Stamping background stamp with a mini MISTI

Chapter: Projects   Series: Bookmarks & Cards

The mini MISTI, the only size I own isn’t meant to house a 6″ background stamp on the inside but I really wanted to be able to repeat stamp with a large background stamp with precision, particularly on the following card.

In fact a few cards ago, I trimmed off part of an other background stamp to make it fit inside the mini but I do want to avoid doing that. In preparation for this project, I figured out a way to make the mini work for me.

Stamping a large background stamp with a mini MISTI in reverse order.

The fact that the side along the door hinges is taller than 6″ makes it possible to work around it. So what you do is to place the background stamp beside the mini (with its swing door shut), tug beneath the hinges. If your stamp comes with a piece of acetate, leave the acetate on the stamp and slip the acetate under the mini — it provides more stability. Run a little bit of removable tape adhesive behind your cardstock and adhere onto the front of the door, those etched grid lines come in handy for this purpose. Next, flip open the door to see if you have the desired alignment. Then close the door, ink up the stamp, and open the door to stamp. Repeat as required! The mini might lift ever so slightly but it will not cause any harm.

Part of the sentiment stamp was actually ripped off, likely due to my heavy handling during cleaning (I tend to “scrub”) after using it on previous projects. So the letters “s” and “t” were damaged but I stamp with it anyway with VersaMark embossing ink then white heat-embossed. The good thing was I could touch up the missing strokes with a Molotow acrylic white marker.


  1. Align background stamp next to a closed mini by tugging it beneath the door hinges. The door of the mini should be closed.
  2. Align and adhere cardstock with temporary adhesive onto the front of the door.
  3. Ink up the background image. I used 2 different pigment inks. Stamp background image onto the cardstock by flipping the door open.
  4. Heat set with clear embossing powder. It makes sense to do so because the pigment inks will take forever to dry.
  5. Die cut with the decorative die onto plain and black cardstock. White heat emboss the greeting onto the black die cut inner oval piece. I coloured the outer frame on plain cardstock with a Brushables brown marker.
  6. Adhere the oval die cut onto the panel (which I had trimmed down a little), followed by the frame after stringing black thread. Secure thread ends behind card panel with tape.
  7. Adhere panel onto 4″ x 6″ card base.

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