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Simple Cardmaking Stamping Techniques

Regardless of your experience as a card maker, there’s always something new to learn from stamping tutorials. In this video tutorial, I will demonstrate four distinct stamping techniques, and take you through the steps to create your own unique background patterns for your cards.

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These card designs were created using components from the Not2Shabby May Box of the month. A few weeks ago, I showcased a fun-fold card using the strawberry collection. Today, I’m excited to share the other half of the kit with a splash of lemon squeezy.

If you want to design unique cards, the key is to start with personalized background images. You can achieve this by using some simple stamping techniques that allow you to craft a one-of-a-kind patterns.

On this first card, I created the lemon slice pattern with two basic stamping methods. The solid layer was made by reverse stamping the image. After flipping over the stamp, I used the second-generation stamping method to create a soft solid pattern.

To create a second generation image, apply ink to the stamp and then remove some of the ink on a scrap piece of paper. Stamp the image onto the cardstock using the remaining ink.

Most of the images on these cards are randomly stamped onto the background pieces. If your stamped images don’t appear random, try rotating the stamp and fitting the images together to create a triangular pattern as you stamp.

On this second card, I used white pigment ink to create a random pattern on Kraft paper. This creates a lovely chalk-like finish.

When using pigment ink, it is important to be cautious as it takes longer to dry and can easily smear while stamping. The the ink does not absorb into the paper like dye-based ink. Rather, it dries on the surface of the paper.

This results in a slightly longer drying time but the colors will be more vibrant. On Kraft paper, pigment ink tends to dry quickly and create a soft vintage-like look.

If you want a more delicate look to your cards, try clear embossing ink and powder. This is a versatile design that can be left as is, or finished with colorful paints and inks.

Stamping an image with embossing ink is a process that should be done in stages. While the drying time for embossing ink is typically longer, the duration can vary depending on the paper used.

To ensure that the embossing powder adheres to the ink before it dries, it’s best to stamp a few images, add some powder, and repeat. This process not only guarantees that the powder will stick, but it also allows for better visibility of the images as you add more to the design.

At this stage, you have the option to add ink or paint to the background for a pop of color. The embossing powder will resist the medium and create a beautiful white design. However, for this particular project, I want to keep things simple and allow the raised images to speak for themselves.

To watch all four of these stamping techniques in action, I have a brief instructional video that you can enjoy.

All three of these card designs were created with a random stamped background pattern.  Each technique is very simple and creates a striking design for your card making projects.  By using these four simple stamping techniques, you can create beautiful card designs with ease.

If you have any questions about this project or the supplies listed above, feel free to the leave me a comment.

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