Bloghop: Make Background Paper for a card

May 26, 2012 by

I’m Sandy Allnock, founder of Operation Write Home, and I am so stoked to share my card where I make background paper out of awesome stamps! This bloghop is one of my favorite things of the year…it’s always so exciting to see just how many people are out there supporting our heroes and blogging about it!

We’re asked to use OWH sketches for this bloghop. For my card, I chose to use OWH sketch #85…it has a great focal point up in the top area and a big space to make background paper —or use some printed paper if you’re not crazy like me!

Make background paper yourself!

If you have the time, it’s fun to create your own design for paper to use on a card. For this one, it’s stamped and colored with Copics! I used the Hero Arts Operation Write Home “Right at Home” fundraiser set of stamps…I just LOVE this set! (And not just because they donate a portion of proceeds!) I stamped the kites with Memento ink, and colored each section in mix-and-matchy style.

Sandy Allnock - Make Background Paper

The ribbon embellishment was made by 1) taking a small piece of 1″ wide ribbon and cutting it at an angle, 2) gluing the two halves side-by-side with Scor-Tape onto black cardstock; 3) trimming the cardstock as a layer. Easypeasy! And of course since it’s May Arts ribbon, it cuts perfectly with no fraying. And this technique uses ribbon without any bulky bows, too!

The sentiment, stamped in Versafine, is from the same set as the kites – this was the sentiment I definitely wanted when making the set suggestion to Hero Arts during the design phase, and it’s just perfect! I pierced around the diecut oval with scallop using my Tim Holtz/Tonic piercer…one of my fave tools of course! You’ve got links in the dooblie do to all the products, including even my favorite guillotine paper cutter and adhesives too.

I sure hope you’re having a blast hopping along and visiting all the great blogs. If you go shopping, just remember to tell everyone you’re there because of OWH…we want them to feel the luv!


If you’re inspired to go make background paper too, come back and leave me a link – I’d love to see what you create!


  1. How cool is this method of using ribbon?! I just love all those little colorful kites too. Great card Sandy! Love that stamp set too!!

  2. Cora Jean

    Great ttechnique with the ribbon. Looks like you had a ball with the kites. Very creative card

  3. Love, love how you did the ribbon and the piercing. There is no way to thank you enough for all you do for our troops. You’re amazing.

  4. Donna Bowman

    This card is done so perfectly! I love how you colored in all those kites! Great take on the sketch and I love your details.

  5. Amy Macak

    Great job as always Sandy!

  6. Miriam Prantner

    What a wonderful organization OWH is! Thanks for keeping our eyes on what this weekend really means. Your card is lovely to, love the coloring and the sentiment.

  7. Linda R

    Great card! Thanks for supporting our troops.

  8. Susan R

    Yolanda’s so right, there’s no way to thank you for all you do . Thanks for keeping use growing and inspired to keep making cards!

  9. Wow, you knocked this one out of the park Sandy! What an eye-catcher, and the layout is just perfect! Thanks for organizing this fun hop!

  10. Ok, second post using this set. Now I really have to have it! I love the kite paper with the ribbon! Good job as always!

  11. Susan Hiles

    Sandy, this card is so bright and cheery, I love it! And I will be using that technique for ribbon on my cards. Thanks you for all you do!

  12. Rachel

    As always, your card inspires! I’ve already got a list of things to do that are inspired from this hop and now your stamp-turned-patterned-paper is on it too! Thanks for the hop, thanks for the mojo, and thanks for everything else. You are truly fabulous and I hope you have a great weekend!

  13. Rose H.

    Love the ribbon technique…can’t wait to see what ideas you share with us next week!

  14. Hi Sandy! Great card! Love the cute stamps and ribbon treatment! I will definitely be popping in over the week – I just won 4 spools of May Arts ribbon and when I opened the package.. let’s just say I’m HOOKED! Such amazing quality!!!!! I really need help learning how to use them on cards so I look forward to your tips! Have a great day, I’ll be following your blog :)

  15. Beth L

    Gorgeous card! I will be back every day to see your ribbon techniques.

  16. Linda

    Great card! Love the fact that it’s all colored and not paper! God bless!

