Cardmaking, Hello Monday

Two Step Stamping with Essentials by Ellen

Two-step stamps provide the best of both worlds—outline images that can be used on their own and colored in with any medium + coordinating solid filler images that you can also use for certain techniques that really do not work with outline imagery.  The solid images provide a quick and easy way to add color to your projects!

For today’s project, Julie is also combining an inset stamping method using the “negative space” from the coordinating dies.


  • Preplanning your project will give you the most optimal results; a trial run on scratch paper can be very helpful.
  • With inset stamping, it’s important that the top die-cut layer (with the negative spaces) have sufficient support across as much as of the surface as possible so more delicate areas do not sag.
  • Second generation impressions will expand your ink colors.
  • Stamping backgrounds using the same image as your focal, but with softer/paler colors, can provide interest and texture without detracting from your main focal.
  • You can “eyeball” two-step stamping most easily (and quickly!) if the filler are “offset” or not intended to be a “perfect” match to their outline counterparts.
  • You can also “eyeball” inset stamping, but if your hands are the least bit shaky, using a MISTI is the easiest way to guarantee accuracy.


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  • Reply Karthikha Uday September 16, 2019 at 6:51 am

    This is beautiful! Thank you for the tips 🙂

  • Reply waterhiker1 September 17, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Sooo many great techniques! LOVE the use of so many ideas that end up looking so cohesive and

  • Reply Martha R September 20, 2019 at 8:13 am

    Love the ideas you shared, Julie. Have a great day!

  • Reply Victoria Lynch September 20, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    Wow! I love this one! Some great tips that would never have occurred to me. Thank you, Julie! Keep ’em coming! 🙂

  • Reply Kari D September 23, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Eeek! love this card sketch!

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