4-in-1 Collage Background

by Kelly Rose

Save time by turning a full sheet collage into four card backgrounds.


  • Cardstock (Stampin’ Up!® Whisper White used here)
  • Stamps – focal and accent designs (SU Poinsettia Petals and Very Versailles stamps sets used here)
  • Inks (SU Balmy Blue, Real Red, Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz and Sahara Sand used here)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (SU products used here: Poinsettia dies, cardstock for embellishments and layering, Gold Glitter Enamel Dots, Scalloped Lace Trim)


  1. Step 1

    Begin by using a larger image (floral here) to stamp vertically and horizontally down the center of an 8 1/2" x 11” piece of quality stamping paper.

  2. Step 2

    Add a contrasting color of a coordinating or complimentary stamped image in the same cross pattern.

  3. Step 3

    Use a texture stamp (script stamp used here) to fill in open areas all over the paper.

    Use a neutral or light color that complements your focal color. There is no need to get a solid impression, and you can stamp multiple times without re-inking because you’re just trying to add texture and dimension to the background.

  4. Step 4

    Stamp again with another large image like a vine or flourish. Stamp in the same light color. Use a stamp that has a completely different texture, and again, no need to re-ink before each stamp. The variation of color adds to the texture you’re building up.

  5. Step 5

    Use a stencil to fill in some of the white spaces left on the background paper. Use a sponge or a brush to lightly apply ink through the mask.

  6. Do not completely cover the paper, and just use random portions of the stencil. Use the same or similar color as the textured stamping done in the previous step.

  7. Step 6

    When you are happy with your background paper, cut it into four panels at 3 7/8” x 5 1/8” and add to a contrasting cardstock layer cut to 4” x 5 1/4”.

    Use the layering cardstock to cut any embellishments from as it will be mostly hidden under the stamped panel.

  8. Step 7

    Adhere the stamped panel to the contrasting layer. Embellish the card front as desired. Adhere to card base. Repeat for the remaining panels.

  9. Step 8

    Complete the project.

    Stamp the inside of the card and the envelope with the same stamps used in the background paper.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for 4-in-1 Collage Background. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

I can’t wait to see what everyone creates! Enjoy and have fun!
kellysrose  |  Fri Nov 6, 2020 at 7:48 AM
Gorgeous cards! Thanks for the tutorial.
sleepyinseattle  |  Fri Nov 6, 2020 at 10:10 AM
Thank you! Can’t wait to see what you make!
kellysrose  |  Fri Nov 6, 2020 at 11:00 AM
Wow, your custom collage paper is stunning!
suen  |  Sun Nov 8, 2020 at 10:02 AM
Kelly Rose, I absolutely love your card and really enjoyed seeing you design the full sheet for four cards! Stunning and such a great idea!! Thanks for the step-outs and the wonderful video!! Hugs and blessings!
CherylQuilts  |  Sat Nov 14, 2020 at 1:24 PM
Thank you so much, cherylquilts! You are very kind.
kellysrose  |  Sat Nov 14, 2020 at 1:43 PM
Kelly Rose!!!! What a beautiful card. Just finished making mine and so enjoyed the process. Thank you for the GREAT idea and tutorial.
MolenaLea  |  Wed Nov 18, 2020 at 7:18 PM
Thank you. This is gorgeous!!
tmmarx  |  Wed Dec 16, 2020 at 9:35 AM
Your cards are beautiful! I absolutely love your background. Thank you for this wonderful tutorial!
FranneB  |  Wed Dec 16, 2020 at 9:58 AM
Love this! Can’t wait to try it & share with some stamping buddies! Thanks Kelly Rose!
23Kis  |  Wed Dec 16, 2020 at 10:06 AM
I agree, beautiful card. Wow, the patience you have to stamp that many times. :0)
Bever  |  Wed Dec 16, 2020 at 12:09 PM
I love this gorgeous background, Happy Holidays!
jheyer  |  Wed Dec 16, 2020 at 12:44 PM
I am usually a lurker and very rarely watch the videos when they first come out. But this card is so beautiful, I was immediately drawn to that beautiful background and had to cone watch this video.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful work!
nr22  |  Wed Dec 16, 2020 at 5:05 PM
Great idea that I will use for 2021. Thanks!
prpldy  |  Mon Dec 28, 2020 at 8:59 AM
I absolutely LOVE this! I think I may finally be able to stamp a collage background I'm happy with! Thanks so much for sharing!
uncbballfan  |  Thu Jan 7, 2021 at 6:25 AM

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