Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Create Your Own Background!


Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the  STAMPtember® Stamp-It Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is ,,,,,,,,


there are so many ways to make your own backgrounds, using stencils, splattering, gelli plate printing etc

We are showcasing GELATOS made by FABER-CASTELL this week. You don’t have to use them to join in but if you have some we would love to see them used.

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store


I am really pleased with how my background turned out for this card – the colours came out just how I wanted them!  I was going for a bokeh effect and used the Hero Arts Bubble Confetti stencil to create it with the Gelatos (Tropical set).  I first scribbled the colours onto my craft sheet and spritzed with water to dissolve the pigment.  I then taped my stencil down over some Tim Holtz Distress Watercolour card and using the bristle brush that came with the Gelatos started dabbing the colour over the stencil one at a time, moving the stencil around to get random spacing of one colour before moving onto the next.  I could’ve used sponge daubers but I’ve ran out and am waiting for some new ones to arrive!!

gelatosI just continued to keep adding spots of colour over the panel until I was happy with the coverage and then took a white pigment ink (Avery Elle) and added random spots of white.  I think it’s this step that really helps to add to the bokeh effect.  I set the background panel to the side to dry and die cut the Simon Says Stamp ice-cream cone parade from white card and pastel card shades.  I used a glue pen to cover the coloured centre pieces before sprinkling them with fine clear glitter.  I assembled them back together and popped them up on foam tape and set aside.  Before adding the sentiment (from Clearly Besotted’s Many Messages) which I stamped in Versamark and embossed in Ranger gold powder, I added a few splats of Heidi Swapp Gold lame spray and a few Doodlebug gold sprinkles.  Finally I adhered the ice cream die cut and mounted the panel to an A2 white card base.

I can’t wait to see all your creative backgrounds this week – thanks for stopping by!



  1. Love love love the pastel dots. . Had no clue gelatos worked this way

  2. Caryn, this card is incredible! Love it.

  3. This is SO pretty! Love the candy colours, just perfect and I LOVE the background!

  4. Noelle says:

    What a sweet background!! I might have to get some Gelatos so I can just try this =)

  5. Gorgeous card Caryn!! Love that beautiful background! Such pretty colors!!


  6. Gorgeous card, Caryn!! Just love the way you made the ice cream look delicious enough to eat!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  7. Your card is stunning Caryn. I love how you have created the background and like everyone else, I need to try that now !!!

    Jo x

  8. Birgit says:

    This is so sweet! Great job on achieving the Bokeh effect. It came out awesome!

  9. WOW! This background is FABULOUS! The colors are so pretty. The ice cream banner is great too!

  10. Really cute!

  11. I love the pretty colours in your background and its makes a fabulous card.

  12. Gorgeous background, Caryn! That tip about using white pigment ink as the final layer is genius. It really makes it look like real bokeh.

  13. Wow! Thank you for the inspiration! This card is adorable! I can’t tell you how happy it makes me! Terrific job! You’ve inspired me…I must go play now!

  14. This is a stunning background Caryn! LOVE the Bokeh effect that you created with the gelatos and your white ink, truly gorgeous!

  15. hi Caryn! amazing watercolor background…I luv it…great job! hope you have a super weekend!

    sparkle & shine *~*

  16. A gorgeous card Caryn, such pretty background colours…….I love the glittering ice cream cones!!

    Heather xx

  17. Such a delightful background…the layering of colours and dots is magical!

  18. Your wonderful pastel background goes perfectly with those delicious ice cream cones! Great idea for how to use the Gelatos! TFS!

  19. Gretchen W says:

    Amazing and yummy background, so love ice cream.

  20. Janet Wilson says:

    WOW! Your background is beautifully done, Caryn – lovely, lovely card 🙂

  21. Cindy C. says:

    Yummlicious!! Love that dreamy background!!

  22. Absolutely AWESOME background!!! I love this! The glitter on the ice cream is super cute, too! Such a great card!

  23. Tammy Applegate says:

    I am totally in love with this. You need to do a video on this. I’m in love with Bokeh and this is just lovely. Thank you for sharing.

  24. I’m a pastel girl at heart, so I adore how this turned out, Caryn! So dreamy……..well done!

  25. you already know how much i LOVE this.. i am getting this stencil.. then copying the heck out of you 🙂 I agree I think the white layer really helps!! thank you for explaining how you did this caryn 🙂

  26. Gorgeous card Caryn 🙂 I love the background you created, so delicate and pretty, a perfect backdrop for the yummy ice creams ,,, very dreamy 🙂

    Lols x x x

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