Saturday Tips – Make Your Own DSP

How many times have you been working on a scrapbook page or card and felt that something was missing?  Maybe some nice Designer Series Paper, but you didn’t have any on hand that were just right for the colors or theme?  I’ve found myself in this situation many times, and I began to create my own DSP with stamp sets and colors that coordinated perfectly.

Just to give you an idea of how simple it is, I’ve made three examples.  The first one is tone on tone, and is done by using VersaMark, which is basically a clear ink that is most typically used to adhere embossing powders, because it dries a little more slowly that normal classic ink pads. 

 I realize that it’s hard to see in the photo, but it is very subtle and very pretty.  For this particular piece, I used Bashful Blue cardstock, VersaMark and Elements of Style stamp set. 

In this next example, I’ve used the same cardstock, Bashful Blue, the same stamp set, Elements of Style, but this time I’ve made it a little more striking by using Marina Mist ink. 

See what a dramatic difference using color on color makes?  It’s still toned down, but much more obvious than the first example.  I prefer the VersaMark when doing the monochromatic effect, but sometimes you need a little extra something, and that is when you would want to use color on color, either monochromatic or contrasting.

In this last example, I’ve used colors and images to create a DSP to perfectly coordinate with my project. 


Don’t you agree that it looks like a purchased DSP?  In this example, I used Very Vanilla cardstock, a small leaf stamp from Autumn Days stamp set and Crumb Cake, More Mustard and Cajun Craze ink. 

By making your own DSP, you can make only what you need for your project, like in my examples, or you can create a whole sheet if you know you’ll be needing more for another project.  Any stamp set works.  As you can see from the different examples, a large, busy stamp works well for a filler, or a small stamp works well for a color coordinated DSP.  The possibilities are endless.

Here are some finished projects where I used my own ‘DSP’…

For this project, both the larger background and the smaller panel were made with the Elements of Style stamp set:

In this sample, I used the tree from Thoughts and Prayers to create my background ‘DSP’.  I stamped twice before re-inking to give it a darker and lighter shades:

This is a good example of having your main focus carried over to the background.  I used the same stamp from Inspired by Nature as the main panel, but for the background I used VersaMark for a very soft but coordinating effect:

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