Now we’re on to stamping! I like to add lots of stamps in the background and have collected all sorts of stamps for just this purpose! If you’re looking to start a collection Ellen Vargo and Sara Naumann’s stamps for PaperArtsy are fabulous as are some of Tim Holtz’s earlier stamps. For this page I added lots of stamps in Broken China Distress Ink so that it complemented the colours in the page. You can, of course stamp in paint! The final stamping I do in black ink – you’d be amazed at how a page comes alive when you add those marks in black ink! Scary at first but then liberating! I wanted you to be able to see the painted background in the finished version so I left some areas uninked – you, of course, can add as much stamping in the background as you like! If it ever seems too much, add a thin layer of paint over the top and it will ‘knock’ back the stamps.