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

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What a beautiful technique. It looks like a real snowflake. thanks and Happy thanksgiving!
Karen in Virginia  |  Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 9:13 PM
Oh, Lynn!! That is SO beautiful!! What a gorgeous technique!!! TFS!!!! smile
Kimberly  |  Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 9:30 PM
Bravo, precioso trabajo. Felicidades
Monika  |  Thu Nov 27, 2008 at 12:54 AM
Oh this looks fun to do ..
Fran  |  Thu Nov 27, 2008 at 2:44 AM
Beautiful card
Tammy  |  Thu Nov 27, 2008 at 3:52 AM
love this card and i still have this set.
but 'm really not sure what you mean when you say dye ink is that versa mark?
robin  |  Thu Nov 27, 2008 at 5:06 AM
Hi Robin,
Looks like Lynn used SU Classic ink, which is a dye ink, in Creamy Caramel, to match her cardstock.
HTH- isn't this a beautiful (and easy) technique?
Karen  |  Thu Nov 27, 2008 at 6:00 AM
What a great technique and a beautiful card Lynn!!
Julie Masse  |  Thu Nov 27, 2008 at 6:18 AM
Great job on the tut, Lynn! Very easy to follow and duplicate...you're a natural teacher, lol!
MSBetsyZ  |  Thu Nov 27, 2008 at 11:41 AM
That is so pretty and the stamp is a beautiful snowflake that I would like to bad its retired.Great first tutorial
Teri Tapay  |  Thu Nov 27, 2008 at 5:04 PM
The stamp set was simply called "Snowflakes" set of 6 #9584-00 $21.95....It is a beautiful set.........I wish now I would have kept it after viewing this wonderful tutorial and card!!!
Jackie Howard  |  Thu Nov 27, 2008 at 7:48 PM
where can I find sentiments for birthdays, holidays, etc.?
patricia  |  Thu Nov 27, 2008 at 9:30 PM
I found this stamp on ebay today . . .I think I searched for "Stampin Up snowflake stamp" I got the entire set for about $20.
Deb  |  Fri Nov 28, 2008 at 12:13 AM
This is really fun! Thanks for the good instructions.
Jeri  |  Fri Nov 28, 2008 at 6:00 AM
I am totally lost on this. What is a posititioning sheet and an imaging sheet? Isn't this the same look as in embossing? I am dense and missing something here! HELP! Can someone send me a sample so I can actually see to understand and I will send back some stamped images,or ribbon or brads, something in exchange?
Share  |  Fri Nov 28, 2008 at 6:42 AM
That is sooo coooool!!!
Melissa  |  Fri Nov 28, 2008 at 10:57 AM
JEANNINE GLEASON  |  Fri Nov 28, 2008 at 12:04 PM
I feel kinda dumb here...I really just don't get it. When the 2nd image is stamped, is it stamped with ink? If the Creamy Caramel ink is used, doesn't that show on top of the white ink? I seems like you'd stamp the white over the colored ink. I can't see the picture clearly enough on my monitor to figure it out, and I can't enlarge it. The only part of this I understood was the SAMJ, which I use frequently.
RC  |  Fri Nov 28, 2008 at 2:45 PM
Jeannine - the positioning sheet is a square piece of clear plastic that you stamp an image on, lined up with the T-shaped stamp-a-ma-jig tool. Then you place the plastic sheet over the paper where you want your stamped image to go, and line up your SAMJ. Hold the SAMJ in place, remove the positioning sheet, and line up your stamp with the SAMJ to stamp the image in the correct spot. Clear as mud? LOL
RC  |  Fri Nov 28, 2008 at 2:50 PM
Fantastic card and great tutorial Lynn!!! You are the bestest!!
Sankari W.  |  Fri Nov 28, 2008 at 7:17 PM

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