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.

What type of Markers did you use?
Karen McKinstry  |  Thu Feb 16, 2017 at 2:48 AM
She used Stampin' Up markers, which are water-based - any water-based marker would do (Tombow, Zig, Aqua Markers, etc).
dina  |  Thu Feb 23, 2017 at 5:38 AM
wonderful idea!
What type of marker do you use so it doesn't permanently stain my stamp?
(I'm a newbie)
Linda Stanley  |  Thu Sep 21, 2017 at 11:04 AM
Linda, any kind of watercolor or dye-based marker would work, and those shouldn't cause staining.
dina  |  Thu Sep 21, 2017 at 11:42 AM

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