Back to the Basics of Stamping

Recently, I asked my VIP Group a question regarding things they always wanted to learn and I was surprised how many of their responses involved some basic stamping techniques.  So today, I have decided to upload one of my class videos “Stamping 101” and show you a few basic stamping techniques. 

This video was originally created for my VIP Group, but I have decided to share it with all of you to help you learn a few new tricks and remind you a few you may have forgotten. In the video I show you six basic stamping techniques. 

  1. Solid Stamping
  2. Second Generation Stamping
  3. Random Stamping
  4. Rock & Roll Stamping
  5. Masking of Stamps
  6. Ombre Stamping

The video itself will walk you through you all six of these stamping techniques.  If you continue reading, I will go into a little more detail and show examples of the Second Generation, Ombre, and Rock & Roll techniques.

Second Generation Stamping

Generational stamping is a simple stamping technique where you don’t re-ink your stamp before stamping the image or sentiment again which leaves you with a slightly faded image that is otherwise identical to the first one.

On the floral card, I stamped some of the splatters using the second generation technique. This allowed them to be slightly softer in color than the others. The card on the right was created by CTMH and shows you an example of three generations of stamping. 

Ombre Stamping

With this technique you gradually blend one color, or color hue, into another.  First, ink the top two thirds of the stamp using the lighter color of the two being blended. Starting at the bottom, add the second, darker, color. As you get to where the two colors will overlap, use less pressure with the ink pad to apply less ink and achieve that blended look you’re going for.

The hibiscus card sentiment was stamped using a combination of Candy Apple and Raspberry ink to create a subtle ombre effect. On the CTMH card on the right, the ombre effect is more predominant with two colors.  

Rock & Roll Stamping

As much as I enjoy listening to music while I create, this technique is more about the way you rock and roll your stamps.  First, will thoroughly ink your stamp in the color of your choice then gently roll the edges of your stamp in your secondary color. 

On each of these projects, I used the rock and roll technique. The flower shows a very slight variation of color with Ruby & Candy Apple while the leaf on the right is a very vibrant color change. I used Nectarine and Paprika to create that effect. 

I hope that today’s tutorial inspired you to try something new and inspired you to revisit a few stamping techniques you may have forgotten about.   

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Happy 4th! at Color My Heart Dare

We are celebrating Independence Day at the Color My Heart Color Dare blog and are asking you to join us. For this challenge, we have an inspiration photo for you that is sure to bring out your patriotic spirit.  You don’t need to have a blog to participate, just a willingness to create something using the photo as inspiration and the ability to post it on the Color My Heart Color Dare blog.ColorDare350

This week, I wanted to try something new because I feel like I have fallen into a bit of a rut lately.  Whenever this happens, I organize my supplies and thumb through my idea books. I happened across a new technique I have not tried yet – random image stamping – and I decided to give it a try. This is the result. MissCarriesCreations-July4thGrillinCardSM.jpg

Let me warn you. This technique is neither for the impatient nor for woman who has been up until midnight for the past two weeks. It takes a little bit of prep and planning, but the result is well worth it.  I started the process by choosing small images from the Grillin’ & Chillin and the Share the Joy stamp sets and laid out my pattern onto a 5″ x 6″ Block.

This took a little bit of time and patience, but the pre-planning was well worth it when it came time to start stamping the images. As you can see, I did make a few changes once I started stamping, but this gave me a starting point. After stamping each of the images using Candy Apple, Carolina, Bluebird, and Sapphire Inks, I trimmed off a small strip to place at the base of the card.

I then used the Grillin’ & Chillin’ stamp set to create a checked border and added a little white lace below. It reminds me of the Mom & Pop BBQ Joints we go to.To create the sentiment, I heat embossed the Happy 4th image onto some vellum and “attempted” to stitch it to a layer of cardstock shapes using Silver Embellishing Thread. (Note to self: Vellum does not like being stitched.) 

So what do you think? Not bad for my first try at random image stamping. It does take a little longer to complete than the average card would, but the results are worth the effort.


I hope that this card has inspired to you share your creation on the Color My Heart Color Dare blog and give random image stamping a try. Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend, my friend, making memories with those you love.

 I can’t wait to see what you create!