3 Simple Sentiment Stamp Tips

Sometimes the simplest tips are the best. Today? Today I have 3 tips for sentiment stamps. They may not be new-to-you tips, but worth a reminder.

3 Simple Tips for Sentiment Stamps

Tip #1: Try stamping your sentiment in a color besides black.

Often black is best – so that the greeting is bold and attention-grabbing. But if you have a card with a softer look – or one that is supposed to send a gentle, loving message – a softer color may work better. My favorite? A grey ink, such as Memento London Fog or Hero Arts Soft Granite Shadow Ink (which I used on this card).

(By the way, I colored the flower and the colored strips on this card with Wink of Stella glitter markers. The subtle shine really makes it pop.)

Tip #2: Stamp a sentiment repeatedly to create a “supportive” background.

Using a sentiment stamp to create a background can help “support” the main greeting. I often do this by stamping repeatedly with a light ink, such as Hero Arts Soft Sand Ink. This is also another way to get more from your sentiment stamps. Want to find the perfect “supportive greeting” for a background? Check out the other sentiments on the stamp set your main sentiment comes from. There are often a few that fit together, like here…

Tip #3: Cut up your sentiments.

One great way to get more life out of your cling and clear sentiments is to cut them! (No, you won’t hear them scream.) Then you can rearrange the words to be multiple lines or even a shorter greeting like “thank you” instead of “thank you very much.” In this example, I actually cut the sentiment and replaced part of it with the large globe image. It totally makes this otherwise-nothing-special card a bit more interesting.

(For more information on this last card, head over to the Hero Arts blog HERE.)

And there you have it – three random, simple sentiment stamp tips. :)


Below are the supplies used for this card. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH



MFT Cheerful Blessings Stamp Set (SSS|EH)


MFT Inspired By Flowers 4 Stamp Set (SSS|MFT)





Hero Arts Pool Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Soft Granite Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)


Tsukineko Memento London Fog Ink (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Soft Sand Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Cup O Joe Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)





Neenah White Cardstock 250 Sheets (SSS|EH)


Neenah White Cardstock 25 Sheets (SSS|EH)



35 CommentsCards, Hero Arts, My Favorite Crafty Things, Simon Says Stamp

  1. c

    As always, stunning cards and fantastic tips! Love all your suggestions – and I really, really need to get over having my stamps ‘colour kissed.’ Perhaps a selection of HA inks will help – and just in case, I’ve added them to my wish list! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  2. Susan

    Great cards! I love cutting my stamps apart. I do it this a lot since one of the online card classes! I really like the tip in repeating sentiments in a lighter color for a background!

  3. Cynthia B.

    Thanks for the tips! I really like the idea of a supporting background. I’ve got a small collection of sentiment stamps, and this is definitely a way to make them stretch.

  4. These are good tips and the cards look awesome!

  5. Cathy R

    Thanks for these tips Jennifer

  6. Tami

    Awesome tips! Thank u!

  7. Pat

    You should know that Jonathan screams EVERY single time he sees you cut a stamp! :)

  8. Great tips – thank you! I need to get up my nerve and cut some stamps :)

  9. adele

    Great tips — thank you!

  10. Hannah Means

    What good ideas! I intend to use them forthwith!

  11. These are SO amazing! LOVE!

  12. janet Wilson

    Great trio of tip /reminders! I have to admit to being very tentative, when cutting up stamps!

  13. RedGem

    I love these tips… why didn’t I think of them, but that is why we have you! Tks again!

  14. Chris A

    Many thanks. Love all you do and all you teach and share…. beautiful beautiful. I feel lucky to have found you. So Talented.

  15. Dana D.

    Great tips today Jennifer, thanks.

  16. Deb Lorence

    Awesome tips Jennifer! Love the flower on the first card!

  17. Shaughn Woodruff

    Hi Jennifer,
    Thanks so much for the tip! The 3rd tip, I had heard that from the Wonderful Kristina Werner on one of her video’s and of course I just gasped…when she cut her stamp! I actually did it! I cut my stamp to make a custom greeting for my husbands Father’s day card and you know what…my stamp was ok, it went right back togather..imagine that..lol..Thought I’d share that with you. As always, love your cards, the globe one is great! Thanks agian for sharing your great creations and knowledge!

  18. Mary-Anne V.

    Thank you for your great tips..I always smile when you mention cutting up stamps because I remember reading about this tip you gave years ago and at the time I was shocked. But I totally see how great it looks.

  19. Sylvia

    Good tips, good reminders although still can’t bring myself to cut up my sentiment stamps yet. Off topic but are there any plans for showing your new studio? I’d love to drool over it, given the chance :-)

  20. Robin L

    Great ideas! Thanks for the tips and the always great inspiration!

  21. Very helpful tips and amazing cards!
    Thank you!

  22. Pai

    great tips!

  23. Great tip,Thank you!!!

  24. Thanks Jennifer, I started cutting up my clear stamps as soon as you gave me permission to. LOL That was some time back. I love everything you do! Great Cards!

  25. Mary Beth Krakowski

    These tips are great! I think that the examples are really stunning and wonderful to try to remember.

  26. What great ideas. Thanks for sharing!

  27. Trish Reddick

    Thanks jennifer for these beautiful cards. I LOVE globe images and so I will enjoy making my version of the You Mean the World to Me. And YOU DO mean the world to me! I always enjoy your posts!

  28. Madeline Rains

    Great tips! Thank you.

  29. Carmen S

    Thank you for the great tips. Really like all your cards

  30. Tania K

    Wink of Stella markers… Oh please, do tell more!

  31. Great tips! The sentiment looks perfect in grey and the broken sentiment really makes the design more interesting. TFS

  32. Anita J.

    Awesome cards … great ideas! You always get my mind whirling. Thank you for sharing.

  33. Great cards and tips. Thanks.

  34. Betty Meyskens

    Jennifer – 3 great cards and thanks for the awesome tips. You are so talented …. love your work.

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