Card Videos, Lettering, Mail Art

EASY Blackout Backgrounds + Brush Lettering Mail Art

Hello, all! Today I’m using the Mail Jumble background stamp from Hero Arts to create both a card and envelope with what I’m calling a blackout background. Essentially the idea is to add a flat color to the areas around the individual images (in this case, the envelopes).

NOTE: This post is part of a blog hop celebrating Hero Arts’ 45th Anniversary! Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for more details.

(Wondering what I used in this video? Everything is linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post, or in the text below. Compensated affiliate links used when possible).

For the card, I stamped the background stamp on Neenah Environmental Desert Storm cardstock in Intense Black ink and then colored the background with a red Copic marker. I also stamped and white heat embossed greetings from the Smile Stamp & Cut set over the background.

To emphasize the words, I carefully drew around them with a black marker. Then I cut the background with a circle die and adhered it to a white card base.

For the envelope, I stamped the Mail Jumble Background stamp on an A2 Paper Bag Envelope from Paper Source. I used a black Copic marker to color the background areas and then painted Elizabeth’s name using white gouache.

NOTE: Address used with permission. Thanks, Elizabeth!

Similar to the card, I added black around the white lettering to help it stand out on top of the background. I also added a black area for the street address and used a white Gelly Roll pen to add the address.

Hero Arts 45th Anniversary Blog Hop

Today is Day 3 of the Hero Arts Anniversary Blog Hop! Make sure to check out Day 1 and Day 2!

There are a ton of prizes and giveaways, too! Look at this list!

Winners will be drawn from the comments at all of the blogs participating in the 3-day blog hop–you can comment on posts included in all three days for more chances to win! Comment by Sunday, June 2 at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.

Your next stop on the hop is Lawn Fawn! Get Hopping!

Supplies

Compensated affiliate links used when possible. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased. Items below are shown in the order they appear in the video.

*Hero Arts Mail Jumble Cling Background
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*Hero Arts Smile Stamp and Cut set
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*Simon Says Stamp Nested Circles dies
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Neenah Desert Storm Card Stock, 100 lb.
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MISTI Stamp Positioning Tool
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Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink
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Copic Sketch Marker R46 Strong Red
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EK Success Powder Tool
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VersaMark Ink
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Brutus Monroe Alabaster embossing powder
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Sistema Storage Container (for…
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Clips for embossing powder container
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Mini Spoons for embossing powder…
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Precision Heat Embossing Gun
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3M Micropore Tape
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Gemini Junior Die Cutting Machine
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T-Square Ruler
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*Tombow Mono Drawing Pens
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Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, 110…
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Scor-Pal Scor-Buddy scoring board
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Simon Says Stamp Teflon Bone Folder
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3M Scotch Foam Tape
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Paper Source A2 Paper Bag Envelopes
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Copic Sketch Marker C10 Cool Gray
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Holbein Gouache in White
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Escoda Prado Watercolor Brush, Round 2
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*Sakura Gelly Roll White Pen, 10 Bold
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*Sakura Gelly Roll White Pen, 10 Bold…
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Dahle Self-Healing Cutting 18×12 Mat
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