  17. The kites are gorgeous! I can’t wait to see your ribbon cards. I tend to do the same thing over and over with ribbon and I would like to have more options. :)

  18. Sandy, I LOVE OWH and and am thrilled to be in this hop this year. The more I see this stamp set used the more I’m thinking I NEED it for mt collection. Love your card creation and you’re righ about that sentiment. It’s perfect. I’ll be back for the ribbon techniques. Hugs.

  19. Tommi

    Fabulous! Love all the ideas and uses introduced to me to make a beautiful card.

  20. Sandy, as always you created a great card. Love the sentiment and I admire your coloring skills. Thanks for all what you do to help the Troops by inspiring OWHers.

  21. Hi Sandy!
    I love your card AND the random stamped kites on the white piece! I will definitely be trying this sketch out! Thanks for all you do for soldiers and families, and all who want to encourage others through cardmaking!
    Have a blessed day!

  22. Mary-Anne V.

    What a great card…love the image of multiple kites and the ribbon detail that you used.

  23. Laura Jane

    HEY Sandy,
    THANK YOU for ALL you do for OWH.
    You are the BEST!

  24. Love the banner with ribbon! And the kites are great and so colorful.

  25. Carol Lewis

    I love the way you stamped your own background paper. How cute! I am going to see if I have any stamps that will work to do that with. Thanks for the great idea!

  26. Adorable as always! Love that you made your own patterned paper. I can’t seem to find this set in my local stores, but I keep looking!

    • Cara, check the linkies at the bottom of my post – you can get the stamps direct from Hero Arts :)

  27. Love your card. That is such a cool ribbon idea!

  28. Paulette S

    Love how you used the kites for background paper. I think I could do this sketch. What a fun stamp set.

  29. Ronni Unger

    I just wanted to personally thank you for all that you did to coordinate this blog hop! I get your blog via email – and check out your wonderful cards everyday – I know I am learning more and more just by getting ideas from you. I really enjoy how you have spelled out just what you have done – and love how you put photos of all the products used on the bottom! Great work!

  30. Dixie

    I’m always amazed at how well you poke holes in paper. It’s a gift. Cute card!

    • ROFL….I did try to make a card that wasn’t over-tricked-out for the hop….glad you approve! You’re my standard-bearer for keepin’ it real. And mailable. :)

  31. Nancy Miner

    OH, LOVE that background and the ribbon technique!! TFS and for ALL you do, and for the candy too, of course!!

  32. I wasn’t able to participate in the hop this time, but got your email notice and had to stop by. So worth it! Love the kites and the sentiment is the main reason I really need to find that set! Thanks for your unending energy and enthusiasim. It’s contagious and inspiring (and a gift from above!). I can always count on you for a chuckle and a smile–Thank You, fearless leader!!!

    • You can always pick up those stamps at Hero Arts – linky at the bottom of my post :) Thanks Kathy!

  33. sharee

    I love what you did with this sketch! I also love the way you used the darling kites kites in your design.

  34. An absolutely gorgeous card!! Love it! No background paper????? That’s hard to do for a paper hoarder!!!


  35. Sandy… this is such a neat card. I love how you stamped and colored in all the kites.. genius! Great technique on the ribbon piece.. that ribbon is gorgeous.

    thanks for all that you do for OWH.. you Rock!!!

    blessings ~ Pam

  36. Mary, Wausau, WI

    Dooblie do. What a delightful phrase! I’m going to have to work that into a conversation at the office next week! 😀 Thanks for sharing your creativity, a chance to win a great Hero Arts set, and for your leadership in OWH. I’m new to the organization and have so far sent in only 22 cards to Kris – – but I’m working on my next box!!! 😉

  37. Theresa Dightman

    another inspiring card! I love how you used the kites to create the background!

  38. Bobbi

    Love all of the ideas, thanks fro all you do!

  39. What a GREAT idea using the kite stamp for a background! I usually hesitate to use stamped backgrounds because often not all the parts will turn out to be inked, but this is a perfect way to do it! Thanks for the idea (I have that stamp set), and I’m already seeing how it could work with suns or any other single stamp. Super, as always.

    And a special thanks for all you do for OWH. It’s wonderful to have such a great place to send my cards to troops! And I LOVE having this way to meet other card makers!

    • Ya know JoAnn, I was thinking as I read your comment – this would even be fun paper pieced! Not sure why your comment made my brain go there, maybe coz I was up til nearly 4…haha. Happy hopping!

