Stipple Basics

by Beate Johns

Create soft backgrounds with stipple brushes.


  • Stipple Brushes

  • Several shades of dye ink

  • Cardstock

  • Stamps


  1. Step 1

    Stamp your image on cardstock.

  2. Optional:
    Add depth/shading with markers.

  3. Step 2

    Hold the brush vertically, then tap stipple brush in the lightest colored ink several times.

  4. Step 3

    Now tap your stipple brush softly on cardstock. Tap several times.

    Repeat step 2 to load up more color.

  5. Step 4

    Continue to add color to your cardstock.

  6. Keep adding color until your entire piece of cardstock is covered.

  7. Step 5

    Take a slightly darker ink, load your stipple brush up again and start adding this color to the cardstock.

  8. Continue to add color until you like the way it looks.

    I use a different brush for every color hue (I have one for browns, greens, blues, yellows, reds and oranges).

  9. Step 6

    Stipple a third color ink to add more depth. With each of the darker colors, I leave a little area around the stamped images that I don't stipple. It will give your images a glowing look.

    -When using the darkest color, I tap the inked up brush once on scrap paper.
    -To blend the colors better, you can always go back over the image with one of the lighter colors.

  10. Step 7

    Finish your card.



  1. Resist it
    Try stipple resist over an clear embossed image.

Your Turn

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

I love this tutorial! I noticed in your picture of supplies how nicely your stamp was trimmed. I do a fairly good job but I don't get the middle pieces out like the stamp shown in your supply picture. How do you trim your stamps so well? Can you give me some ideas?
sassysrapper1981  |  Wed Oct 1, 2008 at 8:43 AM
The new Stampin' Up! stamps come die cut. All you do is stick them on the wooden block and add the sticker. I LOVE that!
beate  |  Wed Oct 1, 2008 at 8:46 AM
I wish this set was in the UK catty, but its not... sigh, so I will have to somehow get my hands on it!! love your technique, will have to try it soon!!
Germana Ferrao  |  Wed Oct 1, 2008 at 9:13 AM
For suggestions on how to clean your stipple brushes check out this forum thread or check the Ask Beate Question in this newsletter.
beate  |  Wed Oct 1, 2008 at 9:41 AM
Beate, can I just say....girl, you are AWESOME!
Jill St. Angelo  |  Wed Oct 1, 2008 at 10:22 AM
I was wondering: do you clean the stipple brushes after using them with the ink? If so, how do you clean them?
Stacy Parker  |  Wed Oct 1, 2008 at 2:36 PM
Beate - this is gorgeous!!! I really like the look of it and the colors are beautiful!!! ~tfs~
Silke Ledlow  |  Wed Oct 1, 2008 at 4:16 PM
Thanks for this tutorial. My stipples are just waiting to be used.
Des  |  Wed Oct 1, 2008 at 8:14 PM
VERY nice! I've done this sort of thing with masking - used die cut shapes as the mask, stippled around them, then used as a print plate. I ended up with two gorgeous pieces of paper and a bunch of nicely decorated die cut shapes! Win - Win - Win!!
Shirley Bartell  |  Thu Oct 2, 2008 at 2:55 AM
Thank you for featuring a simple and basic technique! I can't wait to try it!
Connie  |  Thu Oct 2, 2008 at 3:29 AM
I really like how you shaded your flowers after they were stamped on the paper...brilliant! I will definitely have to try this. Your work is always outstanding. TFS all your beautiful creations.
Pam  |  Thu Oct 2, 2008 at 1:26 PM
Ah, a use for my old stencil brushes. I knew I loved this stamp set. Something about a sunflower! Beate, you are so creative and your creations turn out so beautifully
Kathy  |  Fri Oct 3, 2008 at 11:00 AM
I love this set! Just bought it. When my coneflowers are no longer blooming I'll use it all winter to remind me spring and the coneflowers are coming back.
Emilie Boyd  |  Fri Oct 3, 2008 at 1:29 PM
can't wait to try this .. I have NEVER used my stipple brushes .. I will now.
shannon h  |  Sat Oct 4, 2008 at 2:24 PM
Oh wow Fantastic!
Kylie  |  Sun Oct 5, 2008 at 1:17 PM
That is just gorgeous Beate!! My stipple brushes just might get used for the first time!!

May I ask what colours of Classic Ink you used to stipple with??

Thanks Beate!
Deborah  |  Sun Oct 5, 2008 at 2:28 PM
Thanks for the great tutorial! I uploaded my card!!!
Lori  |  Mon Oct 6, 2008 at 9:48 PM
I was wondering if once you use the stipple brushes in ink can they be rinsed off and air dryed. Or is it safe to say you should have one for every color?
Tanya  |  Mon Nov 10, 2008 at 10:14 AM
¡Me encanta!, espero sigas con esa creatividad y compartiendo tus ideas, eres maravillosa, enhorabuena
Monika  |  Sat Jan 17, 2009 at 2:14 AM
Where can I find this daisy stamp you used showing how to stipple. I have looked everywhere? The daisy with the peddles looks like falling off, or looking down
Glenda White  |  Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 12:20 PM

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