Layering Digital Stamps

by Lindsay Adreon

Overlap digital stamps to create a scene or background.


  • Photo editing software (Adobe Photoshop Elements Version 14 used here)
  • Digital stamp (Digistamps4Joy Rose Trio Digital Stamp used here)
  • Printer (Brother Laser HL L2320D used here)
  • White cardstock
  • Compatible coloring medium (Dick Blick Studio Brush Markers used here)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (Simon Says Stamp "Alot of Thanks" stamp set, Black dye ink, Moonshine Sequins, adhesive, Stampin' Up!® Daffodil Delight Cardstock used here)


  1. Step 1

    NOTE: Instructions are written for Photoshop Elements. The same general functions should exist in other programs.

    Open Photoshop Elements on your computer and make sure you are in the Photo Editor in Expert Mode. Click the File tab, hover over New, and then click Blank File. (You can also use the keyboard shortcut CTRL + N.)

    Using the Custom Setting make your project 4.25" x 5.5", the size of an A2 card front, with a white background.


    You can also name your project at this point, for an easier time saving later on.

  2. Step 2

    Find the digital stamp you want to use in your computer files on the left hand side.

    For layering digital images, a transparent background is needed. If you are using a PNG file that already has a transparent background, select it and move to Step 6. (Transparency may show in your files as a blue or checkered background.)

  3. To prepare a JPG file for layering, open the file in Photoshop Elements. On the right side of the screen, in the layers tab, click on the lock on the right hand side of the background layer to release the lock.

  4. Step 3

    Using the Magic Wand tool select the white background by clicking anywhere on the background. If you need to add to your selection, keep clicking until the entire background has been selected. Be sure to include any areas of open space, such as the donut's hole here.

  5. Right click anywhere on your selection and choose Layer Via Cut.

  6. Step 4

    Right click the new layer in the layer's tab on the right and select Delete Layer.

  7. You should be left with the image only and a clear or transparent background.

  8. Step 5

    To save the edited file as a PNG image, click the File tab, then Save As. Name your file so it is easily recognizable. Below the name is the Save As Type drop down menu. Select PNG.

  9. A new PNG options dialogue box will appear, click OK. You now have a PNG image that you can use for the Layering Digital Stamps technique.

  10. Step 6

    Click the File tab again, this time choosing Place to bring up a new dialogue box of your computer files.

  11. Drag and drop the image into a corner. You can resize your image by dragging the corners in and out. Rotate the image so it’s a bit smaller, allowing for more layers. Make sure any portion of the image you want hidden (in this case the rose's stems) is hanging off the panel. When you're happy with the placement, click the green arrow. Remember, you can play around with the placement, size, and order of your layers throughout the entire process of layering, so no need to make it perfect at this point.

  12. Step 7

    On the right hand side of your screen is the Layers panel. Right click on the digital stamp layer and click the Duplicate Layer option.

  13. Again, drag and drop this layer into position making sure to resize and rotate so it doesn't appear as the same exact stamp being used.


    Fill the corners first and then move to fill in the white space. When you're happy with the placement, size, etc. click the green arrow.

  14. Step 8

    Continue to duplicate layers, trying to make the digital stamp appear a bit different, whether in size or orientation, each time. You can also change the order of your layers by dragging and dropping in the Layers panel. (Move a layer down in the list to move it back on the image, or up to pull it forward.)

  15. Step 9

    When you're happy with your panel, right click the background layer and select Flatten Image. At this point you can save your panel by clicking the File tab and then Save As.

    Print your panel onto white cardstock.

  16. Step 10

    Trim the panel to your desired size. Choose a coloring medium and color the panel. The sample was taped to a hardboard for easier coloring and colored with alcohol markers.

  17. Step 11

    Add a sentiment and embellish as desired.

  18. Step 12

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Layering Digital Stamps. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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Oh goodness...your instructions are great, just not sure I can pull this off. Will give it a try someday. thanks
Beverly Parkison  |  Wed Nov 2, 2016 at 6:06 AM
Thanks so much for this tutorial, I've always wondered how to overlap/integrate digital images. Looking forward to trying this.
Cindy H.  |  Wed Nov 2, 2016 at 6:27 AM
GREAT instructions; unfortunately I don't use Photoshop but MAYBE I can figure it out with the freebie program I use.

Beautiful card!
Michele Greenwood  |  Wed Nov 2, 2016 at 8:25 AM
Excellent--and great combination of papers and pixels, terrific video. Thank you..
PRiss  |  Wed Nov 2, 2016 at 8:40 AM
Lindsay, Thank you so much for this great tutorial and reminding me how to make and use .png files in Adobe Photoshop. Your instructions are perfection at its finest. BTW .... I love your flower card and watching you color your flowers and adding shadows. Thanks again.
Betty Mell  |  Wed Nov 2, 2016 at 10:23 AM
Lindsay, This has to be one of the "best" computer tutorials I have read through yet, smile (and your card is gorgeous) thanks for taking the time to do this.
Stacy Sheldon  |  Wed Nov 2, 2016 at 11:21 AM
Thank you for sharing your expertise. Can't wait to try this.
Judy  |  Wed Nov 2, 2016 at 11:42 AM
I am thrilled that someone finally did a tutorial on how to use Adobe Photoshop Elements for cardmaking. I actually understand this one because you did it so simply. Thank you so very much.
Jean Chaney  |  Wed Nov 2, 2016 at 1:28 PM
Great tutorial. I don't have that program but will see if my program might work. I was able to change a jpeg to PNG so far.
muscrat  |  Wed Nov 2, 2016 at 6:52 PM
Great job---but you lost me 1 minute into this tutorial---I don't think my old computer has these "skills" to accomplish this task...and neither does the operator! WOW...beautiful card--
Susanne Gleason  |  Thu Nov 3, 2016 at 9:12 AM
Thank you for this quick tutorial! I'm starting a small collection of digi stamps and this will help incorporate them on one project.
Kathren Inocencio  |  Thu Nov 3, 2016 at 11:00 PM
Lyndsey thanks so much for a wonderfully clear tutorial on how you use digital images. Especially like the PNG conversion. I do have photoshop elements and this has spurred me on to try this!
Lyn  |  Fri Nov 4, 2016 at 3:44 AM
Thanks, Lindsay, for a great tutorial about layering digital stamps. I use GIMP and absolutely love digis and all the possibilities. It was good for you to show everyone how to make a .png file from any .jpg file too. Thanks for the time to do this! Hugs!
Cheryl Scrivens  |  Fri Nov 4, 2016 at 10:10 AM
Thank you for sharing Lindsay. Great online class! Hugs xx
Asmah Zainal Abidin  |  Mon Nov 7, 2016 at 3:35 PM

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