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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Seasonal Trees Blog Hop

Welcome to the Seasonal Trees Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the November Seasonal Trees stamp41842558_10155931687592686_1154225456677912576_n set.   If you have come here from Haley Dyer’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas using the Seasonal Trees stamp set. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

In my state, the weather changes constantly.  We can have a foot of snow at 7am, sunshine by noon, and a thunderstorm by dinnertime. We don’t have true seasons here, like most of the nation, just a ever guessing meteorologist who hopes she got it right today.  I am happy to report, that even in a state of ever changing seasons, our Seasonal Tree stamp set will be put to good use. Each tree trunk, leaf, pine needle, palm frond, and icon can be used for any season in your neck of the woods.


This week, I am starting to use up some of our Grateful Heart products and decided to create some Thank You cards for a few wonderful customers.  That simple “Thank You” tag comes from the PML cut-apart page and it works perfectly for creating cards like this one.


I decided to keep the card pretty simple. I wanted that delightful fall tree to be noticed on the card. If you look closely, it looks like there are three shades of leaves of the tree. I achieved this look by first adding the leaves with a second-generation stamping of Goldrush, then a stamping of Saffron, followed by a second-generation stamping of Saffron again; rotating the leaf stamp each time.

I embellished the card with a a few borders created from our Decorative Borders Thin Cuts, added some Gold Sequins, and a single Complement Sticker to complete the card.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Lauren Moore’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crating tips and other fun ideas. Remember, the Seasonal Trees stamp set is only available until November 30th! Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.  I can’t wait to see what you create!


Seasonal Expressions 2 Blog Hop

Welcome to the Seasonal Expressions 2 Blog Hop,where we will be featuring products from our amazing Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog . 31919520_10155617744822686_2034753619907051520_n If you haven’t had a chance to view this catalog, you can do so online or receive one free when you place an online order in May.  If you have come here from Krista Hershberger’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished here, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

For this Blog Hop, I was able to do three things I love: Join a blog hop full of talented ladies, create some cards for my wonderful downline, and join in a Color My Heart Dare challenge.  I just love the Sapphire, Smoothie, and Heather combination in our Beautiful Friendship collection. I have been seeing this color combination everywhere lately.  How awesome is it that Close to My Heart is “in the know” when it comes to seasonal color combinations?!


And those tea cups….oh, my gosh!  I have fallen in love with the Beautiful Friendship Cardmaking set.  I just love those little flowers that you can add to the Cup and Teapot, not to mention that adorable little Teabag.

Here are a few techniques I used on this card:

  • The Sapphire background was created using one of the PML cards from the Beautiful Friendship Paper Packet.  I always end of with a few of these leftover and they make great backgrounds for cards.
  • The “Create” sentiment is from another one of my favorite stamp sets – We Are Makers.  I just love all these crafty sentiments that can be used on cards, scrapbook pages, or in a frame with Cricut® flowers.
  • The “Steam” was stamped with Heather Ink using the second-generation stamping technique. This prevented it from competing with the sentiment, yet still gave another layer of depth to the card.
  • The “Teacup” was stamped in Black Ink, then I added the Flower design with Smoothie ink.  I wanted to add a little blue, but I was too lazy to color the flowers, so I added some dots with a ShinHan™ Twin Touch™ Marine Blue Marker.
  • Both the Teabag and the Teacup were cut-out using our matching Thin Cuts. You can purchase the Beautiful Friendship Cardmaking stamp set as a bundle with these Thin Cuts dies.
  • For another layer of texture, I stitched the “Banners” along the right side of the card using a Ruler and Piercing & Embossing Tool.

Just in case you wanted to re-create this card, I have included a complete list of the supplies I used at the very bottom of this post. You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from almost twenty other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using our products from the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Alayne Fleming’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas! If you would like a free Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog, contact your CTMH Consultant, or send me a message on my website. I can’t wait to see what you create!


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Beautiful Friendship Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts

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Beautiful Friendship Paper Packet

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12 x 12 Sapphire Cardstock

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We Are the Makers Stamp Set

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White Twine

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Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

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Black Memento Ink Pad

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Heather Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

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My Acrylix® Block Starter Kit

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ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Marine Blue Marker

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White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack

product imagePiercing & Embossing Tool Kit

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Thin 3D Foam Tape

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen

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3D Foam Dots

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Adhesive Runner

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SureCut™ Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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Non-Stick MicroTip Scissors