3 Ways To Use Clear Block Stamping To Add Quick Color To Your Cards

By | 09/29/2020

The Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge for this week is a classic sketch.  It used to be my go-to card layout.  I varied it by changing where I placed the squares on the card, but I have made many cards with this favorite sketch!

3 ways to use clear block stamping to get quick color on your card


I actually have a video to share with you today to show you how to use this clear block stamping 3 different ways for 3 completely different looks.

For the first look, I stuck to the sketch and just inked up the block and stamped it on the paper overlapping my colors.

3 ways to use clear block stamping to get quick color on your card

I never try to get a perfectly stamped look with the block.  I think part of the reason I like it is the mottled pattern of ink that you get.  I love this look!

I’ve used Catherine Pooler’s Eucalyptus, Mandarin Spice, Sauna, and Icing on the Cake inks.  I’ve used her Leaf Motif and Autumn is Calling stamp sets as well.

3 ways to use clear block stamping to get quick color on your card

The second card is my favorite block layout pattern.  I offset the middle block, still overlapping the ink colors, but I like this much better.  I also stamped off my clear block before stamping it on my card front.  My ink pads are pretty freshly re-inked so they are nice and juicy.  To get a softer look, I inked up the block and stamped it on scrap paper and then on my card front.  This is called stamping off or 2nd generation stamping.

I did my third card the same way, except after stamping it off I spritzed it with a couple squirts of water from my distress sprayer and then stamped it on my card front.

3 ways to use clear block stamping to get quick color on your card

This technique gives you a nice smooth ink stamping look from your blocks with a little watercolor effect.  I quite like this one. I got a few stray spots of ink on the card so I added some splatter to make them look intentional!

Here is a video tutorial for this technique:


No matter which way you do this or what sized block you use, it is an easy way to get background color on to your card front.  It’s a nice way to do silhouette stamping with a solid image stamp in a dark color on top or positioned slightly off the ink color block.

There are just so many possibilities with this technique!

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I would love for you to leave a comment and let me know if you have tried this technique or card layout.  Do you have a favorite way of using it?

Thank you so much for stopping by!!  Have a fabulous day!

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