WPlus9 | A Background Study: Ikat

WPlus9 | A Background Study: Ikat

Hello, friends! If you were to ask me what is my most favorite thing in stamping I would without hesitation reply – backgrounds! I love to create my own, unique, on-of-a-kind stamped patterns and backgrounds for cards, tags and even gift wrap.

WPlus9 | A Background Study: Ikat. Floral Thank You cards by Yana Smakula using WPlus9 Borders & Backgrounds 1 Stamps, Fresh Cut Flowers Stamps and Hand Lettered Thanks Stamps

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CARDS DETAILS

For my today’s blog post I reached for one of WPlus9 older stamp sets, Borders & Backgrounds 1. I had my eye on this set for a long time and finally was able to create a few bold and colorful cards featuring DIY Ikat stamped patterns.

WPlus9 | A Background Study: Ikat. Floral Thank You cards by Yana Smakula using WPlus9 Borders & Backgrounds 1 Stamps, Fresh Cut Flowers Stamps and Hand Lettered Thanks Stamps

I challenged myself to use every border stamp included in this stamp set and thus created 3 similar but very different backgrounds. My color choice for these cards landed on blue. I also used a lot of white and green, a bit of black and a hint of gold.

WPlus9 | A Background Study: Ikat. Floral Thank You cards by Yana Smakula using WPlus9 Borders & Backgrounds 1 Stamps, Fresh Cut Flowers Stamps and Hand Lettered Thanks Stamps

The blue color is represented using 3 different shades, 3 ink pads – Lake House, Falling For Blue and Nautical Navy. These are fantastic bold and vibrant colors and they work oh so well together.

WPlus9 | A Background Study: Ikat. Floral Thank You cards by Yana Smakula using WPlus9 Borders & Backgrounds 1 Stamps, Fresh Cut Flowers Stamps and Hand Lettered Thanks Stamps

I used a MISTI stamp positioner to stamp an ombre background on my largest project. I started with Lake House in the middle (later covered with a mix of Falling For Blue and Lake House) and worked my way out to Nautical Navy overlapping and mixing colors slightly on my stamp. I also added green and black details using WPlus9 Last Leaf ink and Versafine Onyx Black ink.

One of the smaller, 4 Bar size, cards was complemented with gold heat embossing over Falling For Blue stamping. I added gold heat embossed dots onto every other stamped blue row.

WPlus9 | A Background Study: Ikat. Floral Thank You cards by Yana Smakula using WPlus9 Borders & Backgrounds 1 Stamps, Fresh Cut Flowers Stamps and Hand Lettered Thanks Stamps

WPlus9 | A Background Study: Ikat. Floral Thank You cards by Yana Smakula using WPlus9 Borders & Backgrounds 1 Stamps, Fresh Cut Flowers Stamps and Hand Lettered Thanks Stamps

The background on the other smaller card was stamped using a combination of blue and green. I used a black pigment pen to add black details over blue stamping.

WPlus9 | A Background Study: Ikat. Floral Thank You cards by Yana Smakula using WPlus9 Borders & Backgrounds 1 Stamps, Fresh Cut Flowers Stamps and Hand Lettered Thanks Stamps

My cards were embellished using flowers from the all-time favorite Fresh Cut Florals stamp set. I used same blue and green inks to stamp them and created dimensional flower centers using Nuvo Drops in Gloss White.

WPlus9 | A Background Study: Ikat. Floral Thank You cards by Yana Smakula using WPlus9 Borders & Backgrounds 1 Stamps, Fresh Cut Flowers Stamps and Hand Lettered Thanks Stamps

As for the sentiments, they came from the Hand Lettered Thanks and Fresh Cut Florals stamps and were stamped in Falling For Blue and heat embossed in white embossing powder onto black cardstock.

WPlus9 | A Background Study: Ikat. Floral Thank You cards by Yana Smakula using WPlus9 Borders & Backgrounds 1 Stamps, Fresh Cut Flowers Stamps and Hand Lettered Thanks Stamps

I went with “Thank You” messages for my projects, but I see these backgrounds being suitable for a number of different occasions.

WPlus9 | A Background Study: Ikat. Floral Thank You cards by Yana Smakula using WPlus9 Borders & Backgrounds 1 Stamps, Fresh Cut Flowers Stamps and Hand Lettered Thanks Stamps

WPlus9 | A Background Study: Ikat. Floral Thank You cards by Yana Smakula using WPlus9 Borders & Backgrounds 1 Stamps, Fresh Cut Flowers Stamps and Hand Lettered Thanks Stamps

So this concludes my background study! I hope you have found it useful and inspirational.

Have fun stamping!

SUPPLIES

I’m listing the products I used below. Click on the link to go directly to the product. Where available I use compensated affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much for your support

WPlus9 Borders & Backgrounds 1 Stamps
WPlus9 Borders & Backgrounds 1 Stamps
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Wplus9 Fresh Cut Flowers Stamps
Wplus9 Fresh Cut Flowers Stamps
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Wplus9 Fresh Cut Flowers Dies
Wplus9 Fresh Cut Flowers Dies
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Wplus9 Hand Lettered Thanks Stamps
Wplus9 Hand Lettered Thanks Stamps
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WPlus9 Lake House Dye Ink
WPlus9 Lake House Dye Ink
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WPlus9 Falling For Blue Dye Ink
WPlus9 Falling For Blue Dye Ink
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WPlus9 Nautical Navy Dye Ink
WPlus9 Nautical Navy Dye Ink
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WPlus9 Last Leaf Dye Ink
WPlus9 Last Leaf Dye Ink
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WPlus9 Coal Mine Cardstock
WPlus9 Coal Mine Cardstock
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Tonic Gloss White Nuvo Crystal Drops
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6 Comments

    1. These are so pretty, Yana! I love the color combo and you’ve made some fabulous backgrounds.

    1. I have the Ikat stamp set, but have barely used it. You have inspired me to dust it off and stamp with it again! Love the color combo you used, too. Your cards are, as always, so lovely.

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