Stamping Techniques for Cards

Today’s project features a few simple stamping techniques for cards, that every crafter should know! This card is made with the Winter Woods and Dashing Deer Stamp Sets from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.

The version you see here is really just simple stamping with, a bit of a watercolor wash, shadow stamping and I’ve used first and second inking as well. These are some of the most basic stamping techniques for cards. Do you know all these techniques already? Maybe you know them but weren’t aware of what they were called?

The truth is that while this card looks super simple I made about five different versions of it.

On the first version, I stamped the deciduous background trees in Crumb Cake with second inking and I applied glitter on the “ground” and on the evergreen tree to make it look like there was snow in those spots. I decided it looked kind of messy so played some more to find a version I liked better. I’ve only included photos of one version in this post but I’ve shown a few additional versions in my video tutorial.

My video tutorial also includes some bloopers, to show things that did not work so well, so you can learn from my mistakes.

Here’s the version that was my favorite:

Today's project features a winter scene with a few simple stamping techniques for cards, including first and second inking and basic watercoloring.

For the card shown in this post, I used Shimmery White cardstock, instead of plain Whisper White. By using this cardstock I was able to add a bit of subtle sparkle, without having to mess with glitter.

Also, by using the Shimmery White cardstock I was able to create a watercolor wash for the “ground” using my Aqua Painter and Smoky Slate re-inker. It’s difficult to do a watercolor wash on Whisper White cardstock but Shimmery White can handle a bit more water.


  • I created my watercolor wash after the trees and deer were stamped.
  • When doing a watercolor wash you always want to wet your paper first so the ink moves on the paper.
  • Use your Aqua Painter to apply a little water in the areas where you intend to do your watercolor wash.
  • These are waterbased inks so, as you can see, my Aqua Painter touched the evergreen tree just a bit, causing some of the Mossy Meadow ink to bleed. I actually like the effect but it’s just something to keep in mind if you don’t.

Can you see a bit of the shimmer in the photo below? The light is catching the shimmery surface in the lower left-hand corner. It’s subtle but very pretty!

Today's project features a winter scene with a few simple stamping techniques for cards, including first and second inking and basic watercoloring.

Watch the video tutorial below and you’ll learn exactly how I created the version of my card in this post.

Plus, you’ll see ways to use first and second inking in different combinations, to produce some variations in the end result. I love that I can use simple stamping techniques for cards, like this one, to get creative with my cards!

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Project Dimensions:

  • Card Body in Early Espresso: 5-1/2 x 8-1/2
  • Mossy Meadow Layer: 3-“ x 5-
  • Shimmery White Focal Piece: 3-⅝″ x 4-⅞″
  • Whisper White Inside Piece: 3-“ x 5-

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