Taco Bout it – Creating a Background using a Sentiment – Jes

Contributor Jes Brandon wants to ‘Taco Bout’ creating a background using a sentiment found in the Taco Bout It stamp set! She walks you through how any sentiment image can be made into your own background.


Hi everyone! It’s Jes and I’m here today with a fast little tutorial for making your own patterned paper.  If you’re in the Sweet Fan Club, or you went to the July Release Event, it’s a very good chance that you saw the adorable card Nicole made with the new Spa Day set.  After seeing her patterned background we had several people ask how to do it.  It’s super easy.  You’ll need: cardstock, ink (I used Memento), a stamp block, and your favorite stamp set. Anything can be a background.  I chose to go very simple this time.

I love the Taco Bout It stamp set, but it’s one that doesn’t get much love.  It was perfect for what I wanted to make today.  I used a brown card stock (I think I got this pack at Walmart, but it’s been a few years so I’m not sure).  This is going to be a tone on tone card, so I chose a brownish ink as well.

Step one: Decide what your background is going to look like. Most of the time I sketch it out on scratch paper a few times until I find a design I like.  This time I knew exactly what I wanted, so I didn’t bother sketching. Once you know what it’s going to look like, you’re ready to choose the stamp or stamps that will comprise the background.  I chose a phrase this time, but you could totally use icons too.

Step two is pretty simple.  You’ll stamp your image or phrase in a repeating pattern until the card is full.  To get nice even lines, you could always lightly sketch them in with a pencil and ruler. I like the off set look, so I free-handed it this time.  Note: free hand usually works best with phrases.  Free-handing with icons can look messy fast.

Step three: Make your card.  I grabbed the taco from the limited edition Just Icons sticker sheet (it was a bonus sheet in the bundle, but is not for sale). I also grabbed one of the larger tacos from the Yum Sticker Sheet.  Then, using Tuxedo Black memento ink, I added my sentiment.  The light brown background was light enough that I could stamp right on top and my sentiment was still legible. If your background won’t work for a sentiment, you can always make a super fast banner with a small strip of card stock, and stamp on there.

To finish up my card, I adhered it to a yellow card base to make it pop. This card took about 15 minutes start to finish, minus time to photograph. It is the perfect cute invite to a taco themed game night. Don’t forget to stamp a sentiment on the inside to tie it all together.

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One Response to Taco Bout it – Creating a Background using a Sentiment – Jes

  1. Holly Flores says:

    OMGosh that is so cute, I am definitely going to have to try that out.

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