Shadow Stamping

by Lindsay Adreon

Create a dimensional effect with two colored inks and a tiny shift with your stamp or cardstock.


  • Cardstock

  • Two colors of dye ink - one light, one dark

  • Stamps - clear/acrylic/photopolymer stamps work best

  • Stamp positioner (optional, MISTI used here)

  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project


  1. Step 1

    Beginning with the darker ink color, ink up a clear stamp and stamp onto the cardstock. You can stamp as many or as few times as you would like.

  2. Step 2

    Clean the stamp well and ink it up with a lighter dye ink.

  3. Looking straight down through the clear stamp, line it up with a previously stamped darker image and shift it slightly in any direction (for the sample, the shadow was shifted up and to the left). Stamp it down.

  4. Step 3

    Continue to add the shadows by repeating the steps above on each previously stamped darker image. Be sure to shift in the same direction each time.

  5. Step 4

    If using a stamp positioner, align and stamp the first image(s) with the darker ink as usual.

  6. Step 5

    For the shadowed impression, move the cardstock opposite of where you want your shadow to appear. For example, if you want the shadow to be up and to the left, move the cardstock that distance down and to the right.

    Ink the stamp with the lighter ink and stamp down.

  7. TIP:
    If you don’t have a lighter ink that matches, use the same darker ink – just stamp it off first onto another paper before creating the shadow.

  8. Step 6

    Use the stamped panels to complete cards or other projects.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Shadow Stamping. 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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Thank you for the wonderful video. I have work to do now.
Claudette Woodgate  |  Wed Mar 22, 2017 at 5:01 AM
Thank you--how effective and pretty.
Pssequimages  |  Wed Mar 22, 2017 at 8:25 AM
Hey! Love the shadow technique and the 'blessed' stamp. I would love to know where to find the stamp. Thanks.
Mickie Galajda  |  Wed Mar 22, 2017 at 9:18 AM
Thanks for sharing this technique.
Janet Streeter  |  Wed Mar 22, 2017 at 9:51 AM
Mickie Galajda you can find the Blessed stamp set at the Inspired by Stamping Shop! Here's the link:
Lindsay A  |  Wed Mar 22, 2017 at 10:39 AM
I loved that shadow stamping technique. It looks so rich. I want to tell you that I just used my Hampton Art stamp perfect for the first time and wondered why it had taken me so long. What a great tool. I used it after trying to stamp the same flower image four times and not getting it dark enough and then the light bulb went off and tried that. First try! Thanks for teaching us that technique.
Patricia Wilson  |  Wed Mar 22, 2017 at 3:08 PM
These are all beautiful cards and I will definitely give them a try. Thanks for sharing.

Linda D.
Linda Duensing  |  Thu Mar 23, 2017 at 11:59 AM
Thanks Lindsay,
I really thought this technique was so effective and the second generation stamping (stamping off) really helps if you don't have that lighter colour available.
Will give this a go, TFS.
Dayse  |  Fri Apr 7, 2017 at 2:55 AM
This is a great technique that I'd completely forgotten about. Will definitely use it soon. Thank you for the great job. Cheers.
Friday Witzel  |  Mon Apr 10, 2017 at 8:53 AM

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