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Custom Stamp Layering

Hello! Today I am sharing ideas for creatively using basic stamps for a layered look. These tips will help you get new looks from any stamps!

Custom Stamp Layering Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Multiple stores are also linked in the parentheses following the product name. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.]

I am always looking for creative ways to get new looks from stamps in my collection. Today I am sharing a few tips for layered stamping.

Custom Stamp Layering Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My first card features a single large leaf cluster from the Gina K Sunshine and Love Kit. I first stamped it repeatedly on white cardstock with Gina K Key Lime Ink (SSS | GK). I then inked up the same image with a darker Gina K Jelly Bean Green Ink (SSS | GK) ink… but “removed” a line of ink with a Teflon Bone Folder from the center of each leaf before stamping it again directly on top of the first image. This gives the look of a layered stamp but with a single image. I also stamped it again repeatedly with a second generation of ink.

Custom Stamp Layering Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I cut the center out with a Hero Arts Rectangle Infinity Dies… matted it… and added it back in place with a piece of craft foam between. I added Lucy’s Cards Garden Flower Sequins and Lucys Cards Lemon Jewels for embellishments, and a sentiment from the Gina K Sunshine and Love Kit. (I link the cardstocks and envelopes used in the thumbnails at the end of this post.)

Custom Stamp Layering Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My next card also uses flowers and leaves from the Gina K Sunshine and Love Kit, along with a sentiment from the Gina K Anemone Wishes Set (SSS | GK). I used the same layering tricks as I did on the last card. I can’t get enough of that gorgeous Gina K Designs Coral Reef Cardstock, Ink , and Envelope!

Custom Stamp Layering Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I couldn’t find pearls to match my project, so I used white pearls and colored them with a Copic Marker. (Any permanent pen would work for this.)

Custom Stamp Layering Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is another with the same design… but using a sentiment from the Gina K Wealth of Wishes Stamp Set and Gina K Sea Glass (SSS | GK) and Turquoise Sea (SSS | GK) inks.

Custom Stamp Layering Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I used the sweet Gina K A Happy Hello Stamp Set (SSS | GK) images for my next card… again creating lines in my stamps my removing ink with a bone folder. The soft layering in the background is again from second generation stamping. This green Gina K Lucky Clover Stamp Set (SSS | GK) is a great color! The sentiment is again from the Gina K Anemone Wishes Set (SSS | GK).

Custom Stamp Layering Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is another example of the same techniques… but using yellow inks, the Gina K Sunshine and Love Kit, and Anemone Wishes Set (SSS | GK).

Custom Stamp Layering Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

You can also create layered stamping with outline images. Here, I used the other stamp set from the Gina K Sunshine and Love Kit. After stamping the outline images, I colored them in softly with marker. I then added second generation images for a layered look.

Custom Stamp Layering Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

By the way, all of my matching envelopes are from Gina K Designs, and the “happy mail” message is from the Gina K Happy Mail Stamp Set (SSS | GK).

Custom Stamp Layering Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The card design I used here was inspired by the talented Laurie Willison. You can find her blog HERE and her YouTube channel HERE. She is amazing!

SUPPLIES

Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

*Gina K Sunshine and Love Kit
[ GNK ]
*Gina K Anemone Wishes Set
[ GNK | SSS ]
*Gina K Wealth of Wishes Stamp Set
[ GNK ]
Gina K Happy Mail Stamp Set
[ GNK | SSS ]
Gina K A Happy Hello Stamp Set
[ GNK | SSS ]
*Hero Arts Rectangle Inifinity Dies
[ SSS ]
Gina K Connect Glue
[ SSS | GNK ]
Lucy’s Cards Garden Flower Sequins
[ LCS ]
Lucys Cards Lemon Jewels
[ SSS ]
Gina K Sea Glass Dye Ink
[ GNK | SSS ]
Lucys Cards Glossy Eggshell Pearls
[ SSS ]
Gina K Key Lime Ink
[ GNK | SSS ]
Gina K Jelly Bean Green Ink
[ GNK | SSS ]
Gina K Lucky Clover Stamp Set
[ GNK | SSS ]
Gina K Peach Bellini Ink
[ GNK | SSS ]
Gina K Coral Reef Ink
[ GNK | SSS ]
Hero Arts Soft Vanilla Ink
[ SSS ]
Gina K Dandelion Ink
[ GNK | SSS ]
Gina K Tranquil Teal Ink
[ GNK | SSS ]
Gina K Turquoise Sea Ink
[ GNK | SSS ]
Gina K 2018 Add On Cardstock
[ GNK | SSS ]
Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock
[ SSS | AMZUS ]
Gina K Turquoise Sea Envelopes
[ GNK ]
Gina K Coral Reef Envelopes
[ GNK ]
Gina K Wild Dandelion Envelope
[ GNK ]
Gina K Envelopes
[ SSS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Creative Corners
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Mouse Pad Insert
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Bar Magnet
[ SSS | ELH ]
* Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat
[ SSS | ELH ]
Tim Holtz Trimmer
[ SSS ]
Microfiber Cloth
[ SSS ]
Teflon Bone Folder
[ SSS ]
Therm O Web Purple Tape
[ SSS ]
White Craft Foam
[ SSS ]
Kokuyo Long Dot Liner Adhesive
[ SSS ]
Sketch Copic Markers
[ SSS | ELH ]
Laurie Willison YouTube Channel
[ YTB ]
Laurie Willison Blog
[ SPB ]


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47 thoughts on “Custom Stamp Layering”

  1. Just gorgeous cards Jennifer. A great idea to remove the ink from the second inking on the leaves to create veins. You are so clever! Great work as always!