  40. You’re always my first stop! Great stamping job, Sandy….will have to try that idea…thanks. I do have all the Hero Arts sets and love them, but no May Arts ribbon, so look forward to seeing what you come up with the rest of the week.

  41. Ardeth Taylor

    Great job, Sandy, I really enjoy the kites — feels like summer…I am so thankful for you and OWH. I have been slacking lately, the inspiration from this bloghop should boost me back to work…

  42. Sandy you are indeed the Ribbon Queen! Love this technique and it sounds so simple. Great idea to use the kite to create a background and great coloring. I used the house and fence from this set to make mom’s change of address cards. Thank You for all you do for our troops and for keeping us OWHers inspired!

  43. I love this so much! The ribbon work is outstanding! Can’t wait for next week to check this out :)

  44. Oh, that ribbon idea is fantastic! Making your own background paper is a very cool idea, it may seem like a simple card but so many little things really make it rise above simple to super!

  45. Velda

    I love the tip on using 2 ribbon, instead of trying to cut one ribbon evenly. Some of us are so scissor challenged!

  46. Kay

    What a great way to use up that ribbon I have hoarded…umm….i mean, collected… Love this hop for all the inspiration but you are so right about it being hard on the wallet!

  47. Mary Schreiber

    Wonderful card Sandy, Love the ribbon and the way you used it.

  48. jpscraps

    Awesome card!!

  49. Hi Sandy! Great card – those kites just gave me a big smile! The ribbon looks fabulous as the banner. I need to get this stamp set out and make some cards – that kite background is calling my name! Thanks for all of your hard work getting this hop together for us and for all you do to make OWH such a great organization.

  50. Lucy

    I knew you’d find a way to use your Copics. 😉 I already saw one card with this stamp set and bookmarked it, as I will this one. What a great way to make that banner using 2 pieces of ribbon. Why didn’t I think of that? Thanks for taking part in the hop and showing your ongoing support of our troops.

  51. I really like this card with all the kites. I really like this stamp. I had seen it on another card you had created and thought to myself then…I need to get that! Thanks for all you do! I so enjoy your videos and tips that you share!

  52. Paula S.

    Super creative use of this Hero Arts set Sandy. Fabulous coloring! I totally agree the the HA OWH sets are wonderful, and not just because they are fundraisers, they are really very versatile sets to have. This Memorial Day hop is truly one of the best events of the OWH year.

  53. Sandy, this is absolutely darling!

  54. Connie

    I thought you said you werent a very good stamper. Looks pretty good to me. Love all your ideas for the ribbon, too!

  55. Debbie Green

    Great card, love the use of ribbon, I will have to give it a try!

  56. Raeanna Smith

    Wow! I love how you stamped and colored the kites. Makes me want to pull out my copics and give them another try. Thanks for all you do!

  57. Marsha D

    Look at all those happy kites and what a great sentiment. LOVE the set you are offering as candy. Thanks Sandy for ALL you do for OWH and our troops. You are a HERO too.

  58. Diane

    “deceptively simple” is absolutely cute! All your stuff is always awesome!

  59. Sue D

    I like the kite background you made–great colors.

  60. Love the embellishments, it’s a keeper!

  61. Sandy, I love your ribbon technique, very clever! I also love the kites. I’m hoping I win this set as it’s sold out at two peas.

  62. Stephanie Allison

    Thank you for sharing and all that you do.My dad was a lifer in the Air Force and I remember how special it was to get one of those tissue paper type letters with the red and blue around the envelope.The service men and women as well as their families NEED this! Thank you

  63. Great card for the heroes. Huga

  64. Linda L

    Great use of ribbon…of course! Cannot wait to see the othe uses later this week. Great stamping and coloring…perfect with the sentiment! TFS!!!

  65. Sandy,

    Thanks so much for explaining the technique you used for the ribbon. I never would have thought to layer it with card stock.

    As always, your attention to detail — like the piercing and double matting — make for such a rich card!

  66. Cheryl.Anderegg

    I particularly like the ribbon technique, makes the ribbon much moe stable!

  67. Gina

    Love the card and the ribbon technique is great!!!!!

  68. The kites are beautifully done. Great idea on that ribbon!

  69. Your custom-made “patterned paper” is terrific – so bright and cheery! I never think to do stuff like that.

    I already own the stamp set you’re giving away as blog candy, but if I’m lucky enough to be your winner, maybe you have an extra Year Round Sentiments set lying around looking for a good home? Just sayin’… 😉

    Thanks so much for always pouring your heart into OWH. You are amazing.

