Creating Shadows with Stamping

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Hi, Danielle here to share a fun technique with you… using stamps to create a “shadow” effect underneath a die cut. All you will need is a piece of watercolor paper, stamps, an ink pad, some water, and a paintbrush!

First, I chose a stamp set and coordinating die by Papertrey Ink called Brushed Blooms. I cut out one of the large blooms with the die using a Cuttlebug machine. I also have a piece of watercolor paper from the craft store that is trimmed to 5.5″ high x 3.75″ wide and a piece of black & white patterned paper by Papertrey Ink that is A2 size: 5.5″ x 4.25″.

step1-shadow card

Next, I’ll use the stamp set to stamp the flowers and leaves onto the die cut.

step2 - shadow card

I’ll also stamp the large leaves/stem onto the watercolor paper with the same Simply Chartreuse ink color, placing it slightly underneath where I will want the finished stamped flower to go. It’s ok if the stamped image looks blotchy, because next we are going to take a paintbrush and a tiny bit of water and just smooth out the image. You can add a little bit of water around it also to help it blend; start with a small amount of water and dab the extra off with a paper towel if you get too much.

stamp onto watercolor paper

Smooth out the image with water and a clean paintbrush.


Add the finished stamped die cut over the top!

I also stamped a sentiment with the Brushed Blooms stamp set in black ink and attached the finished card front to the striped patterned paper. Last, everything is attached to a card base.


I love this effect and can’t wait to see you give it a try! Be sure to link up your stamped shadow cards in the comments, so I can see what you are making! Have a great day!


10 thoughts on “Creating Shadows with Stamping

  1. Diana K says:

    What a gorgeous card, Danielle. I will definitely be trying this technique at home 🙂 It adds so much depth and interest to your card.

  2. Judy Hawk Estrada says:

    Very lovely card! What an awesome technique Danielle ! It really just makes it pop. Thank you for the idea & the share of the technique!

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