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Coffee Cup Stain Technique

Today I’m so excited to share a fun background technique with you! My desk is a graveyard of coffee and water cups. By happy accident I noticed a cup ring on a sheet of cardstock. I thought that it would be so cute to use this on a card background with our Perfect Blend Stamp Set!!

2015-01-05 perfect blend

This technique is simple and fun! The best part is that the look is intended to be messy . . . so you really can’t make a mistake.

You’ll need rubbing alcohol, a coffee cup, a paper plate, Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Ink Refill, an Aqua Painter, the Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad, and a Stamping Sponge. 

2015-01-05 supplies

I stamped a background image on my cardstock using Crumb Cake ink. In this sample I used the Dictionary Background Stamp. 

2015-01-05 frattin instructions

This technique really is the “perfect blend” for this card! Take a closer look.

2015-01-05 perfect blend CU (1)

2015-01-05 perfect blend CU (2)

2015-01-05 perfect blend CU (3)

After creating this card, I wanted to make a couple more samples using the same technique. I loved the look and had so much fun creating that I got carried away! Here are four more cards for you to see.

2015-01-05 greatest husband

2015-01-05 greatest husband CU

2015-01-05 best day ever

2015-01-05 best day ever CU

2015-01-05 good thoughts

2015-01-05 good thoughts CU

2015-01-05 butterfly

2015-01-05 butterfly CU

I hope I’ve inspired you to find the creative in everything . . . even that little coffee cup stain! Thank you for reading—and have a creative day!

Krista Frattin
2014–2015 Artisan Design Team 

Perfect Blend Stamp Set (item # 131392)

Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Ink Refill (item #115663)

Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad (item # 126975)

Aqua Painter (item # 103954)

Stamping Sponges (item # 101610)

Dictionary Background Stamp (item # 130351)


  • Tanya

    Oct 16

    Omg krista I love it, you rock!

  • Debbie

    Oct 16

    Very cute!

  • Becky Cowley

    Oct 16

    LOVE all of your cute cards made with this fun technique! I would never have thought to use it for other cards that don't include a coffee theme! Genius!

  • Sue Heron

    Oct 16

    Really cute accident.

  • Dianne M.

    Oct 16

    This is way cool, Now I know just what to do with my cardstock that I ruined with my morning cup of joe...genius.

  • Jen Timko

    Oct 16

    This is wonderful, Krista! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Linda B

    Oct 16

    neat idea Krista !

  • Tess Gleason

    Oct 16

    You are so crafty, this is very neat!

  • Jennifer

    Oct 16

    This is fantastic! I can't wait to try it out. :D