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Tuesday Techniques And Tutorials.....Just Because!

I will be posting tutorials and techniques on Tuesdays.  Today I am using the Mega MountTM and stamping with Cover-A-CardTM stamps to create a simple background and then show how easy it is to give the central image more depth.  There is also an idea for using the remnants from the background and the card front.

So Lets get started:

PH 1


Inks -

  • Memento Summer Sky, Bamboo Leaves, Pear Tart, and Tuxedo Black
  • StazOn Jet Black

Cardstock (CS)-

  • Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80lb Cardstock - Images
  • Domtar Cougar White Super Smooth 100lb Cardstock 5.25"X10.5" - Folded Card
  • Bazzill Blue Bell Cardstock

Accessories -

  • Mega MountTM, styluses, Pergamano mat, 1/8" 3D pop dots, May Arts ribbon, left over bare stick pin, Mark Richards Black Onyx rhinestones, Fiskars Paper Crimper


PH 2

  • First I removed the backing from the cling.  (I save the backing and put it back  when I have cleaned the stamp.  It preserves the cling so it continues to attach well to the back of the acrylic mount.)  Ask me how I know!!!
  • I aligned the stamp, with the mount facing me, to the bottom right-hand side (corner) of the mount.
  • I inked and stamped the Cover-A-CardsTM Clouds first with my blue ink.
  • Next I did the same with the Cover-A-CardTM Bamboo stamp.
  • When inking your stamp, if you hold it at an angle, the light should help you see if it is covered well.  I never stamp with a dry ink pad unless I want a 'weathered' look (missed spots).

PH 3      A. Lining Up Your Mount to stamp on the cardstock:

  • The white paper underneath the CS is used printer paper turned over.  I get a better impression if I have a cushion.  When I'm done with it I throw it in the recycle bin.
  • I have turned the inked mount over and lined up with the bottom and LEFT side of the CS.  It saves bigger pieces of CS to use for other stamping.
  • I sit when using the Mega Mount and rock it from the bottom to the top.  I say rock because, depending upon the ink, I can move it back and forth and still get a good impression. (Some people like to hold it so they move from left to right.)
  • I clean the stamp right away with a wipee, replace the backing, and store it in a 6"X6" zip-lock bag with the copy of the stamp image.

  PH 4

  • As you can see the background is almost done. 
  • I wanted a ground effect for the Pandas, so I stamped them next to see how they would look with the BG space.
  • The BG was trimmed to 5"X5" and the remnants are saved for the inside and envelope.

PH 5yes

  • I stamped the Pandas twice.  The first image was cut out and laid against the background to see where the Pandas would look best.
  • Two inks were daubed on scratch on the right to get a feel for how they might look on the BG and then added to the CAC BG.


  • I turned the cut out Pandas over and used a stylus on the entire back. TIP - If you stylus is too small it will tear through the paper.  Some use wax on their tip.  I don't.  Next I turned them back over and use the fine tipped stylus to line the heads, arms, and legs.  Do Pandas have arms?  Hee hee!!!
  • You can see I daubed the ground for them.  Next I cut out the Mama Panda's head, her right front leg (your left), and the baby Panda's right leg.  You can see how I placed the 3D pop-dots for the head.  The legs have already been placed.


  • After taping the bottom edge of the Pandas and lining it with May Arts gathered ribbon, the image was mounted to the card front using 3D pop dots on the BG.
  • The card front was then mounted on white and blue CS.
  • The sentiment was stamped on a piece of .75"X3" white CS and attached to a bare stick pin as shown.  (Black Onyx rhinestone stickers were attached as shown.
  • The finished card front was mounted on 5.25"X10.25" white folded CS.



  • The REMNANTS from the CLOUDS/BAMBOO CACS BG and leftover blue CS were run though a Paper Crimper in both directions.  Then they were peeled apart as shown above. (On the envelopes, it keeps the outside smoother to go through postal machines.  It's a nice little personal touch too.)  On the inside it's a quick and easy way to give the inside some decor without painting or coloring if you don't have similar smaller stamp(s), etc.

Before I say good-bye, a reminder that if there is a technique you would like to see, tell me and I will add it to my list.  My email is above and just below my name in the sidebar to your right.

This was fun and I hope you enjoyed it too.  Thanks for stopping by to look and say hi!