Shadow stamping technique

I’m back again with a mini tutorial after my exams have ended! Today, I’m going to show you how to obtain a shadow using your stamps, as seen in the featured photo above. This is a very simple technique, and all you need is:

  • A clear stamp of your choice, to allow proper positioning
  • 2 ink pads of your choice, one lighter and one darker
  • Surface you want to stamp on

I am working on a small note card here, stamping the “hello you” sentiment onto the card front. The colours I picked for this project are tone on tone, i.e. they are different shades of the same colour but you can pick any combination of colours you wish.

Step 1: Stamp down your first ink layer. I’m working with the lighter colour first because I find it easier to align the stamp when I layer down the second ink layer (it’s less distracting!).

First layer of shadow stamping

Here’s a closer view of the light stamping. If you find the light colours difficult to see, you can enlarge the photo by clicking on it.

light stamping

Stamp 2: Stamp down your second layer of ink with a little bit of offset by looking through the stamp and stamping block to achieve the desired amount of offset. You can choose to offset left/right, up/down, or both. I did different combinations of offset in the photo below. You don’t need to be too particular about the placement of your stamps because it will turn out great in the end.

second layer of ink

Here’s a closer look at the offset:

shadow stamping closeup

Hope you enjoy this mini tutorial! This simple technique added some much needed oomph to my little note cards and now they are ready to be written in and given to others!

Supplies used: paper – drawing block, cut to size | stamp – Technique Tuesday Pure Magic by Ali Edwards | ink pads – Versacolour seafoam (138), indigo (27), sky gray (81), black (82), bisque (182); Versafine vintage sepia |


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