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Happy Monday, my crafty friends! Let’s start the week off with my favourite postie- Mr. Snail, who has a special delivery today! And, funnily enough…this card is showcasing the ‘Special Delivery‘ stamp set, which has so much mileage – I LOVE IT!

For this card, I wanted to use the smaller images in the set to create my own custom background – YES, that IS a stamped background, not patterned paper! It looks awesome, doesn’t it!?

I started with two pieces of cardstock which were the same size as a 4-bar card blank, and then I used a trimmer to remove a strip in the middle of one piece. I also used some stitching effect dies to add a little pizzazz and interest to the card.

Next I gently marked the bottom piece of cardstock with a few pencil lines, so I could tell exactly where I needed to stamp – this way I didn’t waste time stamping on areas that wouldn’t be seen when the card was finally assembled.

I picked out three coordinating dye inks, and some cute heart and lips images from the Special Delivery stamp set, and stamped the images randomly. I love this technique because you can use those little teeny weeny stamps that sometimes don’t get a lot of attention, plus you know that the ink you use to create your unique patterned background will be sure to match the rest of your stamped card!

For Mr, Snail, I stamped him on some cardstock, and coloured him in using similar colours of copic markers, so he coordinated nicely. To give him a little more umppff, I actually stamped him five times – and stacked four fussy-cut shells on top of each other. I then took a black brush marker to colour the edge of the stacked cardstock to give it a nice finish. I think this almost makes his shell look like a chipboard piece, don’t you?


I then stamped the ‘special delivery’ greeting onto card, and die cut it into a speech bubble shape. To add dimension, I also die cut some light orange and mint green cardstock. I stacked the white stamped piece directly onto to the orange cardstock, but then offset the mint green one so it almost looks like a shadow.


To finish the card, I only had to stick everything onto a card blank, and round the corners using a corner chomper tool.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project, and you are inspired to take a look through your stamp sets to find some teeny weeny images that could make an awesome stamped background for your next project!

And of course it wouldn’t be right to leave you guys without saying HAPPY 4th JULY! I hope you have a wonderful day, full of celebrations, family, fun and lots of other delightful things!


Happy crafting, and have a great week!



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  1. laurajane says:

    This is just TOOT SWEET Lesley!! Brilliant idea:))