Cardmaking, EBE by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen, General, Hello Monday, Stamping


Julie is here to show how to get more mileage from your stamps using the kissing technique!

Hello, there!  Julie on the blog today to share a fun technique for adding texture and pattern directly to your solid stamps! 



  • This technique can be done with most types of inks, however, if using “juicy” water-based dye inks, you may want to absorb excess ink from the ink pad surface using scrap paper or clean paper towel, to reduce slippage.
  • You can use a clean detail image to “lift” color from a preinked solid stamp OR you can ink your solid stamp with the lighter/lightest ink color, then transfer the detail images using darker/darkest ink colors.
  • Experiment to find color combos that give you the best results.
  • Clean AND dry stamps thoroughly in between impressions to paper and/or switching ink colors to avoid cross contamination of ink pads. I like to use two shammies; one for cleaning ink off the stamp and the other for drying it. 
  • When working with solid stamps, it helps to have a cushioned work surface to get complete, crisp impressions. In some instances slightly rocking larger solid stamps can also help (larger solid stamps have a larger surface area, and can sometimes need additional pressure to ensure contact with the paper across the entire surface area.)
  • White paint splatters on the card surface need to be completely dry before assembling; if you don’t have time to allow air-drying, apply a clean paper towel over top and press down carefully to absorb excess paint—avoid rubbing so you don’t smear paint around.


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