3D Stamping

by Lynn Mercurio

Create a 3D look by overstamping your solid image with a slightly darker ink.


  • Stamps

  • Cardstock (Creamy Caramel was used here.)

  • White Pigment Ink (or other bright white ink)

  • Stamp-a-ma-jig (or other stamp positioner)

  • Dye Ink to match cardstock used


  1. Step 1

    Stamp your image using white pigment ink onto colored cardstock.

  2. Step 2

    Let the craft ink dry, or heat set.

  3. Step 3

    Line your positioning sheet up with the corner of your Stamp-a-ma-jig (SAMJ).

    Ink the image you just used with dye ink.

    Line it up with your SAMJ and stamp image on your positioning sheet.

  4. Step 4

    Place the positioning sheet over the white stamped image, slightly off-center from the white image.

  5. Place the SAMJ along the imaging sheet.

  6. Step 5

    Remove positioning sheet.

    Line stamp up with the SAMJ and stamp image over the white image with dye ink.

  7. Step 6

    Your stamped image should give the illusion of being embossed.

  8. Step 7

    Finish your project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for 3D Stamping. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

wow that is reallycool now i can try that with birthday card's is next for me then valentine card's great idea love the color smile)
Roberta  |  Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 10:04 AM
Thanks for the great tutorial!
Mary Ann (mastamper)  |  Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 10:06 AM
Great tutorial, Lynn! You did a great job for your first one - hope to see more creative information from you in the future!
garkarlon  |  Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 10:37 AM
A very clear and beautiful tutorial. Thanks Lynn!
sleepyinseattle  |  Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 11:50 AM
Great tutorial! Love the finished product! This would work great with acrylic stamps since you can see exactly where to stamp versus using the SAMJ!

Happy Stamping!
Jessica  |  Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 12:24 PM
What a beautiful card...off to try this now!!
sta1975  |  Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 12:26 PM
Your card is beautiful; I really love the addition of the bow.
I have been trying to find the large snowflake stamp used in the 3-D Stamping Tutorial by Lynn from Missouri. Can you tell me the company who makes it, and the name/number of the stamp? It's my favorite snowflake; I used to have one and it got lost while I was at a stamping workshop last year.
Pam  |  Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 12:56 PM
VERY cool effect!
jen  |  Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 1:10 PM
Wow! That is a beautiful card. I can't wait to try this technique.
Vivian  |  Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 1:44 PM
I too would like to know whose stamp was used in the 3-D stamping tutorial.

Judy  |  Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 1:46 PM
The stamp that Lynn is using is the large snowflake form a Stampin up set that is retired now. The name of the set is just on the tip of my tongue... here I will stick my tongue out.... can anyone read it??? smile
Diane Cooper  |  Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 2:16 PM
who is the stamp made by ?
Diane Crosby  |  Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 2:26 PM
After going to her web site I see she mentioned the stamp set and that it was retired in 2001 I believe. too bad it's retired, I think there would be a lot sold if they reissued it.
Judy  |  Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 2:35 PM
It's my favorite snowflake set by SU. Retired last year. Here is the gallery link:
Beth  |  Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 2:44 PM
That looks amazing! I'm really impressed by that technique and so easy to read! Great job!
Sandra  |  Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 2:48 PM
Wow Lynn! I really loved doing this as a challenge the other day and congrats on making the tute for SCS! Way to go! It's wonderful! smile
Bev aka BevMom  |  Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 3:45 PM
Lynn, this is fabulous! Your card is so gorgeous! A wonderful technique, can't wait to try.
Jerri Kay  |  Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 4:16 PM
This is really pretty. Very clear and easy to follow instructions too. Thanks.
Niki  |  Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 4:25 PM
Gorgeous Lynn!!!
Dawn Easton  |  Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 7:57 PM
what is a SAMj ? and how does one use it? Thanks
Parish Nurse  |  Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 8:38 PM

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