Stamping with Plastic Wrap – Card Background Technique

Today we are going to do some stamping with plastic wrap! Yes, I did say plastic wrap. It a fun and simple card background technique that you can use with supplies you probably already have on hand.

Stamping with Plastic Wrap - Card Background Technique

The cards in this video feature the Beautifully Braided Bundle (stamp set and punch) from Stampin Up. But keep in mind you can use this technique with any supplies you have on hand.

The Card Background Technique

Now for this technique you can use either a plastic bag or plastic wrap. I recommend the use of plastic wrap because it will hold a crinkled shape which makes it much easier to stamp with.

Stamping with Plastic Wrap - Card Background Technique

The technique is super simple too! Simply bunch up a piece of plastic wrap to form a little crumpled ball of plastic that you can easily hold in one hand. Then simply blot the plastic wrap on the ink pad and stamp on the color. That’s it! It leaves such a fun texture on the cardstock, hey?

Creating a Colorful Background

So the first way you can use plastic wrap in your card making is to stamp a colorful background. It’s such a quick and simple way to add color to an entire piece of cardstock. And it’s not messy! I love that!

The first card features the use of one color, Daffodil Delight, to stamp the background. Once you cover the entire piece of cardstock with color, then go ahead and add your focal point. In this case, the focal point is the floral image from the Beautifully Braided stamp set. The second card features the same technique, the only difference is that it features two colors instead of one.

Stamping with Plastic Wrap - Card Background Technique

The cool thing about this technique is that you don’t need to get another piece of plastic wrap to add the second color. Simply blot the yellow color off and then go ahead and start stamping with the calypso coral color.

Masking Technique

The second way you can use the plastic wrap technique is with a bit of masking. Masking involves covering up parts of the cardstock, with thin paper, so that the color is only visible in the areas that you want it. 

Stamping with Plastic Wrap - Card Background Technique

So for this card, I am masking off about an inch or so on each side of the white cardstock because I want the color from my plastic wrap stamping technique to go right down the center of the cardstock. Once the mask in place, you can start stamping with the plastic wrap. Cover the entire center section of the card with color. Then remove the mask and you are ready to finish the card.

Stamping with Plastic Wrap - Card Background Technique


Now you have three different ways that you can stamp with plastic wrap to create colorful backgrounds for your cards. For a complete list of supplies and all of the step by step instructions for creating these cards, feel free to download the printable tutorial.

I hope you enjoyed this quick and simple card background technique! Be sure to watch the video to see this technique in action.

For another fun background technique, learn how to create the Bokeh effect in card making HERE. Have a creative day! ~ Lynn

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