  2. Beautiful cards Jennifer! thanks for showing us another great way to stretch stamps,you’re so inspiring.xx

  3. Such pretty colors and stamps! Love the sentiments and everything you do with them! You rock it everytime!

  4. Really lovely, Jennifer. I am pretty new to stamping and it is so nice to see ideas that result in beautiful cards without being overly complicated. You truly have a gift – thank you for sharing it with us!

  5. Thank you for showing another way to do the layering stamping. Thank you for sharing your precious talents. You are the BEST !

  6. Hi Jennifer!
    Love this technique and I do have a lot of stamps that would allow me to remove some ink from them before I stamp! I love the colors you used here and the layouts…how you stamped, then second-generation stamped for a fuller look on the card. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Wow the technique where you use your bone folder to take some of the ink away is genius! I can not believe how amazing it looks. Beautiful cards, thank you for sharing. Take care

  8. Your cards are gorgeous, what a great technique to remove the ink for a while new beautiful look. Duh! lol Never would have thought of that! 🙂 I am a HUGE supporter of Gina K Designs, she is a lovely gal and her products never disappoint! I have been coloring my white pearls forever, I have also used Embossing Powder and Glossy Accents on them too, works like magic. TFS!!! xo~

  9. Beautiful and yet easy. The technique to remove the ink was a great idea. I love Gina K inks and they are always sharp. Thank you for sharing your beautiful cards today.

  10. I am always charmed by your ability to take the simplest stamps and come up with a background that is beautiful, and looks so perfectly balanced! I am not able to do this with all the planning and praying I do! Thank you for another great technique!

  11. Absolutely gorgeous cards! Wonderful technique & video, Jennifer! I love Laurie’s work, too & fun to see how she inspired you!

  12. These are so beautiful! I love how you matted the center of your panel with a matching cardstock color. Thanks for sharing you tips on creating our own layering stamps 🙂

  13. Such beautiful, summery cards! And great ideas to stretch the uses of our stamps. You’re so innovative and creative! Thank you for sharing your gifts with us.

  14. Beautiful cards ! Thanks a lot for sharing, as well as for the video ! I also love the how you put dimension on the card by cutting the rectangles and putting foam + coloured cardstock underneath <3

  15. Jennifer,
    I’ve done this idea before and it is beautiful. I love how you use the craft foam for more dimension. I have most of Gina K’s inks and they are wonderful to work with. I just saw a Facebook live with Gina and her daughter Rina and they were saying how versatile these inks are to use. I also have her new TV stamp set with the two and three step stamping which I’m crazy about. The cards came out beautifully!

  16. You’ve done it again! How do you think of all these things to do? Your custom stamp layering video was amazing and shows how we can get much more use out of those regular stamps. I loved those cards and plan on making some for my upcoming craft sale. Thank you for all you do!

  17. Great idea Jennifer, I have a few solide stamps and don’t use them often because they are solid and I always thought that I had to use them like that. You showed that I can stamp like they are layered. Thank you so much, this gives me again a lot of opportunities with my stamps. You are so clever when it comes to stretching your supplies. Have a nice weekend.

  18. Another innovative technique! You never cease to amaze me. This is so gorgeous, and I actually think I can do it — at lease I can’t wait to give it a try!

  19. Wow. I will be looking at my solid stamps in a different way now. I love the layered look and using a matching card stock for a small border. Beautiful cards.

  20. Oh My Goodness! This is genius. I don’t know where you come up with all these fabulous techniques and ideas! I have a few layering sets, but don’t have a lot of colors of coordinating inks and this helps a ton. I have done some 2nd generation stamping for the first layer and then full strength for the second and that works sometimes very well, but this idea of removing the ink to get the layers is amazing. Thanks for another fabulous video and inspiration.

  21. Beautiful, every technique you show is my new favourite , I watch my emails daily to see when your new video up, I think I’ve become a bit of JM stalker

  22. Wonderful tips as always, Jennifer! I really love the images from the Gina K Kit. I was wondering if these stamps will ever be sold separately, do you know?

    Thank you.

  23. Amazing as always, absolutely LOVE these cards and the technique. You are so clever Jennifer, so many ideas just flow from you! Beautiful cards ♥️. I am already such a big fan of Laurie, not only is she hugely hugely talented, she is such a lovely person too. Lisa xx

  24. Your cards are always so beautiful! I love this technique and can’t wait to try it out. The coral and peach colors you used are gorgeous!

  25. You always make beautiful cards and the techniques are so easy. I really love that you show us how to get the most from our existing stamps, but still show us all these great new products!

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