  70. What a great message! Love your use of ribbon!

  71. Thank you Sandy for all you do! We loved being part of the Memorial Day Bloghop!

  72. Beautiful card Sandy! Love the ribbon – makes it look like and award medal! Thanks for all you do for OWH.

  73. Dena Cline

    I love your card Sandy… i watch OWHtv each week and love your inspiration. Thanks for all you do for OWH and the troops. You are an inspirtation to everyone around you.

  74. Thanks Sandy for a wonderful blog hop (Sandy and helpers, of course!) Your card is fabulous. I love the kite coloring, and I’ll definitely need to try the ribbon technique.

  75. Hi Sandy! This hop is amazing as always! Your imagination seems unlimited! I really like how you did the ribbon and I just got a paper piercer after noticing how much you use yours. Thank you for all you do for OWH and all the great inspiration on your blog. Have a great weekend!

  76. Sherry

    Your card is gorgeous as usual Sandy!!! I love what a great job you did with the paper piercing.

  77. Stacy Buller

    Sandy this card is terrific! I have that HA stamp set, but would have never thought to create a kite background…but it’s perfect! I have just started the hop, but the ideas have been terrific! Thanks for organizing this and all the work you do for OWH! So glad I found you all.

  78. Ann Merkins

    I’m not sure why you think you’re not a very good stamper, because I think this is fabulous! I love the bright coors and of course your great ribbon technique! Thaks for all you do!!

  79. Ann Merkins

    LOL, my l is sticking on my keyboard sometimes. I really meant colors and wasn’t thinking about beer in my last comment! :)

  80. Maria

    I love your background paper! I truly enjoyed participating my blog in this hop for the first time and look forward to joining in next year too! What Operation Write Home does is incredible!

  81. Great card Sandy. Love that stamp set and how you colored with the copics. Those are on my wish list, along with a lot of other stuff, lol. TFS and for hosting this great hop.

  82. Lynne

    What fun to learn a new technique. Will certainly try this with my ribbon. The kites are great.

  83. Heather C

    Awesome card! I love the technique with the ribbon!

  84. Cheryl L.

    Hi Sandy! Pretty kite card with “yummy ribbon”! :)
    Thanks for all your dedication to making OWH the best inspiration online for card making! :)

  85. I love this set! I have it already and really like it.

  86. Teena Schaefer

    Just joined this last week. I haven’t done anything so far but learn, and what a great time to do a blog hop. Learning more and more about this wonderful organization!!! Love the card. Teena

  87. mary

    Love this card! Cute kites and very colorful…good for a childs

  88. Diana Evensen

    You are a master colorer, and those kites are so bright and lovely! I also appreciate the ribbon technique. Thanks for all you do, Sandy. Your energy and committment are incredible.

  89. Bunnyfreak

    Love the look of the piercing.

  90. I love the pin holes around the sentiment! Great card!

  91. Sandy, I love your idea for stamping the background paper!! Nice to know May Arts ribbon does not fray (so frustrating with some of my current ribbon, grrr)! Congrats on this SUPER hop, a great way to celebrate Memorial Day and honor America’s heroes!

  92. Awesome job on your card…lovely colors and love the piercing. I have this set already…but thanks for the hop!

  93. Sandi F

    I love the kites and the ribbon! Thanks for the opportunity to win candy and come back for some tutorials!

  94. Lovely! Thanks for the giveaway!

  95. What another fabulous card! I also adore May Arts & Hero Arts, so I’m glad you showed another way to use both of their products! I don’t know how you find all of your energy to do all that you do, but I’m glad that our soldiers are the winners of your hard work. Thanks again for all that you do!!!

  96. Aundria B.

    Cute card, Sandy – love all of the colorful kites with this sentiment, and how you put this all together. Thank you for all of your hard work in putting this bloghop together, doing the live video feed (so fun!), and for all you do for our heroes and for us cardmakers. Blessings to you & your fur-babies!

  97. Karen Rice

    What an amazing card–I love it when only one simple small stamp is used to make an entire card! Love it!!! Thanks for a chance to win this awesome set!

  98. I love the background stamping! I will have to try that some time!! Wonderful card! New subscriber and I can’t wait to see your ribbon techniques! I soooo need help with that!!

