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Need a little bit of help with STAMPING?

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Stamping Techniques to Keep Up Your Crafty Sleeves!


I know many of you OWN STAMPS and for some reason, are a little intimidated by using them. Well, Close to My Heart just posted this on their Make It From Your Heart blog.  This is the PERFECT “let me show you how” to use stamps.  Plus, you’ll learn some of the basic stamping techniques we use the most!  So, please dust off those stamps and blocks and try your hand it these easy ways:

September is National Stamping Month, and if you know just one thing about Close To My Heart, it is that we absolutely love all things stamps!  And when we have coordinating thin cuts … OH LA LA! Even better!  But no matter what, we’ve got you covered, so let’s show you what you can do!

Stamping Techniques Close To My Heart

As we continue our stamping celebration, we compiled 10 techniques to add to your stamping arsenal and have at the ready for your next crafting session!

This first one is technically not a technique, but we will put it on the list to have for comparison with the next one.) You get a first-generation image when you ink your stamp and stamp it on your project. (In the video below, it is referred to as “solid stamping.”)

A second-generation stamped image is achieved by inking your stamp, stamping it on a scratch piece of paper, and then, without re-inking, stamping your image on your project. The result is a lighter version of a “first-generation” image, because you are using the “second-generation” of ink that’s leftover on the stamp.

Use this technique to create patterned papers from our stamps and solid colored cardstock. You could take a “random” approach to this, but to insure a more visually balanced and pleasing pattern, take the random right out of the equation by using visual triangles.

Follow along with Close To My Heart President Monica Wihongi, below, as she illustrates all three of these first techniques, including how to create the visual triangles for not-so-random stamping.

This technique is an oldie but a goodie! Ink your stamp in one color, then gently roll the edges, and only the edges, in another color to stamp a multicolored image! (You can also combine this technique with the second-generation technique if you want to use the same color, just in different opacities!)

Achieving an ombré effect, where you gradually blend one color into another, is a lot easier than you might think! Simply ink the top half of the stamp in one color and the bottom half in another color, overlapping the two colors in the middle. Then, you’re all set to stamp onto your project!


Create a shadow by stamping a second-generation version of the original image just slightly offset from the original.


Base and shade stamping is used to create realistic dimensions through color. There are specific stamp sets designed for this technique, where you stamp the base in a lighter color and then add the details, or the “shade,” with a darker color.


This technique sounds a little funny, but don’t let the name fool you! If you have a stamp that is symmetrical, or just close enough, mount the stamp on your block backwards, with the smooth side up. Ink the back of the stamp and use it to create a base before flipping the stamp over to the side with the details that you will stamp on top.


Place a scratch piece of paper, or a sticky note, as a mask over your project to cover the area that you don’t want stamped. Stamp your image on the project and mask, and then remove the mask.



The tone-on-tone technique is exactly what it sounds like. Use a darker tone of a color, or color family, to stamp onto your project. All of our exclusive colors can be found in Exclusive Inks™ stamp pads and our two-toned cardstock, allowing you to enjoy a full spectrum of color-coordinated products whenever creativity strikes!


For this technique you will need two stamps, one to act as the base image and the other to create an effect on the base image. First, ink the base stamp. Then, with both stamps mounted on blocks, press the two stamps together. The second stamp will not have ink on it and will remove some of the ink from the first stamp in its shape. After your stamps kiss, stamp your prepared base stamp on paper. Use this method to add textures and all kids of shapes or designs to your stamping! (Another way to use this method is to ink both stamps in two different colors and then have them kiss.)



This technique is great to use when you are coloring your stamped images with watercolor paints. You can easily achieve a “no-line” look by stamping your image in a light ink, like Linen. Then, use the soft color as a guide as you add the watercolor with your brush. The inked parts of the image will show up as a darker version of the paint color you are using. Move the paint around, and color in the other parts of the design, as well, and easily create beautiful watercolor images!


I hope you thoroughly enjoyed all of these techniques to help you with your stamping!  Always …

  • Season your stamps first!  Rub along your skin to break them in.  Then ink up and stamp on scrap paper to break it in!
  • Always have scrap paper and TEST your stamped image FIRST before you go to your project.
  • Clean your stamps after you use them and before you put them away.  I enjoy using our stamp shammy for this job.
  • I personally love our Versamat for stamping on the microfiber side.  It really makes a difference!  The spongy side helps give you your best imprint.
  • Storage is perfect because our stamps come in these clear sleeves.  Plus if it has a coordinating thin cut, it fits inside the sleeve too!  You’ll love how organized you can be and us some of our organizational boxes to keep your stamps at your hands or on the shelf.

Happy Stamping!  Enjoy checking out my WEBSITE HERE on this LINK.

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