Upscaled Scrapbook Paper

by Kelly Rose

Transform decorative paper using stamps and coloring tools.


  • Patterned scrapbooking paper
  • Rubber stamps
  • Inks, markers, alcohol ink markers in coordinating colors
  • Stencils (Stampin’ Up!® decorative masks used here)
  • Watercolor pencils
  • Blender pen
  • Blending brush
  • Sponge dauber
  • White gesso
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Quality white art eraser
  • Other supplies as needed to complete your cards or projects: card stock, die cuts, ribbon, gems, greeting stamps, adhesive


  1. Step 1

    Stamp on it!
    Use multiple colors with similar undertones to randomly stamp a background and create a whole new look.

  2. Step 2

    Use monochromatic stamping on similarly colored paper to create texture and depth. For this card I stamped a circle on the paper first so I had a guide for stamping the wreath.

  3. Step 3

    Use a ruler to create equally spaced pencil lines. In the video example starting at 1/8” from the edge, marks were made every 1”. Stamp on the lines to create stripes in same color or multiple coordinating colors. Use a quality eraser to erase the lines after stamping.

  4. Step 4

    Color it!
    Use watercolor pencils to add lots or just a little color to an open design, then blend with a blender pen. (To recreate this background use Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Calypso Coral and Crushed Curry pencils.) Add marker splatters for more depth.

  5. Step 5

    Use water based markers to color in portions of the paper. Coloring in the background really changes the look of the paper. In this example, color was also added with ink and a sponge dauber.

  6. Step 6

    Use alcohol ink markers to color in open design. Color in the background area as well. Add layering and blending as desired.

  7. Step 7

    Use alcohol ink markers to scribble swaths of color. This can:
    --knock back a busy design and make it more usable as a card background
    --add color to neutral background papers
    --creating more depth and to enhance the focal point

  8. Step 8

    Stencil it!

    Use a decorative mask and a sponge dauber to add gesso in the center of the paper, or use a blender blush to add a coordinating color to the paper.

  9. Step 9

    Ink it!

    Add ink directly to paper by tilting slightly and dragging the ink pad across the paper. Add as much or as little as desired.

  10. Step 10

    Use your decorated papers to complete cards or other projects!

    Please find these finished cards and their product details in the gallery.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Upscaled Scrapbook Paper. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Great group of like minded craft people. Love the weekly posts with some exciting techniques and tips.
archery ann  |  Wed Jul 13, 2022 at 3:43 AM
Thank you for so much inspiration.
mistys mum  |  Wed Jul 13, 2022 at 4:10 AM
I love the weekly post and the many ideas I find there.
bc6290  |  Wed Jul 13, 2022 at 5:31 AM
I enjoy the posts and the tutorials and look forward to them each week. I have gotten lots of ideas for cards on this site.
NinaBeth  |  Wed Jul 13, 2022 at 6:19 AM
I’ve been a member several years, and I always find this to be wonderful resource.
Kristy Tyra  |  Wed Jul 13, 2022 at 6:45 AM
Brilliant! I have so much DSP and never even gave this a thought! I especially love the stencils on dsp. I always have those extra pages that have solid colors and just don't know how to use them. This is a great tutorial!
muscrat  |  Wed Jul 13, 2022 at 7:12 AM
Love this technique! Anxious to try this with my plethora of DSP!
Ellen Wright  |  Wed Jul 13, 2022 at 8:33 AM
Ellen, that means a lot! wink
dina  |  Wed Jul 13, 2022 at 10:17 AM
Thanks everyone! So glad you found it helpful and inspiring!
kellysrose  |  Wed Jul 13, 2022 at 4:08 PM
Great tutorial. Took me out of my little box. Very inspiring.
happyscraps  |  Wed Jul 13, 2022 at 5:20 PM

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