Here are some basic stamping techniques beyond simple stamping!

basic stamping techniques with sponge daubers used to add color on stamped images

Sponge Daubers – Sponge daubers are an inexpensive way to add a bit of accent color to your images or background. In this card, Daffodil Delight ink was used to add color to the flowers & sentiment banner and Shaded Spruce was used to add color to the leaves.

Masking – When you want to have background or stamped images not overlap, you can mask off where you want to color/ink. In the pictured card, areas were masked of with Post-it labelling tape and blending brushed were used in the masked off areas, then moved to cover the already colored area to color the next section. You would do the same thing with a stamped image; stamp image on card AND on the tape (or Stampin’ Up’s masking paper) & fussy cut out the one on the tap and place over the image on the card. Now you may stamp or color over it and your image is protected.

splendid day stamp set used over multiple masked colors with blending brushes
two-tone flora stamp set using 2 different shades of blue for the flowers

Two-step stamping – Some of Stampin’ Up’s stamp sets have two-step stamping, there is more than one stamp for your image. These sets are typically polymer so that you can see through them to get the placements of your next stamp in the correct place. Many of the flower stamps are two-step so that you can use 2 different colors & detail in one image.

Stamp & Color in w/ markers – Stampin’ Up has many sets with images to color in. The Jar of Flowers set has been around for a while because there are 4 different flowers bunches to color. You begin by stamping your image in Memento so that your colors don’t bleed with the stamped image. You may use the Stampin’ Write markers or Stampin’ Blend markers to color in your image. This opens up your creativity to use the colors of your choice!

stamped jar of flowers with flowers colored in with markers
cards embellished with ribbon and rhinestones

Ribbon & Embellishments – Almost all the cards I make have some sort of embellishment on them. Stampin’ Up has a variety of ribbons & various kinds of embellishments to turn your card into a masterpiece.

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