Wet stamping & faux stained glass

I got inspired by a card I saw in last month's CardMaker magazine where they showed a stained glass technique. I experimented on my own and came up with this and thought I would share how it came together. A list of the supplies is at the bottom of this post.

First, I wanted to stamp a simple background for the textured white cardstock area, but didn't want to simply stamp it straight on there, so I experimented with Twilight re-inker and a little water in a cup. Then I dipped my stamp in there, stamped off onto scrap once, then onto the cardstock. It gave it just the right look. Sort of watery and cold. I used my stipple brush to sweep in a little more color around the edges, then finished off with my finger dauber and the Twilight stamp pad to darken up the edges more. You can click on the photo to see an enlarged view of the detail.

I used Twilight cardstock for the card base, a striped paper, then Tulip cardstock and my newest Martha Stewart border punch.

I've had this box of laser printer transparency film in my desk for over ten years. I discovered that there is an emulsion side and a smoother side to this stuff. And I also found that you can stamp and emboss on the emulsion side for the best results. So I stamped the image with VersaMark, then sprinkled it with black embossing powder, heated that sucker up and voila! I was pleased.

But then, I got to thinking how my paper choices didn't really work with that black, so instead I tried silver embossing powder and that did the trick.

On a piece of plain white cardstock, I stamped the ornament again using a very light gray so it wouldn't show up too much. (Gray Flannel).

I colored in the sections of the stamped image using the brush tip of the markers. Here I used Hollyhock, Creme Brulee, Twilight, and Juniper. Notice I stamped the topper to the ornament separately due to the fact that it would be nearly impossible to get the same positioning as the one I embossed. I figured I can piece that later and the position will be right on the money.

I cut out both the colored images and the embossed transparency and adhered them with Liquid Glass on the areas that wouldn't show through; under the silver embossing.

Now that we have all our pieces, it's time to assemble the card. I added a Hollyhock ribbon across that piece of Tulip cardstock.

I popped up the ornament using foam tape which really gave it some dimension. And as you can see, I stamped and embossed Merry Christmas in silver on the card, which I would recommend doing way back at the beginning after stamping the snowflakes and letting them dry. Believe me, I was holding my breath when I did this at the end. So, don't do as I do, do as I say. Thanks for looking!

Materials list:
• D1389 Ornate Ornaments stamp set
• X7115B Jingle Level 2 paper (stripe)
• X5666 Twilight cardstock
• X5753 Tulip cardstock
• White Daisy textured X5671 and plain cardstock 1385
• Z1122 Hollyhock Ribbon Rounds
• Markers: Hollyhock Z2328, Juniper Z2365, Creme Brulee Z2367, and Twilight Z2360
• Z669 Silver embossing powder
• Z2260 Twilight re-inker
• Z2124 Gray Flannel stamp pad
• Z891 VersaMark ink pad
• Z555 Craft Heater
• Z679 Liquid Glass
• Z1151 Foam Tape

All items are from Close To My Heart and can be ordered on my CTMH website.


  1. This is fantastic!!!I have seen this set every time I look at the catalog but what you did with it wow! Thanks for voting at Torendi! Beth aka BR-T

  2. Very cool, mommy! I hope I can see it IRL Saturday!!!

  3. Great idea, love how it looks with the clear embossed over the colors. That's a good one for the November class?? glad you started the blog now I can see your work more often. See you soon DiAnn

  4. what a gorgeous card, this technique comes out beautiful...have a wonderful weekend!

    enjoy *~*

  5. Amazing! Love the tutorial (Yes, I'm a visual learner!) Your halloween treats are just adorable - I love the tic-tac holders and am planning to "R&D" (rip-off and duplicate) those for my open stamping group - if you don't mind? I will have to try the stain glass technique you shared - beautiful results!
    Thank you!!


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