Kissing Technique

by Beate Johns

This basic technique adds texture to solid stamps.



  1. Step 1

    Ink a solid image stamp with the lightest color ink.

  2. Step 2

    Ink a background stamp with the darkest color ink.

  3. Step 3

    Press the solid stamp onto the background stamp.

  4. Step 4

    Stamp image on cardstock.

  5. Step 5 (Optional)

    If you have a two step image, stamp your outline image over your solid image.

    Instead of using an outline image around your kissed image, trace the outline of your solid stamp with a water-based marker BEFORE stamping it on your cardstock.

  6. Step 6

    Finish your card.



  1. Instead of using a background stamp, ink up a small stamp with dark ink and stamp it directly on your solid stamp.

Your Turn

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

this is really great !!
rebecca Garza  |  Sun Jun 22, 2008 at 7:54 PM
Thanks for the tips, will give them a try!
Cynde  |  Wed Jul 16, 2008 at 3:00 PM
Thanks for the reminder. Someone showed me this years ago, but I haven't used it in a long time. Can't wait to find projects to try it.
Deanna  |  Thu Jul 24, 2008 at 1:24 PM
Just did the word LOVE in pink and purple for valentines day. Its fabulous!!!
sue k.  |  Fri Jan 23, 2009 at 8:55 PM
I noticed your card base with scallopped edges all the way around - I've seen a few other cards here and there most recently with the same scalloped look all the way around. Is this a die cut card or already purchased that way? I have long scallopped rectangles from spellbinders but they aren't wide or long enough to be a regular A2 card size base. thanks for your reply.
Cheryl Powers  |  Tue May 1, 2012 at 8:27 PM
Great idea. Will try it today.
Thank you for the great tutorials.
Tammy V  |  Wed May 2, 2012 at 5:05 AM
The card base was created with a Grand Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities die. They are perfect for scalloped card bases. This one measures 4 1/2" x 5 5/8".

I cut a single piece of cardstock with that die for my card front. Next I cut a folded piece of cardstock with he same die as a card base. When you do that, make sure you don't cut the edge where the cardstock is folded, so the score line is still intact. Next adhere the single die cut over the card base to hide that score line.
Beate  |  Wed May 2, 2012 at 5:15 AM
What is that lattice layer on your card? I cannot view the video here at work, so sorry if you told what it is there. It is lovely, and I haven't seen it before.
Betty Rich  |  Wed May 2, 2012 at 8:17 AM
Betty, the die is one of my new favorites from Spellbinders. It is from the Lattice Motif die pack. You can currently only get it in the UK or directly from Spellbinders!
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Wed May 2, 2012 at 8:42 AM
What a neat idea! I can't wait to try it! Thanks!
Susie Draper  |  Thu May 3, 2012 at 12:54 AM
LOVE this technique! Can't WAIT to try it!
Sue Lelli  |  Thu May 3, 2012 at 5:19 AM

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