Shoji Screen Stamping

by Sharon Field

Invoke the look of Asian screens by stamping on waffle paper.


  • Grid Paper or clean scrap paper to protect your work surface
  • Basic Black Classic ink pad (Well Inked) or other black dye ink
  • Gold waffle paper
  • Sticky sheet or Sizzix Adhesive Sheet
  • White cardstock
  • Rubber stamps (Stampin' Up!'s Dream Gardens used here) NOTE: solid image stamps work best!
  • Bone folder
  • Paper trimmer or scissors
  • Sponge
  • Heat tool (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Protect your work surface with several layers of paper. Unroll the waffle paper, and smooth/flatten enough that you can cut it evenly.

  2. Step 2

    Use your paper trimmer or scissors to cut a piece of Gold Waffle Paper slightly larger than the whisper white cardstock, and smooth with fingers to remove most (but not all) of the wrinkles.

    Examine both sides of the waffle paper to determine shiny/dull side.

  3. Step 3

    Place the waffle paper dull side UP on your protected work surface. Choose the image you would like to appear in the background, ink with Basic Black Classic Ink. Check to ensure the entire image is covered with ink, and then stamp onto the dull side of the gold waffle paper.

  4. Step 4

    Turn waffle paper over with the shiny surface facing you. Your stamped image should be visible through the waffle paper.

  5. Step 5

    Apply Basic Black Classic Ink to your secondary image. Check to ensure even coverage of ink on the image surface. Keeping mind that you will be trimming some of the excess or overage from the gold waffle paper, stamp the perimeter of the gold waffle paper, and/or slightly off the prior stamped image. Set aside to dry.

    If you are doing perimeter stamping, you may want to turn the image back over to the other side and use the same stamp to ink along the perimeter to provide more depth.

  6. Step 6

    Cut a piece of Sticky Sheet or Sizzix Adhesive Sheet to the same size as your white card stock base.

    Use the bone folder to burnish the surface of the sheet. Burnishing will ensure the adhesive stays with the card stock and not with the protective sheet. Carefully remove one protective layer.

  7. Step 7

    Align sticky sheet with the white card stock base, attaching one to the other. Use a bone folder to burnish the remaining protective layer, and then remove the protective layer.

    With the stamped waffle paper shiny side DOWN, attach to the sticky side of the coated card stock to the dull side of the waffle paper.

  8. Step 8

    DOUBLE CHECK THAT YOUR INK IS TOTALLY DRY, then use the bone folder and long strokes to smooth out any wrinkles on top of the waffle paper. If your ink is not dry, the stamped images will smear. This step removes any bubbles and gives your stamped image a silk-screen effect.

    Trim away excess gold waffle paper using a paper trimmer, or scissors.

    Ink sponge with Basic Black Classic Ink, and lightly thump along all edges of the stamped cardstock/waffle paper piece.

  9. Step 9

    Finish your card.

  10. Side view.


Your Turn

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

Where do I find waffle paper? At a specialty store or just my local craft store?
Lisa Manderachia  |  Sun Oct 16, 2011 at 4:42 AM
Hi Lisa, I answered this question earlier... it's a stampin up product. Haven't seen it anywhere in stores, but it is in our catalog. It's kind of like a cross between shiny tissue paper and paper twist, only on a roll. It is available in silver and gold smile Another poster said she successfully used white tissue and achieved similar results.
Sharon Field  |  Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 4:29 AM
I love this technique!!! I have been searching for the perfect way to use this paper. Thanks..beautiful card.
Shelagh  |  Tue Oct 18, 2011 at 12:21 PM
Its wonderful what you have created and thanks for explaining it so perfectly.x
honora2929  |  Wed May 23, 2012 at 9:51 AM
Wow, this is the best use of the waffle paper I have seen. Thx!!!
Sharon  |  Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 8:52 PM

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