Stained Glass Stamping

by Dina Kowal

Recreate the look of stained glass with stamps and markers.


  • Cardstock
  • Open outline stamp (Impression Obsession CL774 Coffee To Go clear set used here)
  • Coloring medium (Copic markers, Chameleon Color Tones Pens and Toppers used here)
  • Large crackle, tile, or mosaic stamp, or a similar printable background (used here: Impression Obsession CC069 Cover-a-Card Craquelure; printable Honeycomb Texture background from
  • Ink compatible with the coloring medium (Impression Obsession Black Hybrid Ink used here)
  • Heavy acetate
  • Embossing folder (Tim Holtz/Sizzix Cracked folder used here)
  • Shaped dies or trimmer (Sizzix Rounded tags dies used here)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (used here: MISTI, adhesive foam sheet, adhesive, ribbon, black colored pencil, sentiment stamp from A Jillian Vance Design)


  1. Step 1

    Stamp an outline image onto cardstock that’s compatible with your coloring medium of choice. Be sure to use an image that doesn’t have a lot of added details.

  2. Step 2

    Choose a variety of colors for each general area of the image, including the background. About 3 markers for each color area is good. For the sample, the cup will be green, the lid tan, and the background grey.

    Use the lightest color in each set to color in each area of the image, or at least mark the outline. This will help to guide your coloring and define lines later.

  3. Step 3

    Stamp over the image using a large crackle, tile, or mosaic stamp with clean, defined sections.

  4. Step 4 (Optional)

    Alternatively, you can print onto your cardstock using a downloadable background pattern like this one. Working in a word processing program, set the size of the document to the size of your stamped panel. Reduce margins to 0", and size the image to fill the panel.

    When searching for a background image online, look for honeycomb, crackle, or mosaic backgrounds, and set the color search to black and white.

  5. Insert the stamped panel into the printer so that the background image will print over the image. Print.

  6. Step 5

    Trim or die cut the panel down to size before coloring.

  7. Step 6

    The lines of the background combined with the outlines of the image create many new small areas. Using the colors you selected above, color in the first section of the image. Try not to color contiguous sections in the same shade – move around the area and skip a few sections each time.

    Stamp a second image to refer to when you’re unsure of the outline in the pattern of the background stamp. With more intricate images, sometimes the details can get lost.

  8. Continue filling each space with varying tones and shades within the color area.

  9. Step 7

    Move on to the other areas of the image, filling in each small area as before.

  10. Remember to fill in the background as well.

  11. Step 8 (Optional)

    Add a light shadow around the focal image to help it to stand out if needed.

  12. Step 9 (Optional)

    If your stained glass panel will be framed, add an overlay of acetate for extra effect. Cut the acetate to the size of the outside of the frame.

  13. The acetate can be embossed in an embossing folder for added interest.

  14. Step 10

    Use the panel to embellish a card or other project.

    In the sample, the colored panel was layered on the bottom, then a frame cut from an adhesive foam sheet, the acetate, and then a cardstock frame.

  15. Step 11

    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 Stained Glass 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.

Dina, what a great technique! I am going to give this a try soon. I want to know where you got your heavy acetate. I would love to do some embossing on acetate for other projects.

Judi  |  Wed Aug 30, 2017 at 4:28 AM
Hi Judi! I purchase it from - the 20 Mil Heavy Duty Clear Covers. I actually use these sheets for storing my unmounted stamps, because they're very sturdy. They have other weights as well.
dina  |  Wed Aug 30, 2017 at 4:32 AM
Always such fascinating tutorials Dina.
Kathy Stacy  |  Wed Aug 30, 2017 at 5:56 AM
Beautiful and unique cards. Thank you Dina for the tutorial!
Helen Gullett  |  Wed Aug 30, 2017 at 6:10 AM
What an unusual technique. Got to try it! Thank you for sharing and for having an alternate to background stamps.
Hope Mitchell  |  Wed Aug 30, 2017 at 7:01 AM
WOW, this is so cool! Thanks for sharing.
Julie Heyer  |  Wed Aug 30, 2017 at 7:58 AM
This looks so cool!
Toni Storie  |  Wed Aug 30, 2017 at 9:16 AM
Cool technique! Thanks Dina!
Kathy Harrison  |  Wed Aug 30, 2017 at 9:49 AM
Dear Dina, Thank you for this video and picture tutorial! You so rock! I absolutely love stain glass and used to work in it years ago. I've been wondering if I could just draw lines all over an image to get the look until I found a couple of pattern backgrounds to stamp over. But I still have not done this yet! And thank you for explaining that one color is a gradient from dark to light? I googled that and could not get a straight answer. I'm hoping that means that ombre is multiple color? Many thanks ♥
Rosy Newlun  |  Wed Aug 30, 2017 at 4:29 PM
Very cool, Dina. I especially like the embossed acetate! Great ideas here!
Nancy Williams  |  Wed Aug 30, 2017 at 6:05 PM
Interesting technique and a great tutorial for it - well organized and professionally delivered. I was encouraged to try the mosaic method and loved the results! Thank you.
Naomi Rohlmeier  |  Wed Aug 30, 2017 at 7:52 PM
Thank you so much! This is beautiful! I will surely try it!
Paru Mahtani  |  Fri Sep 1, 2017 at 2:02 AM
Love the way this looks! Thanks for the tutorial.
Shari Czerwinski  |  Sat Sep 16, 2017 at 6:28 PM

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