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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  1. Hi Jenifer,
    I just found out about you and your site a couple of days ago and have been mesmerized by all the wonderful videos you have produced. I hope one day that my own future videos have the same high quality and simplicity that yours do. I’ve literally spent two full days watching your videos with jaw dropped by your professionalism, creativity, and a no “gimmick” simple presentation style. Even your designs and speaking quality emulate the beauty within simple elegance of your presentation style. What a rare and delightful style the very way I want to develop my own style. Thank you Thank you Thank you for setting the bar so high!

    As for dimensional vs flat cards, I love the look and feel of the dimensional ones, but, I am new to card making and want to develop skill on the flat side of greeting card eye candy.

    May the God and Father of my Lord Jesus Christ richly bless you with even more of His wonderful creativity, wealth, and joy.

  2. I prefer dimension but I’m so inspired by techniques that add the look of dimension without the added bulk.

  3. I LOVE these little tags! Last fall I came up with a luggage tag of my own. A friend of mine wanted something different for her sons wedding…place cards with a travel theme. They turned out great but having this die from Hero Arts would have saved me some time! Anyway…thank you for sharing your talent with us. You are inspiring!
    And I prefer a bit of dimension on my cards…not layers and layers and layers!

  4. The shadow look is definetely a “How’d she do that?” Yet, you made it look easy enough.

  5. i like dimension cards as they are prettier and more interesting even though they take so much longer to make than one-layer cards. but i think its worth it in the end

  6. Jennifer your vídeos aré so inspiring. I like doing a little combination of both, layers and dimension. However I don’t look cards that like too busy. That is why a love following your blog. You’re cards, such as this have just the right look always. And this tag set is a must have, thanks for inspiring us each time.

  7. I wish I could make a one layer card. But when I’m done it doesn’t look complete or finished. The card appears to lack any interest.

  8. I love your one layer cards, but usually add layers because mine don’t look as nice as one layer cards. I am going to try this technique because I love the look.

  9. I love the fold over tag card die! I can honestly say that I would send them to to everyone I know . I also love the technique that was shown by Jennifer!

  10. I like both. I love character so it depends on the theme and what I am trying to express. My daughter and I just entered into the card making world and love watching you videos! Thank you for sparking our creativity bug. You make things with such ease and give us the confidence we can do the same. Thanks again!

  11. These are so fantastic! Love this technique! I like a bit of dimension but not too much if I will be mailing!!

  12. I definitely love one layer cards – i love the clean and simple look. 🙂
    These cards are stunning – love ,love love them :)!

  13. I love making cards with dimension, but one layer cards can be just as fun and beautiful! It totally depends on how creative I am feeling or if I am working alone or with my girls who are 9 and 11. Either way its ALL fun!! 🙂

  14. I prefer 2 or more layers on cards because I like the heavier feel of the card when it is finished.

  15. I tend to have a few layers on my cards. I’d like to do some one layer cards so I can have some cards on hand. I like this technique and will definitely be trying it. Say “hello” to your daughter. It was nice to hear her sweet voice. The photos you post of your children are precious! ?

  16. I like 1 or 2 layers, but no more, because most of my cards get sent in the mail. I can’t wait to try this technique. Love your videos!

  17. I think I mentioned in an earlier post that I really LOVE this kit, but was in a rush to leave for work and forgot about the rest of my comment! I like the simplicity of the one dimensional card – this technique gives the card dimension. With my schedule I don’t usually have a lot of time – this allows me to get more done in 1/2 the time and with only a few supplies. An easy project to take to my once-a-month craft night with friends, too!
    Thanks for another great video!
    BTW – I showed your website to my daughter and she is now hooked!

  18. I go between the one layer and multiple layers depending on the design. Just this week I made a one layer card and then a few days later I made another with 6 layers! I say, go wherever the design takes you!

  19. I can’t really say what I use more – it depends on my mood, the occasion etc. wether I’d make a one layer card or if I’d use dimention. Sometimes one layer cards seem to be more challenging.

  20. Lovely cards. Lately I have been making one layer cards but I like both. Thanks for the chance to win.

  21. I love what you did with these! I have an alphabet set, actually a few of them. I love to use them and sometimes the letters don’t line up and they aren’t perfect but you know what? That’s what makes it perfect and beautiful and handmade. I always freaked out when the letters weren’t perfect like on a Hallmark card but then I noticed when I did a card that it wasn’t perfect but I like how it looked. Do you know what I mean? Okay, yours are perfect so maybe you don’t know what I am talking about. The colors are beautiful and I love how you did the letters with the white showing. I think I get how you did it. Thanks for showing us what you did.
    Do I do one layer cards or dimensions? I do both! I have lots of ink and paper and pop dots so I can do dimension but I also sometimes like to do one layer cards. Depends on what kind of card I am making.

  22. Hi, Jennifer.
    I prefer dimension, but am not very creative about it. I love you faux dimension idea! Now I have lots of options other than pop dots. Thanks for sharing. You inspire me to be more creative. 🙂

  23. I am still rather new at card making so I have been trying both methods. I love the idea of the one dimension tone on tone and faux dimension as it seems to be a great way to get a bunch of cards made up for any occasion. I will be working on that this weekend if I can find the right stencils. As always, thanks for the inspiration.

  24. Hi Jennifer!
    I like to add dimensjon to my cards. Makes them more fun, I think. I have never tried doing it this way, though ….

  25. So many exciting things happening! The Hero Arts kit is so much fun with the travel theme. I tend to make most of my cards with some dimension.

  26. There is an art to one layer cards and much as I like them I don’t always manage to pull it off. This tutorial will help me add a new technique to my attempts.

  27. Love the Hero Arts dimensional stamped tags. Such a simple and effective technique. Enjoy all your videos, Jennifer. I have learned so much.

  28. I loved the faux dimension technique and am going to use it today to make a birthday card for a friend.

  29. I tend to prefer a little dimension, but a lot depends on what type of card I making!
    Great video Jennifer and fab technique!

    A big hello to Miss Lila too 🙂

  30. I prefer dimension. The card is more interesting and looks like you really invested some time in making it, whether you did or not.

  31. I’m would love to add dimension to my projects. I’ve started off with small steps and hope to continue to learn and develop difference techniques to add dimension.

  32. On my scrapbook pages I like flat embellishments, for cards it’s the same but I try to play a bit more with dimension 🙂

    Beautiful cards! I need to bring out my distress inks and learn to play with them again!

  33. I love dimension and I love using stencils! What a fun technique! As always, thanks for the inspiration!

  34. I love adding dimension to my cards, but this technique is so fabulous that I can’t wait to give it a try! Thanks so much for always sharing such wonderful ideas with us!

  35. Oh how awesome! Thanks for expanding my knowledge of our wonderful hobby. This is such a fun technique!

  36. I think it depends on my mood and what stamps I am using. I usually prefer dimension on my cards though. Great technique!

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