Faux Dimension With Stamping & Stencils + GIVEAWAY

Hi there. Today’s video shows how to add faux dimension to your project using stamps and stencils. This is a great technique when creating one layer cards because you get the look of dimension without the bulk! These cards are also part of a fun blog hop celebrating the latest My Monthly Kit from Hero Arts.

Faux Dimension Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

I think it is so fun and rewarding to make a bunch of small, simple, non-dimensional cards at once. Today’s techniques are prefect for this, and you can do them with many supplies you already have.

To create these mini cards, I cut several tag-shaped card bases from white cardstock using a new tag die from the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero June Kit. (More on that below.)

Faux Dimension Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For sentiments, I used “hello” and “sending love” from the same kit, and created “hugs” from a coordinating alphabet stamp set. I stamped them in black ink and then stamped again directly on top with Versamark ink. I stamped one more time with Versamark Ink but slightly offset. I sprinkled clear embossing powder on top and heat set it. This will trap the black stamping and a bit of a white shadow from the offset stamping under the embossing… and will resist the ink applied on top. You can do this technique with a variety of inks and embossing powders to get a totally different look. I love it with bold sentiments!

Faux Dimension Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Using an Ink Blending Tool and Distress Ink, I applied a light layer of color to the front of each card. I then added a Hero Arts stencil (links to all the ones I used are below) on top and applied more of the same color ink. This gives you a really fun tone-on-tone background. (And you can use any inks or stencils!) You can add even more dimension by placing your stencil on top again, but shifting it slightly from it’s original spot… and adding white pigment ink on top. I did this on the two on the right in this photo…


I hope you will try these techniques!


These cards are part of a fun blog hop celebrating the latest My Monthly Kit from Hero Arts. It has a travel theme, but can be easily used for non-travel, as I did today. I really am liking the bold sentiments and folded tag die. There are other unique things in it including leather paper…


The next person on the hop is my fabulous friend Kelly Purkey! (To start at the beginning of the hop, head to Hero Arts.)


How would you like to win one of the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero June Kits? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 6/12/16 telling me if you try to stick to one-layer cards or prefer dimension. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected from one of the blogs on the hop and posted on the Hero Arts Blog. International folks are eligible, too!)


These projects were also inspired by the Summer of Creative Chemistry going on over at Online Card Classes! Here is more info:

We are thrilled to host a fun, technique-filled summer of Creative Chemistry with Tim Holtz! Starting Wednesday, June 1, we invite all Creative Chemistry students to join Tim as he guides you through Creative Chemistry 101 and 102 once again. Whether you are a new student or a returning student, this summer promises to be jam-packed with inky and “scientific” fun! Plus, we’re capping off the summer with Tim’s new class, Creative Chemistry 103 (open for registration now!).
What are Tim’s plans for Summer of Creative Chemistry? Tim wants to encourage all students to refresh your technique knowledge to be ready for 103 in August! Although there are no new lessons in 101 and 102, each week throughout June and July, login to class to see a new challenge that relates to class lesson topics. Plus, the forums will be opened once again for you to talk and chat with fellow students and ask Tim questions too!
For the first time, Tim will also be hosting LIVE chats for an opportunity to connect with you personally! Login to class to see when the live chats will take place. We hope to see you there!
And don’t forgot to register for Creative Chemistry 103! It will be the perfect ending to a whirlwind summer of colorful techniques and learning.

You can join us HERE.


Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Compensated Affiliate links used at no cost to you. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those from Hero Arts. As always, this post was NOT sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Hero Arts (HA), etc.

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880 thoughts on “Faux Dimension With Stamping & Stencils + GIVEAWAY”

  1. Great tags. I usually make cards with dimension, but really like the result shown in your tags by using the stencils. Going to give this a try.

  2. Amazing technique, Jennifer! Thanks for sharing! I love the looks you created…both the white edge on the text AND the sponging and stencil sponging! It sure looks dimensional! I guess I prefer dimension, but am usually in a hurry, so I loved learning this faux dimension technique of yours!!! THanks again!

  3. I like one dimension just because I don’t have a lot of supplies so I tend to stay simple but I do love the different dimensions

  4. I like both. I mostly make some dimension but have begun to try the one-layer and really like how they mail!

  5. I don’t usually add too much dimension because of trying to send that card through the mail. But, this technique allows you to have the look of the dimension without the bulk. Love your folded tag shaped cards!!

  6. Thanks Jennifer for all the great ideas in this video and easy to follow instructions. I usually make cards with dimension and love how you have achieved that with one layer!!

  7. My supplies are still under construction and it is easier to create one layer cards. But I do like dimension it can make the card pop some more 🙂

  8. I prefer one layer cards, because that is what I am used to doing. Since viewing your videos and taking a card class, I am beginning to explore my creative side by doing Dimensional cards. I am amazed how things look once I set something aside thinking I have added too much color or I’ve messed a letter or two up. My ways of “fixing” up a mistake amazes me, too.

  9. Just love your videos. I usually like making one layered cards so that I can mail them out easier.

  10. Oh I love dimension, I find it really difficult to make one layer cards. Even if it’s just popping up one flower or a layered diecut, I feel it helps create a focal point. Thanks for another great video.

  11. I commented on your video…up to this point, I never even looked at stencils. I thought, What would I need those for??? Now, Jennifer, you have opened up a whole new process. The dimension on these cards is wonderful! It looks like they were embossed. Love them! I guess I’m going to have to start looking at stencils!

  12. One layer is for me… But love the look of dimension in my cards when I find the time. Thanks for
    Sharing your talents with us.

  13. Love this technique and I would probably do more like this if I was any good😟 But feel I need dimension on my cards to make them look presentable

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