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.

Very nice work Shelly. I've always been intimidated by collage and you've explained it very well. I think I'll definitely try this technique.
Darth Debby  |  Thu Jul 17, 2008 at 4:09 PM
Another great tutorial! I always liked doing collage stamping, but I'm ready now to create some with new styles.
GarnetJ  |  Thu Jul 17, 2008 at 4:12 PM
Congrats, Shelly. You sure have taken a chunk of intimidation out of this technique with such an awesome tutorial. Nice to see you here.
Michele (mitchygitchygoomy)  |  Thu Jul 17, 2008 at 5:43 PM
Thanks for a great tutorial. I've tried my hand at this but you break it down step by step and make it easy so I'm going to try again.
Suz Gray  |  Thu Jul 17, 2008 at 5:49 PM
Hey Shelly congrats on your new assignment as the new tutorial writer!! Hmmm... finally I get to see your dh's toothbrush at work!:)

Look forward to more of the Master's Secrets!
debzi333  |  Thu Jul 17, 2008 at 6:02 PM
I've always liked this look, but didn't know where to start. Thanks for this tutorial! I'll have to give it a try when I've got the time to sit down and play for an extended while!
Lisa Trombitas  |  Thu Jul 17, 2008 at 6:33 PM
Now I know what to do with all those tags I bought!!! Thanks for a great tutorial!! This can be done so quickly!!
Shorti  |  Thu Jul 17, 2008 at 6:42 PM
You have explained this perfectly. After admiring those that do it well, I now feel that I could succeed! Thanks for the very clear directions.
Julie  |  Thu Jul 17, 2008 at 8:00 PM
Excellent tutorial - I've always wanted to know how to go about creating a collage, now I know!
Lori Prince  |  Fri Jul 18, 2008 at 2:03 AM
Great tutorial. I definitely want to give this a try. Your instructions make it a 'do-able' project. Thanks so much.
Betty M (bettystamps)  |  Fri Jul 18, 2008 at 3:22 AM
This is a great tutorial. I am a plain and simple stamper. I admire this kind of work but often said - it makes my head hurt b/c I cant think that way. Like a previous poster said, your tutorial made sense. thanks for sharing it.
Barbara  |  Fri Jul 18, 2008 at 4:13 AM
great job shelly. i am willing to bet we are going to see lots more of this technique in the gallery now that it has been explained in such detail. again..... great job.
donna b  |  Fri Jul 18, 2008 at 12:21 PM
Thank you for your great tutorial. It was easy
to follow for something I thought seemed hard to do. I have hard copied the page and plan
to give it a try soon. Good job, Shelly
NormaJ  |  Fri Jul 18, 2008 at 4:23 PM
I see i am not the only person who likes Tim Holtz just love his art work.
Gloria C.Harvey  |  Fri Jul 18, 2008 at 8:25 PM
I love this tutorial! I like the earthy feel and how its a definite departure from all the cutesy cards i see nowadays. I adore cute, but I love edgy! I would love to see more tutorials from you and more in this style. Kudos!
Corris  |  Sat Jul 19, 2008 at 3:30 AM
Shelly, how awesome to see you doing this tutorial!!! I've always admired your gallery, and I'll definitely be giving this a shot!! TSM!
Darla Ryan  |  Sat Jul 19, 2008 at 3:54 AM
Shelley, I cannot thank you enough for this inspiration! I have had a tag on hand for months & this spurred me to make a nautical themed "collage" card for my sailing friends. Your tuorial was so clear and well-written to be of great help.

I am next to computer-illiterate so the thought of uploading a card is beyond me, but I think the card is a success! Thank you.
hobbydujour  |  Sat Jul 19, 2008 at 7:15 AM
WOW SHEL!!! GREAT tut! Thank you so much for all of the wonderful things you teach us and for your valuable time! LOVE this collage tech...uh oh, I feel another Rubbernecker order coming on! wink
Lisa Foster  |  Sun Jul 20, 2008 at 4:42 AM
Shelly...your collage cards are soooo fabulous!! But I've always been so intimidated! Thank you for a great tutorial.....I think I may be brave enough to try!! I LOVE the toothbrush tip!!! Thank you!!!
LuvLee  |  Sun Jul 20, 2008 at 2:12 PM
THANKS!!! I now totally understand this techinque. I was able to follow along step by step and created a great card for my dad's birthday. Thank you for taking the time to lay it out like this. I couldn't have done it without you.
robin (daisyg)  |  Sun Jul 20, 2008 at 3:19 PM

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