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.

Great to see you doing this week's tutorial Shelly! Your cards are ALWAYS beautiful!!!
Kathy Rosecrans  |  Wed Jul 16, 2008 at 12:13 PM
Sorry. this is one technique I think I'll skip.
Pam  |  Wed Jul 16, 2008 at 12:14 PM
I never thought of using a toothbrush for the ink distressing!!!! Your tutorial is wonderful and really illustrates the importance of stamping images light to dark! Thank you!
Tiffany Johnson  |  Wed Jul 16, 2008 at 12:14 PM
How fun to finally see the master at work! Great job on the tutorial, Shelly.
Miss Iowa 81  |  Wed Jul 16, 2008 at 12:47 PM
Great tutorial and like the idea very much - thanks for sharing it with us.
Caterina  |  Wed Jul 16, 2008 at 12:51 PM
Thank you for sharing! I am always looking for new creative ideas. Love the look, can't wait to try!
Maribeth Richey  |  Wed Jul 16, 2008 at 12:54 PM
Shelly, thanks for sharing your collage technique! I've always admired your collage cards. This is one technique I have had a hard time with because I didn't know where to begin. You have explained it in a way that makes sense to me!
Laurie Wilson  |  Wed Jul 16, 2008 at 1:07 PM
I love the look of your collage cards. It's something I've struggled with, but I think your tutorial will help me create.
azleite  |  Wed Jul 16, 2008 at 1:15 PM
Beautiful, Shelly! Great step-by-step! The lovely thing I always feel about using a toothbrush as a tool is that on mornings when you're made at dh, you can just use his toothbrush and enjoy your own secret revenge....

Beautiful project!
MSBetsyZ  |  Wed Jul 16, 2008 at 1:16 PM
Just lovely Shelly! Thanks for the tute!! smile
BevMom  |  Wed Jul 16, 2008 at 1:42 PM
Thank you so much for teaching us collage stamping. I have wanted to try this for a long, long time but had no idea how.
MelodyGal  |  Wed Jul 16, 2008 at 1:54 PM
I was wondering how in the world you could teach collage and here it is laid out perfectly!!! Thank you so much! I must go try this!
muffincards  |  Wed Jul 16, 2008 at 1:58 PM
This is a great explanation of collage stamping! I've never seen it laid out so well. Thanks!
Jessica  |  Wed Jul 16, 2008 at 2:42 PM
Very well done, Shelly... easy to follow and such an awesome result. Wonder who's toothbrush i can use smile
Holly  |  Wed Jul 16, 2008 at 4:12 PM
Thanks so very much Shelly. This is a tute I asked for and have been hanging out for. You are a wonder! Valda
Valda Kirwan  |  Wed Jul 16, 2008 at 5:51 PM
This was such a great step-by-step. I can't wait to try it. TFS!
ScrappyKathy  |  Wed Jul 16, 2008 at 5:51 PM
Great Tutorial!! It's a tough technique but fun. Thanks for the inspiration Shelly.
Stampinak  |  Wed Jul 16, 2008 at 7:00 PM
Super tutorial! I love the vintage style and this comes just perfect for some male cards, I have to make! Thank you so much!!!!
Nessie  |  Wed Jul 16, 2008 at 9:41 PM
Thanks for the great tutorial! I am not a collage or vintage type stamper, but have always wanted to expand my horizons. I couldn't figure out how to get the collage look without making a mess, but I think I can try now with your great instructions.
Mary Ann (mastamper)  |  Wed Jul 16, 2008 at 9:56 PM
Shelly - Awesome! Thanks for sharing! I'm not a collage or vintage type crafter, but it won't hurt me to expand my horizons. You have created the perfect tutorial for me to utilize in my attempt at collage stamping.

Now to find some stamps in my stash I can create a collage with....hmmm....
Melissa (mollymoo951)  |  Thu Jul 17, 2008 at 5:07 AM

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