  99. Marilyn

    Your card is really cute! I love the sentiment.

  100. Amanda Marks

    Great card I love the kites and the sentiment! TFS :)

  101. Great card! I love the sentiment :)

  102. linda patti

    such a bright crisp card, love your coloring!

  103. Thanks for all you do. Love this card – though I saw this sketch and thought… where will she get a ribbon on there!! LOL

  104. Sandy, you never cease to amaze me with your talents and seemingly unending energy. Thank you for all your do and thanks for giving me a reason to keep up my mass production of cards. Your organization has a very special place in my life.

  105. Hi Sandy!!
    I love your use of ribbon here, very clever idea!!! CUte kite background….Your card is fantastic as always!!! Thanks for everything you do for our troops, you ROCK!!! 😉

  106. Sandy L

    I adore that stamps set – and the card – it’s awesome!

  107. Love the OWH Hero Arts stamps! Great card.

  108. Julie S

    This is fabulous! I really like your kite background and that’s some mighty fine paper piercing. I don’t have the patience for it. :)

  109. Love the way you did the background. I might just have to CASE it.

  110. Sandy, neat idea for the ribbon… I WILL CASE. Thank you for all your work each and everyday!!

  111. SUPER tip on the ribbon banner! I love that! Wonderful card! Thank you for your amazing hops and inspiration for all of us! I appreciate your work on OWH!

  112. Glenda F

    Wonderful card as always. I join in with the other commenters and say THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO! Your inspiration is awesome! God bless you with strength and joy in all areas of your life.

  113. Beth L

    I love the way you used the ribbon. You have so many ideas for inspiration! Thank you for all your work on the blog hop. It was fun to be able to join in this year.

  114. Of course, ribbon & copics! LOL1 this is very nice Sandy. Love how you did the ribbon & thanks for the lessons. As always you impress. I do not yest have any OWH/HA Stamps, but one can hope.

    Hummer Hugs,
    hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

  115. I love the paper piercing detail and yes this hop has been a blast! Great job!

  116. Love your ribbon technique. Your whole card is fun and cheery.

  117. Diana Newman

    Love the ribbon technique! Great color combo!

  118. Rufus

    Love the background paper that you created with your kites. So happy and cheerful. Thanks for all that you do to support our Heroes. You are awesome.

  119. LOVE your DIY kite background paper. That stamp set is wonderful to use on our OWH cards. Thanks for all your support from 2007 through today.

  120. What a great card Sandy, you’ve taken something so simple and made it beautiful!

  121. Sandy, your creation is really cute. I love how you did the ribbon.

  122. Kathy T

    The paper, sentiment and ribbon used on this card all work together so well. I have to order one of these stamp sets. Thank you!

  123. Cindy McNeil

    Sandy I love how you made the background paper!! More coloring, yeah!! Love the way you used the ribbon too.

  124. What a great card! Love it! And the sentiments on that stamp set are just perfect!

  125. Jennifer Cuthbertson

    I love the ribbon treatment and those kites are adorable! Thank you for everything you do for our troops, Sandy!!

  126. This has been an incredibly inspirational hop! Love your kites and beautiful coloring. It still blows my mind that you are able to do all the things you do AND color up a storm…

  127. Allison G in TX

    Well, I was so busy this weekend, I never made it around the entire bloghop, but I *HAD* to make time to visit some of my faves! I love how you used this stamp to make your own custom patterned paper, and the ribbon technique is sheer genius. I hate cutting banners/pennants like that (I never get them straight) so this is a great alternative! I had a blast helping you and hanging with you on Skype – let’s do it again (but not too soon!). LOL

    Oh, and I must be the only person on the planet who still doesn’t have the Hero Arts stamp sets, so I’m hoping that I can win them from SOMEONE, ANYONE during this hop. Otherwise, I’m going to order them online myself!!

  128. Carolyn

    Great card! Awesome candy!

  129. Diane Clark-Sutton

    Love the kite background.

  130. Absolutely adorable, Sandy! Love how you created your own kite paper :) (Yes, I am still hopping!)

  131. I’m pathetically slow at getting around to your blog from the hop! I love how you colored the kits–this is such a great set! And your ribbon effect is especially cool! Your attention to detail is always outstanding! Thanks for sharing!

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