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. Great ideas! I always learn so much from you. I think this set would be perfect to use to share photos with team members from the mission trip I take next week. I really enjoy your videos.

  2. Your tag cards are wonderful.. Love them all.. I do prefer to make cards with dimension.. But after seeing your creations today one layer cards are great too!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win this months kit.. It is awesome..

  3. I really always learn something new from you! Thank you for sharing the technique! I love making dimensional card! Just make the card more interesting.

  4. Thanks for all the wonderful info Jennifer… I am totally loving your blog.
    I enjoy making dimensional cards but have made single layer also. I always worry when making dimensional that they will require additional postage so I tend to be very careful in how much I add.

  5. I like CAS cards and make more one dimensional cards. Mine all go through the mail so I keep the foam use down and use paper or vellum layering to add visual interest. Thank you, again, for your informative videos and the chance to win a giveaway.

  6. I prefer dimensional cards but I do make fairly flat ones some times and am always thrilled because I know that the postage will be less lol.
    Love this technique though & I am going to give it a try.

  7. I quess I think people expect more than a one layer card from me; that they would think I am getting lazy just doing the one layer.

  8. love your videos I learn so much by watching them only wish that we could get some of the protects hear in N.S that you use in your videos thanks

  9. Wow! How do you come up with all these awesome ideas?!! Fabulous technique, which I want to try out. Best part of the video? Your little one at the end! Too cute!

  10. Love the tags. I usually make one layer cards and I will try your technique for more dimension and texture.

  11. I love doing complex dimensional cards, but these are so lovely I’m going to be trying my hand at some one-layer cards now. Thanks, Jennifer!

  12. Love that these are ready at a moments notice – to add to a card
    or use as a tag.
    thanks for sharing.

  13. Love that large tag die! The tone on tone looks awesome. I’m a new student at Chemistry 101 and loving it.

  14. I prefer adding dimension to my cards. However, my time in my studio is limited, so sometimes clean and simple is what I need to do.

  15. Jennifer,
    Sending layered cards can be a hassle, a few of my cards have come back because I thought it didn’t need extra postage but it did. This card is great because you get that dimension, without the bulk. I’ll still do 50/50. The Altenews are nice for one layer cards too.

  16. I am so completely over the moon in love with this technique!!! It looks fun to do and so many possibilities ! And the end the video with sweet Lila’s voice…I melted ?

  17. You are always such a inspiration with your fun videos! I look daily to see what you have come up with next! Great imagination….something I do t have luxury of having most days. Ha! When I’m doing cards and tags, etc it just depends on the day and my mood. I find a lot of my elderly friends…like me. Lol…enjoy either types of cards that I make. Either single or multi layered so I try to keep a few on hand of each for different occasions.

  18. Great video – encourages me to make one dimension cards (with faux dimension!). I usually have more layers to a card because I love love love paper crafting and can’t stop myself, but this is a very cool technique! Thanks, as always for sharing with us Jennifer – you are most appreciated!

  19. I love these! Sure helps make one layer cards simpler. I try to do some of both but since I love dies, too, it’s hard to come up with ideas. Thank you!

  20. I tend to make one layer cards. I am very new to card making and so I am still learning a lot. I really enjoy your videos. Thank you so much

  21. I like dimension on my cards. I love how you make such great cards without a lot of elements. I need to learn to do more of this.

  22. Hi Jennifer, I like cards with dimension but when I am in a crunch for time, simple one layer cards are my go to! Thanks for the chance to win!

  23. Thanks for more inspiration and a fun blog hop! I do both layered and single layer–depends on the time involved, who the project is for. I’m currently working on a layered hiking themed Birthday card, but also planning to stamp single layered Dad’s day cards. I just like to play and try all sorts of things. I really gear each project towards the recipient, it seems the men in my life prefer the over all “look”, while the ladies enjoy all the little details.

  24. I love to add dimension to my cards to make them more interesting! Thank you for the faux dimension idea!

  25. Love this technique! Thanks for sharing it and thanks for the chance to win this great kit! I prefer dimension, but sometimes make one layer cards when time is limited.

  26. I have been doing a lot of one layer cards lately. This is a great technique. thanks for sharing

  27. Wow what a great technique! I tend to make cards with dimension and then that ends up costing me in the postage department. I want to give this a try! Thanks

  28. Love how these turned out….awesome colors!! I like prefer dimension for my cards. It’s so easy to do with so many wonderful dies that are available.

  29. Very nice tags and very interesting technique ! I like dimension cards but I always realize too late that in the mail it’s more expensive because of the weight ! Too bad ! But with this technique I can now make faux dimension for snail mail ! Thanks for sharing !

  30. I truly don’t believe I know how to make a card that isn’t layered, LOL! It’s so much fun to make the cards “jump” out. I love the faces of those that receive the cards, they always think it’s so cool! Thank you for the chance to win the fantastic kit!

  31. What a fun technique. Can’t wait to try it. I usually do CAS but don’t often do a one-layer card unless I’m entering a challenge.

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