Collage Stamping

by Shelly Kuck

Learn to layer images and embellishments to create collage cards.


  • Stamps Here, from Rubbernecker

  • Inks

  • Cardstock

  • Embellishments

  • Sponges

  • Toothbrush

  • Heat Tools


  1. Step 1

    Start by inking detailed/non solid or bold lines stamps for the background using a lighter color.

    For a bi-colored look, rock 'n roll the stamp in darker ink before stamping the image on cardstock or tags.

  2. Step 2

    Using an old toothbrush, scrape along the edges of the tags or layer using dark ink to define and distress the edges.

  3. Step 3

    Ink a more solid image stamp in a complimentary color and stamp over the first images.

  4. Step 4

    Stamp focal images onto tags using darkest ink and emboss with embossing powder. Be sure to stamp and apply powder to images 1 at a time so the embossing powder will stick to the ink.

    After heat embossing main images, fill in empty spaces with additional small images with darkest ink, stamping some images off on scrap paper for added dimension.

  5. Step 5

    Sponge inks over the embossed images to give them some definition, highlight using metallic gel pens if desired.

  6. Step 6

    Assemble your collage work onto a card base and embellish as desired.



    -Stamp focal images over the lighter base images using darker ink and bolder stamps.
    -Stamp some focal images on parchment, Designer paper or use ephemera, tear edges closely to the image and layer on your collage.
    -Create dimension by stamping on Acetate or vellum with Stazon ink, cut out and layer over stamped images.
    -Use glossy cardstock and VersaMark ink to stamp the base images, sponge or brayer on color and then stamp focal images over the top in a darker ink.
    -Vintage images, flattened bottle caps, sewing notions, ticket stubs, clothing tags and even old jewelry pieces make excellent embellishments to add to your collage. Look around, check the junk drawer and just have fun!

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Collage 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.

Toothbrush - cool idea! I have plenty of old ones I've saved for cleaning, but I like this idea better! grin

Gorgeous collage work, Shelly! I am in awe of your beautiful artwork.
Holly  |  Thu Jul 17, 2008 at 5:19 AM
So THAT'S how you do it!!! grin Awesome tutorial, Shelly! I don't know if I could ever make a collage card as beautiful as you do, but I should stretch my horizons and try!
Charlene (LilLuvsStampin)  |  Thu Jul 17, 2008 at 6:59 AM
Awesome! Looking at your collages is virtual eyecandy for me and now I have a better idea of how to create it. Great tutorial.
Christine  |  Thu Jul 17, 2008 at 7:11 AM
Thanks for the tutorial, Shelly! You do collage better than anyone I know!
sleepyinseattle  |  Thu Jul 17, 2008 at 7:44 AM
LOVE your collage tips. I do lots of collage, but have never thought of the trio of tags. And, the toothbrush technique for edging is brilliant.
Maggi  |  Thu Jul 17, 2008 at 7:57 AM
This is wonderful!!
I am going to try this soon!
Juliana  |  Thu Jul 17, 2008 at 8:31 AM
Cool.....I never would have thought of layering so many stamped images this way! I have admired your artwork and am amazed at all the details you get into such a small I know your secret! Thanks for sharing your time, talent, and secret LOL- technique. Nice to see you here in the technique tutorials Shelly! I'll try this soon, and post the results hopefully if they are successful!
Paige (stampingPaige)  |  Thu Jul 17, 2008 at 8:52 AM
The toothbrush tip is GREAT! Thanks!
Tish  |  Thu Jul 17, 2008 at 8:57 AM
Great tutorial! Thanks for the inspiration!
Michele Klein  |  Thu Jul 17, 2008 at 9:02 AM
Totally wicked!!! Thanks for sharing this awesome tutorial with us; I've had some shipping tags in my stash for a while that I've been too intimidated to try anything with, and the method you've shared here sounds like a lot of fun to play around with them!
Melanie  |  Thu Jul 17, 2008 at 10:10 AM
Shelly -

Way to go!! And seriously - a toothbrush - WONDERFUL!!!!

Thanks for a great and easy to follow tutorial!!
Lydia Fiedler (lydiaf)  |  Thu Jul 17, 2008 at 10:28 AM
Awesome tutorial, Shelly! Love your tip for using old toothbrushes for inking the edges. Collages are tough to create and this really helps. Thanks so much!
Lee-Anne  |  Thu Jul 17, 2008 at 11:34 AM
Thank you so much! As a new stamper, I am grateful, inspired and can't wait to try this weeks technique. You are amazing!!
Vaitiare  |  Thu Jul 17, 2008 at 1:08 PM
Shelly, Think this is great and am now going through my Stampin up stamps to try out the technique.

Thanks again
Pauline (stampede1)  |  Thu Jul 17, 2008 at 2:01 PM
Loved this tutorial. I have always been interested in collage stamping. Looking forward to more on collage stamping.
jinx  |  Thu Jul 17, 2008 at 2:35 PM
I've always been afraid to try collage, but you have broken it down into such easy to follow steps, I'm going to give it a try. Thanks so much.
Joyce  |  Thu Jul 17, 2008 at 2:58 PM
OMG gorgeous, you make it look so easy. Thanks Shelly
Diane617  |  Thu Jul 17, 2008 at 3:03 PM
Shelly, this is a super wonderful tutorial! Thank you for taking the time to make it.
Michelle Zindorf  |  Thu Jul 17, 2008 at 3:18 PM
Shelly this is a wonderful tutorial. I have always wondered exactly how you do what you do. Thank you so much for explaining it.
Debid  |  Thu Jul 17, 2008 at 3:44 PM
Shelly!!! This is Fab! Congrats on being a new tutorial instructor! YEAHHH YOU!!!
Silvia Mabie  |  Thu Jul 17, 2008 at 4:01 PM

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