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.

Fantastic Shelly...I've never done this before but I'll definitely give it a go now!
Dawn Easton  |  Mon Jul 21, 2008 at 5:47 AM
I have always love this type of Art you are good keep up the good work and please do more especially since Christmas is coming up
Earline  |  Mon Jul 21, 2008 at 12:30 PM
Great tutorial! I collage all the time and got several pointers from your directions. I can't wait to make another card with these ideas in mind; thanks!
Beth2kids  |  Mon Jul 21, 2008 at 4:28 PM
Love your step by step explanation. I love collage, but my attempts have neer turned out quite like the samples. Now I think I might have a chance!
Beth  |  Tue Jul 22, 2008 at 4:23 AM
Absolutely beautiful!!! You make it look easy!
Krystie Lee Hersch  |  Tue Jul 22, 2008 at 5:49 AM
Shelly, I love your work -- the hardest part though is choosing the stamps and the order -- do you have any helpful hints on those questions? I LOVE this technique/style and am thrilled to see this tutorial! Thanks so much!
Mary G  |  Wed Jul 23, 2008 at 10:06 AM
This is absolutely gorgeous!!!
elisa  |  Wed Jul 23, 2008 at 7:22 PM
It would have taken me years to figure this out by myself! Love the toothbrush tip, as well as the suggestions of whose toothbrush to use! LOL!
RC  |  Mon Jul 28, 2008 at 7:09 PM
Oh WOW!!
This looks like fun! Thanks for the tut!
ZacksNana  |  Sat Oct 18, 2008 at 9:32 AM
Now I have another reason to save my old toothbrushes which I put through the dishwasher and save for crafts. thanks!
Emilie Boyd  |  Sun Dec 28, 2008 at 10:54 AM
This is a great explanation of a wonderful technique. I love the look of collage cards but never really knew how to achieve it. This will be very helpful.
Linda  |  Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 9:59 AM
I can't get the video to open. It says that "this is a private video.... and that I must get the sender's friend request. OK How do I do that.
Dawn  |  Wed Dec 9, 2009 at 9:08 AM
Too cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Zara  |  Wed Jul 7, 2010 at 8:53 PM
WOW thanks a bunch. Cool tecnique.
Linda Sørensen  |  Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 6:38 PM
I'm just renewing my acquaintance with stamping after many years. I love the collage effect..and have fallen in love with the fairy stamp used in one of the demos. I realize that demo was recorded in 2009 and I'm wondering how I go about finding out if someone somewhere has one they are willing to part with. Fairies are a weakness of mine!
Deb Furber  |  Wed Sep 3, 2014 at 8:18 PM

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