Let's move on to my background- this was the easiest part for me. I love creating backgrounds and stamping away as much as I can. I was going to use PaperArtsy Hot Pick stamp (HP 2103)
True to myself I decided to stamp away until the bottom of my page was well filled with images and it looked quite busy (and grungy). I added small stamped images throughout the page to make a sort of link and coherence all around. The stamping may look l bit chaotic to you, but it's done on purpose. I wanted to create a "mess" with some blueprints and script stamps. I started with a smaller and more intricate images, then added darker, more prominent stamping to create visually more "layers". Another great thing to do is to stamp an image and then stamp again a little bit off of the first one and without re-inking the stamp- the second image will be less crisp. You can create this way a sort of deepness to the whole page. You can also use on the side a bit of scrap paper to remove access ink from your stamp. This messy background has also a huge advantage- small stamping mistakes are not really visible here. And even though I am crazy about stamping, it's important to me to leave a lot of negative (blank) space on my page. In my opinion that gives a lot of contrast and makes the whole project looks better.