Stained Glass

by Beate Johns

Bring the beauty of stained glass to your papercrafts, without the special tools.


  • Outline Image Stamp

  • Vellum Paper

  • Dark Pigment Ink

  • Clear Embossing Powder

  • Embossing Buddy

  • Heat Gun

  • Marker

  • Neutral Colored Cardstock

  • Adhesive


  1. Step 1

    Rub Embossing Buddy over vellum. This will help keep embossing powder where it belongs - on the stamped image.

  2. Step 2

    Stamp image in dark pigment ink on the vellum.

  3. Step 3

    Pour clear embossing powder over the image and tap off the excess powder.

    Ink stamp with Versamark™ and apply dark embossing powder over it.

  4. Step 4

    Heat powder until it melts.

    If you are using vellum paper, the paper will curl a bit.

  5. Step 5

    Flip vellum over and color the back of the image with markers.

  6. Color the entire image and let dry.

  7. Step 6

    Adhere the vellum piece to neutral cardstock, making sure the embossed side faces up.

    Place adhesive where it won't be seen later. It can be hidden behind ribbon or a cardstock window.
    Instead of adhesive, use brads or just ribbon to secure the vellum to the neutral colored cardstock.

  8. Step 7

    Finish your card.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Stained Glass. 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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Fabulous, Beate! Definitely going to try this soon!!
Carole (TruCarMa)  |  Sat Oct 18, 2008 at 3:19 PM
NEAT technique! I'm going to have to try this! Your sample is gorgeous, and your tutorial is so well written! Great job, Beate!
Nancy Riley  |  Sat Oct 18, 2008 at 5:10 PM
Stampin up has a couple retired stained glass stamp sets that work great with this technique.
Ginny  |  Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 6:37 AM
Great technique, Beate. Beautiful result. I think I just may have to try this one. Thanks much for sharing all your wonderful knowledge.
Anne Ryan  |  Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 9:06 PM
Wow, so easy now that I've seen it done. Thanks
Sandy  |  Thu Oct 23, 2008 at 5:10 AM
I ordered this stamp set because of this tutorial - just got it today so reviewed the instructions and getting ready to give it a try. This is gorgeous - hope mine turns out as well.
Bev Victory  |  Thu Oct 23, 2008 at 1:19 PM
Thanks Beate for this wonderful tutorial. You Rock!

I made a Stained Glass angel for this technique.
Bonnie  |  Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 3:48 PM
Good instructions and pretty card. Thanks for sharing.

Jean Saporito  |  Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 2:14 PM
What is Embossing Buddy? And where can I purchase it?
Thank you.
Dori  |  Sat Jan 10, 2009 at 6:02 AM
Dori, An embossing buddy is a very small pillow like thing with a powder of some sort in it, that you rub over an area before you poor embossing powder over it, to take away static cling. I have one and got it at Michaels Crafts store. I have heard that you can also use a used dryer sheet. Hope that helps! Gin
stamps4funGin  |  Sat Jan 10, 2009 at 6:51 AM
Thank you so much for showing us this beautiful technique. I so appreciate your time. Roberta M.
Roberta Mezenski  |  Wed Feb 24, 2010 at 12:18 PM
Hi Beate, if you get a piece of cardboard and cover it with aluminum foil, then lay your item on top of it to emboss it, it will heat much faster than laying it down on your work surface.
Gin  |  Wed Feb 24, 2010 at 2:30 PM
Hi Beate~~

I think I probably say it every time, but I mean it every time. You are such a wonderfully creative person, Who sure can share with Her art techniques with others through your tutorials. It is so much easier for me to read directions, and see it done. Thank you for sharing such a big part of yourself with me/us/
You are very generous!

Thank you!

He Is Able,
Traci S.
Traci S.  |  Wed Mar 3, 2010 at 12:21 PM
What is an embossing buddy?
Connie  |  Sun Aug 21, 2011 at 1:12 PM
Thank you , OOps I just saw this was asked before.
Thanks for the answer, It was a big help.
Connie  |  Sun Aug 21, 2011 at 1:42 PM

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