Back to Basics Technique Hop

Close up photo of a stamped acorn covered in glitter
Back to Basics Stamping Techniques Blog Hop logo with a photo of a layout and card

Do you ever find yourself paralyzed by the amount of crafting supplies you have? Or perhaps you are new to stamping and wonder where to begin when there are so many choices. The answer to both the seasoned and the new stamper is to get back to basics!

Welcome to the CTMH Back to Basics
Stamping Techniques Blog Hop!

We have gathered 14 talented Close To My Heart Consultants to share some of our favorite stamping techniques.  If you are joining me from Tamara Sandwisch’s blog, you are on the right track.  Remember, a blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around.

Stamping Techniques Blog Hop--Thinking of You card created by random stamping a background in colorful leaves and acorns

Random Stamping Technique

One of my all-time favorite stamping techniques is to create my own patterned paper using random stamping. For this project, I used the Autumn Air Stamp of the Month (S1910) along with Sangria, Saffron, Paprika, Sage and Toffee inks. The key with the random stamping technique is to make sure you are stamping your images in a triangle to avoid a uniform pattern. I turn my stamp each time so that the leaves and acorns are not always pointing in the same direction. Notice that the images also go off the edge of the paper to give it the look of printed patterned paper. What I love most about the random stamping technique is that it helps you get a lot of mileage out of your stamp sets.

Stamping Techniques Blog Hop--close up of an acorn covered in shimmer brush

I stamped the sentiment from Say It in Style (D1283) and covered the acorn with the Clear Shimmer Brush for added shine.

Creative Play Challenge

To help you engage in creative play, I’m going to issue challenges and ask that you post your results here with a link or the actual image. Your first challenge is to explore your creativity by creating your own background paper using the random stamping technique. Limit your supplies to only stamps, 4-6 ink pads, and 2-3 colors of cardstock. I look forward to seeing your cards/projects!

Back to the Basics Blog Hop

Next stop on the hop is the amazing Katy Taylor! Her art always inspires, so I look forward to seeing what she has in store for us.

About Author

My adventures as a CTMH consultant began in April of 2007. My goal was simply to meet my minimums so that I could enjoy the consultant discount. Little did I know that my passion for the products and teaching scrapbooking and stamping techniques would lead me to so many new friendships. I've had the good fortune to travel to a variety of CTMH events and was even asked to teach at the Studio J Boot Camp in 2011, Convention Extravaganza in 2012, and on the main stage at Convention 2015.


  • Tamara Sandwisch
    October 15, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    What a great card!!

    • Amy
      October 15, 2019 at 8:52 pm

      Thanks, Tamara!

  • Haley Dyer
    October 15, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    Beautiful random stamping!

    • Amy
      October 15, 2019 at 8:52 pm

      Thanks, Haley!

  • Miss. Carrie's Creations
    October 15, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Your background is absolutely stunning. Thank you for joining the Technique Blog Hop this month. I can’t wait to see what you create next month. ☕ MissC

    • Amy
      October 15, 2019 at 8:52 pm

      Thank you! It was fun to remember all those basic stamping techniques.

  • Catherine Nowak
    October 15, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    Love your card! Love random stamping and those leaves are perfect!

    • Amy
      October 15, 2019 at 8:50 pm

      Thanks, Catherine!

  • Wendy K.
    October 15, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Pretty fall card! I love how you were able to capture the shimmer in your close-up photo!

    • Amy
      October 15, 2019 at 8:49 pm

      Thanks, Wendy!

  • Melissa Robinson
    October 19, 2019 at 8:50 am

    I love the look of the random-stamping and your final card!

    • Amy
      October 19, 2019 at 2:20 pm

      Thanks, Melissa!


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