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Old 07-18-2009, 02:19 AM   #1  
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Do you prefer to use large background stamps that cover your entire card, or do you prefer smaller (and cheaper) stamps and then stamp it repeatedly to cover the background?

I'd like to have a large dot pattern background stamp, but not sure whether to get a large one, or just a smaller one and then stamp it a few times. I want the dots to line up though - so a large one would be better I'd say. Would save me using the positioner!!!

Just curious to know if you prefer to get large ones or use smaller ones.
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Old 07-18-2009, 02:53 AM   #2  
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Love the big backgrounds, myself.
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For dots, just get the big one. There is no way you will get them all lined up even with a positioner! The small ones are good for random patterns, and even then , I have to start in the upper left corner and work my way across the card, then do the next row, etc. If I try to stamp it randomly, I end up with a part that is either undone, or has too much on it!
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Old 07-18-2009, 06:22 AM   #4  
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I have the big dots background and the Polka Dot Basics from Papertrey Ink. This set is much more versatile than the large background stamp. PTI just released another set Polka Dot Basics II. Check out Nicole's blog for ideas on using this set.
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I love big background stamps! Random stamping to make backgrounds is fun but for things like polka dots where you want everything lined up, I'd say a single big stamp is the way to go.
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I love the big background stamps, too, and use a bunch from SU and CHF.

I also like to make backgrounds with random stamping of smaller images. I have had difficulty lining up the smaller backgrounds from PTI and the grid lines sets, too, but maybe I just need more practice!
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If you want the entire card front covered with the background design I definately vote for the large stamp. To me, it takes way too much time and effort to line up the repeats for smaller stamps.
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I love the large background stamps! I use the polka dot one from SU.
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I vote for the large one too, but to be honest since the Cuttlebug embossing folders came out, I've been neglecting my background stamps.
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I second Claudia's comment about switching to the embossing folders for most backgrounds.

When using stamps for backgrounds, the larger stamps are better for truly perfect alignment, but tricky to ink and stamp evenly. Using miscellaneous random stamps works better for me, but always with the risk, as Neeky11 said, of too much or too little coverage.
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I love those large BG stamps - prefer them to using DP for backgrounds - way easier (and much cheaper) - especially for polka dots.
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I don't want to work that hard for it so I prefer the large background stamps.
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Another big bg stamp fan here.
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I prefer smaller stamps that I stamp repeatedly. I only use the big background stamps when I have no smaller alternative.
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I prefer the bigger ones myself. There are some cheaper large background stamps out there. If you like the distressed look, this is a great one from Unity
http://www.unitystampco.com/stamps/4...istressed_Dots

I also have been using my embossing folders a lot more then the large stamps, but I like having options
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Love the large background stamps myself! Not gonna invest in the Cuttlebug or any other pieces of equipment that you have to buy extra things to use in it. I like the look, but I don't want more 'stuff' to store and dig through to make a card or scrapbook page (but I digress!). And with the large background stamp, you also have the option of just inking part of it!
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When using stamps for backgrounds, the larger stamps are better for truly perfect alignment, but tricky to ink and stamp evenly.
If you lay the stamp rubber-side-up then ink with a brayer and lay the paper on top of the stamp, you get a perfect impression every time! Just be sure to lay a sheet of scrap paper on top, so that when you rub the paper (hold it still with one hand while you rub with the other) you don't get any ink on your fingers!
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I've never been able to get a uniform look with repeating the small stamps, so I'm a fan of the big ones.
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Here's another vote for large background stamps- love them!
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I vote for the large one too, but to be honest since the Cuttlebug embossing folders came out, I've been neglecting my background stamps.
My thoughts exactly!
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For something that needs to be kept even, like polka dots, I'd go with the BG stamp. I like the smaller ones, too, when the pattern is more random.

Another CB BG folder user here, but my BG stamps, big and small, are patiently waiting for some love and attention. We all know I'll be back once my initial love affair has passed and we're all one big happy family. (Kind of like that new baby in the house, isn't it?!) LOL!
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I love my 2 background stamps. One of them I have drawn a grid on so that if I want I just ink up the piece I want and then lay the paper over it.
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