by Beate Johns

Add more color to your image before stamping by tapping a darker colored marker over an inked image.


  • Stamp (Pretty Petals, by Stampin' Up!)

  • Ink Pad

  • Marker

  • Cardstock


  1. Step 1

    Ink stamp with an ink pad.

  2. Step 2

    Take a darker colored marker and start tapping or "thumping" on the image to add darker spots.

    Tap with the side of the marker to protect the tip of the marker from damage.

  3. Step 3

    Continue to "thump" the marker on the image until you added enough spots to create a marbled look.

  4. Step 4

    Huff (breathe heavily) on the stamp to re-moisten the inked image. Now stamp on the cardstock.

  5. Step 5

    Finish your card.


    Rainbow colors
    Use different colored markers on your image. Start with the lightest color marker and work your way to the darkest color.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Thumping. 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 always upload my image in the gallery listed underneath the image. There you find the complete listing of all supplies used.
The stamp is a background stamp from Stampin' Up! called Pretty Petals, the marker I used is Not Quite Navy.
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beate  |  Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 5:14 AM
What a beautiful creative card! I love it!
Sandy Livingston  |  Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 6:22 AM
That is a beautiful card,I love the colors and the technique is wonderful. Thank you for sharing. I can't wait to try it. Gail :0)
Gail  |  Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 7:57 AM
This technique creates a beautiful effect! I can't wait to try it on all sorts of stamps. - Trixy
Trixy Benner  |  Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 9:08 AM
what a clever idea to come up with. always
wanted the flowers darker but could never get the right spot.
cynthia beynon  |  Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 4:28 PM
I love the way you thumped and the tapping and the huffing it is incredible what can be done to make a better showing with our materials we have to use. You are the best!
Thank you very very much for the ideas I LOVE it!!
Mary Bennett  |  Fri Apr 11, 2008 at 6:51 AM
I love this technique! What a great idea, I just cant wait to give it a try! Thanks for sharing!
Jamie  |  Fri Apr 11, 2008 at 7:40 AM
Fabulous idea and easy too. Can't wait to try it. Love the stamp.
Glitterbabe  |  Fri Apr 11, 2008 at 8:23 AM
I love the idea I look forward to trying it
Annette  |  Fri Apr 11, 2008 at 9:26 AM
This is a great technique. I wanted something new for a good friend's birthday card this weekend. This is perfect! TFS
Karen  |  Fri Apr 11, 2008 at 11:28 AM
OK - that background was on my "wish" list; then I took it off, but now it's back on...thanks for helping me spend my money - Very cool technique. It makes the background all the more interesting!
Joanne  |  Fri Apr 11, 2008 at 3:33 PM
Gorgeous card and technique Beate. Can't wait to get this block stamp, its on my wish list.

Jennifer smile
Jennifer Meyer  |  Fri Apr 11, 2008 at 7:42 PM
Oh my! This is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Can't wait to try it! Thank you so much!
Maria  |  Fri Apr 11, 2008 at 8:01 PM
This is great, quick, simple and beautiful.
Tereasa  |  Sat Apr 12, 2008 at 5:43 AM
Great technique, I am going to try it right away
Diana Laabs  |  Sat Apr 12, 2008 at 5:56 AM
WOW! Who knew? This adds so much depth. Thanks, Beate.
Jamie  |  Sat Apr 12, 2008 at 9:38 AM
You are truely gifted! I love your ideas! Thank you for sharing with us!
neyneyangel  |  Sat Apr 12, 2008 at 12:36 PM
I love thumping! A favorite of mine to add dimension without extras.
mindyw  |  Sat Apr 12, 2008 at 1:25 PM
That sure does take the image from simple and pretty to the next level. Excellent!
Michelle NH  |  Sat Apr 12, 2008 at 4:31 PM
this is a great card I will make one of these!!!
JoAnn Echols  |  Sat Apr 12, 2008 at 6:40 PM

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