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.

Share, this is an illusion technique- it gives the illusion of embossing, without having to use powders and a heat gun. The Creamy Caramel image sits behind the white image, and gives it a shadow, and it appears to be popping off the page. Very arty looking, and easy! All you are doing is basically stamping one image, then stamping another just ever so slightly off the first. It's the second stamping that creates the shadow. Try it!
Karen  |  Sat Nov 29, 2008 at 7:27 AM
Beautiful effect! I can't wait to try it! I wonder if you would get the same effect if you used VersaMark ink instead of the colored dye ink?
Melanie  |  Sat Nov 29, 2008 at 10:37 AM
Beautiful card... for those looking for this stamp I know Close to My Heart has a very similar one in their Frosted flakes collection
Tracy  |  Sun Nov 30, 2008 at 6:28 PM
Awesome tutorial, Lynn! I will have to try this out! smile TFS! smile
Jennifer Buck  |  Mon Dec 1, 2008 at 3:47 PM
What is the positioning sheet? Is this a separate thing to buy? I never used it.

Denise  |  Thu Dec 11, 2008 at 9:43 AM
Has anyone tried it with Versamark over the white?
Krystal  |  Fri Mar 13, 2009 at 1:00 PM
For some reason, I am unable to view the 3D stamping gallery. It says I don't have permission....
Greywolf  |  Wed Oct 28, 2009 at 6:36 PM
Great tutorial lynn. I liked your blog also. 2 thumbs up!
EJR  |  Thu Nov 5, 2009 at 10:57 PM
Thanks...an intriguing idea!
Roz Willoughby  |  Thu Nov 12, 2009 at 10:23 PM
Love this idea and will be trying it.
Patricia Gessner  |  Wed Apr 7, 2010 at 6:52 AM
I have used a similar technique: I stamped the image once, colored with Sofft brand chalk then used the stamp positioner to stamp again in the same color of ink. It sharpens the image. Kay McKinnis
Kay McKinnis  |  Wed Apr 7, 2010 at 8:51 PM
Mine looks blurry on the computer but it is not blurry at all in real life.
Thanks for showing us thie technique!
ZacksNana  |  Wed Apr 14, 2010 at 4:40 PM
Great idea. Will try it.
Sandy  |  Fri May 7, 2010 at 12:37 PM
I didn't realize how different and beautiful adding the clear embossing powder would be, thanks so much for showing us, I'm excited now to go and get some of it!
Louella  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 11:59 PM
Beautiful....good tutorial.
Joanne  |  Sat Sep 4, 2010 at 6:59 PM
Beautiful stamp technique. Is the clear stamp
base sold in the catalog? If not, where can I find one?
Anne  |  Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 10:14 PM
Just beautiful! Thank you so much for the time you spent in sharing...
Elizabeth  |  Tue Jan 25, 2011 at 5:21 PM
I'm new to stamping and card making. This looks so easy, that i want to give it a go.
Enchancing Beauty  |  Fri Mar 25, 2011 at 4:40 PM
This is awesome, I need to try it smile
Giselle  |  Thu Jul 7, 2011 at 5:02 PM
The sliding easel card I would love to make that card but I didn't understand you explanations. Would you please give me the email address of the person you mention in your tutorial . Thank you
Madeleine  |  Mon Aug 22, 2011 at 9:34 AM

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