Stamp Etching

by Lydia Fiedler

Use a fine-tipped black pen to give your stamped images the look of classical etchings.


  • Open line-art stamp image (Stampin' Up!'s Blended Bloom used here)

  • Black marker or pen with a fine tip

  • Cardstock (a smooth cardstock is best)


  1. Step 1

    Begin by stamping an open line art stamp in black ink on smooth white cardstock.

  2. Step 2

    Using a fine-tipped marker, begin to make tapered lines within the stamp image with a light flicking motion - lifting the pen off the paper towards the end of your line. The line should be thinner at the end than it is where it started.

  3. Practice by drawing a straight line on a scrap. Put your pen down on the line briefly and then as you draw a quick line, lift the tip of the pen up off the paper towards the end of the line.

  4. Step 3

    To add a little shading, do a second, shorter group of lines at the base of the first.

  5. Step 4

    Continue until your image is completely filled.

  6. Step 5

    For variations on this technique, try cross-hatching...

  7. or stippling.

  8. Step 6

    Use your image on a finished project.

  9. Try this technique on colored cardstock, too.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Stamp Etching. 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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What a beautiful flower....Beautiful card to, you make it looks so easy, hope I find it easy because I love that look TFS.
Margaret Jenks  |  Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 3:08 AM
Very nice, informative tutorial, Lydia. The flower looks awesome.
Benzi  |  Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 5:49 AM
What a great technique. Love the examples. Off to check out the gallery!
Joyce Casaldi  |  Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 6:02 AM
Wow Lydia, this is AMAZING! This is a fantastic technique. Love how it turned out!!!
Francine Vuillème  |  Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 6:25 AM
Awesome tutorial Lydia. I am going to have to give this a try.
MariLynn DeGroot  |  Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 6:42 AM
This is a great video and a very interesting lesson. The end results are fabulous. Can't wait to try this.
Mary Anne Perlmutter  |  Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 6:52 AM
Great video and information on this type of technique. It's actually very relaxing I think. And a good lead up to trying Zentangling. Thank you, Lydia.
Susie Lessard  |  Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 7:05 AM
Excellent the detail!
Susan Lankford  |  Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 7:07 AM
Gorgeous!!!! I have just the bloom to try this on!!! I LOVE the etched look!
angela bode  |  Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 7:25 AM
Wow, Lydia...this is spectacular....such an awesome technique!!!!!
Joan Ervin  |  Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 7:32 AM
Lydia, This is an excellent video technique-I have that SU stamp on my list from your last video with it--now I better get it sooner rather than later!

Very inspiring!
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 7:40 AM
Thanks for your expertise! I can hardly wait to try it !
Jeanne Smoker  |  Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 8:03 AM
FANTASTIC Lydia. I love this look and a fresh and fun tutorial!
Lynn Mercurio  |  Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 8:04 AM
Thank you for showing this. It's a really good idea. I am going to use it.
Mariellen  |  Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 9:00 AM
Another GREAT idea!! Thanks - I love the way you have several ways to use one stamp . I bought the Blended Blooms stamp for Zentangle so I have it to try this technique
Barbara Jay  |  Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 9:07 AM
I love it. So relaxing to do too.
Sally May  |  Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 9:31 AM
Thanks so much for sharing the really cool technique with us. Thanks for sharing the basic black and white etching and the variations. For the cross hatching do you use the drag and raise the tip technique or more of a level/flat line?
Kab  |  Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 9:37 AM
Thanks everyone!

@kab - I used the same motion on the crosshatching and I used the finer of the two Project Life pens from SU for that one - it has a finer tip than the Basic Black marker I used for the etching sample.
lydia  |  Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 9:41 AM
Thank you for a great tutorial. I love this technique!
Dayanna Donng  |  Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 10:16 AM
Love it, thanks so much!!! Gotta try it!
Donna Whitten  |  Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 11:18 AM

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