Punches, Corner Rounder Punch
The Perfect Touch:  Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon, Hodgepodge Hardware (Pewter Label Holder and Brads), Stampin' Dimensionals


  1. Colleen Moreland

    I love that card. Very nice. I love the little stamps so much. Nice job again, Ms. Mary!

  2. Very inspiring, I’ll have to try the sponging itty bitty effect you suggested, great idea!

  3. colleen kramer

    So nice! The great layout and color combo works so well with your handmade patterned paper.

  4. Very nice card. I think itty bitty backgrounds is a must have for everyone who stamps – those splatters can make a wow card into a SUPER wow with just a couple of taps. Very fun!

  5. I have those stamps, thanks for the inspiration. Too many ideas, so little time.

  6. Very cool background. I always forget about using those. Thanks for the reminder! Great color combo too!

  7. These cards are lovely! I see there are more items in the mini catalog I need to add to my toy box! Thanks for the tip on the stay-put-bow. I can hardly wait to try it!

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