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.

It looks like alot of fun. I can't wait to try this technique. Thanks
Sandy Tedford  |  Sun Apr 13, 2008 at 10:32 AM
I prefer to call this variegated as it reminds me of 'snow on the mountain'.
TheAfricanQueen  |  Mon Apr 14, 2008 at 6:25 AM
Very cool!
Sheryl  |  Mon Apr 14, 2008 at 12:42 PM
I can't wait to give this a try, It looks so cool. thanks !!!!
susie Shannon  |  Tue Apr 15, 2008 at 5:28 AM
thanks I love new techniques.
crazynanna  |  Tue Apr 15, 2008 at 5:49 AM
Really a beautiful looking card, cannot wait to put in to use. Thanks for sharing the idea.
Marla  |  Tue Apr 15, 2008 at 5:44 PM
What a terrific idea. Can't wait to try it
orma  |  Sat Apr 19, 2008 at 2:04 PM
What a great look!! If it wasn't so late here I would go try it now. Will do 1st thing in the morning.
Kathleen  |  Thu Apr 24, 2008 at 7:23 PM
I'm new to the site and if this is the kind of great stuff I can look forward to then call me addicted already! I love the beauty and simplicity of the effect.
Dixie  |  Wed Apr 30, 2008 at 6:39 AM
Love the technique!
Tammy  |  Sun Jun 29, 2008 at 9:57 PM
I love this technique also. What background stamp is this you used? I would like to purchase one. Thanks so much!
TerryAnn Lorentzen  |  Sat Nov 8, 2008 at 8:43 PM
The background stamp is sold by Stampin' Up! and is called Pretty Petals.
It is not shown in the catalog, but you can still order it for $17.95 plus shipping and taxes.
Order #111008.
beate  |  Sun Nov 9, 2008 at 2:31 PM
LOVE IT!!!!!!!
Kellie  |  Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 6:17 AM
What a terrific idea and so easy!!!!
Diane  |  Thu Aug 6, 2009 at 7:31 AM
You continue to amaze me with new techiniques after all these years! TFS!!!!
Vicky Skillman  |  Thu Aug 6, 2009 at 4:09 PM
Great technique! And great card! Would not have thought of this idea! Can't wait to try it! Thanks for all the great ideas and tutorials!!!
Donna  |  Fri Jun 25, 2010 at 7:38 AM
How on earth did I miss this tutorial for so long? I've browsed this part of SCS for what seems like forever and never saw it. Going to have to give this a try!
Lynn Lehrman  |  Wed May 22, 2013 at 8:58 AM
Is there a particular type of marker that should be used for this technique? Permanent markers? Paint markers?
Pat Mayne  |  Sat Dec 7, 2013 at 8:18 AM
Hi Pat! The markers used in the tutorial are water-based markers from Stampin' Up - other watercolor markers like Tombows or Marvy markers would work best... solvent or acrylic markers would dry too fast on the rubber for the effect to work.
dini  |  Sun Dec 8, 2013 at 6:30 AM
Thank you for the reply. I'm going to try this, it is something different for me to learn.
Pat Mayne-Schlachtun  |  Mon Dec 9, 2013 at 12:50 PM

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