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How To Create a Textured Background Using Direct to Paper Techniques and Cling Film


Direct to Paper Background

Direct to Paper Background

Kate Pullen
Transform backgrounds for stamping projects with just an ink pad and cling film. This is a simple technique yet highly effective, adapting well to various projects.

Ink is applied to a piece of cling film which in turn is placed on a sheet of paper or cardstock. The crinkles in the cling film leave an intricate web on the page.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Quick - but allow time for drying

Here's How:

  1. Spread a sheet of cling film onto the work surface.

  2. Rub the ink pad over the cling film, coloring a patch slightly larger than the finished required size.

  3. Take the cling film and place face down on the paper or cardstock. Quickly move the cling film around so it forms a crinkled surface.

  4. When dry, gently remove the cling film and finish project as required.

    Take a look at this article for more ideas for creating backgrounds for rubber stamping projects.


  1. Wet the background surface first for a more subtle effect.
  2. Lighter shades are achieved by wetting the cling film as this dilutes the ink.
  3. Try rubbing the ink onto the background first and then place cling film to the surface 'swooshing' it around to form a pattern. The effect will depend on the type of paper or cardstock and ink.
  4. Stamp different colored inks on to the cling film to get a multi colored finish.
  5. Practice with combinations of different papers and inks, keeping a record of results.

What You Need

  • Paper or cardstock
  • Stamping ink (any type)
  • Normal household clingfilm

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