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Blending Multi-Step Stamps

Multi-Step Stamping

Hi All,

There are so many multi-step stamps on the market right now. I really like them because you can get a dimensional image by just stamping instead of coloring. However, I find that if you add a little bit of water, you go from 2D to looking 3D. I used this technique with both the flower and the hummingbird. Here are a couple of close-up photos:

Multi-Step Stamping

Multi-Step Stamping

It doesn’t take much extra effort at all, but the results are dramatic. Notice that I reused two of the same colored in each image: Barn Door and Peeled Paint. That way, the images complement each other.

We are in full back-to-school swing – they both start on Monday. Although it was nice to have time off from being a mom-taxi, I’m looking forward to getting some uninterrupted craft time back. 🙂

Enjoy the video!



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Picture Perfect
Picture Perfect
Artful Flowers
SSS Artful Flowers
Worn Lipstick Distress Ink
Worn Lipstick
Barn Door Distress Ink
Barn Door
Fired Brick Distress Ink
Fired Brick
Bundled Sage Distress Ink
Bundled Sage
Peeled Paint Distress Ink
Peeled Paint
Forest Moss Distress Ink
Forest Moss Distress Ink
Antique Linen Distress Ink
Antique Linen
Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Tim Holtz Bricked Embossing Folder
Distress Markers
Copic Black Liner
Copic .3 Black Liner
Hero Hues Black
Hero Hues Black
Stampin' Up! Aqua Painter
Aqua Painter
Canson Mix Media Paper
Canson Mix Media Paper
Hero Arts Black Notecards
Hero Arts Black Notecards
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on August 17th, 2016 at 7:49 am


    Love the way you’ve blended the Distress Inks. This really makes a big difference. Question: Can I substitute some of the Distress Ink colours with Distress Markers by applying the Distress Markers directly to the stamp and huffing on it before stamping? A few of my Distress marker colours fill in some of the gaps of my Distress Ink colours.

    • wrote on August 18th, 2016 at 8:20 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Connie, yes you could definitely do that!

      • wrote on August 18th, 2016 at 8:46 pm


        Thought so but wanted ‘the voice of the master’! Thanks! ?

        • wrote on August 20th, 2016 at 7:11 pm

          Darlene DeVries

          lol Connie. 🙂

  2. wrote on August 17th, 2016 at 8:02 am


    Absolutely beautiful! The blending with the water brush makes the colors mimic real life, and the walnut stain layer on the hummingbird makes him leap off the page!

  3. wrote on August 17th, 2016 at 8:02 am


    Very beautiful card! I’m more of a cutesy kind of card person, but I enjoy watching other people bring images to life especially through these layering stamps that are out now. I do love to listen to your explanations on how to do each step. Thanks for sharing!!

  4. wrote on August 17th, 2016 at 1:48 pm


    Ohh!! what a beautiful card, I never thought of blending the distress inks and always got pretty frustrated with the image they leave on water color paper.
    Thank you for this fabulous tip Darlene and for sharing your gorgeous card.

  5. wrote on August 17th, 2016 at 1:57 pm


    This is beautiful. I was surprised to see what a big difference a bit of blending makes! I will be trying this with my layered stamps from now on.

  6. wrote on August 17th, 2016 at 3:48 pm


    I think I’ve had the same complaint about layering stamps as you, Darlene. They just usually strike me as rather graphic-looking, not a smooth and natural blend. I really love how you did this card! Great idea to use the Walnut Stain on the hummingbird at the end, too–really makes him pop. Good luck with your mom-taxi “business” this year! LOL My mom is starting her 30th year of teaching (in Texas) this year. She is going to retire after this. She does enjoy her work, but she will be 80 years young in October, and figures it’s time to do something else! Hope y’all have a great beginning to the school year! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  7. wrote on August 17th, 2016 at 7:11 pm


    Beautifully colored and fab idea to blend out those layers. I’ve seen many cards done with this stamp set but I think yours is the nicest one yet!

  8. wrote on August 18th, 2016 at 12:38 am

    Jan Castle


  9. wrote on August 18th, 2016 at 10:44 am


    That is so elegant. I love it.

  10. wrote on August 18th, 2016 at 11:33 am


    Sooooo beautiful, Darlene!!

  11. wrote on August 19th, 2016 at 8:35 am


    How beautiful! I never thought to blend the images like that & I can’t wait to try it. Thanks Darlene!

  12. wrote on August 19th, 2016 at 5:02 pm


    Thank you for the technique explanation. Makes the 3 step stamps more interesting!

  13. wrote on August 19th, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Brenda L.

    Simply Stunning Darlene!!! You make it look so easy. Hugs, Brenda

  14. wrote on August 20th, 2016 at 2:55 am


    Beautiful card Darlene. I love how you added that extra detail in both the hummingbird and rose. It’s too bad though that the stamp didn’t have like a hint of the hummingbirds second wing I don’t know why that looks a little weird to me lol. But none the less it is a beautiful card and you did a wonderful job on putting them together. I’ve never had much luck with making hummingbirds and flowers look right together when I put them to paper. Lol I know weird right? I will have to get some practice in ?

  15. wrote on August 20th, 2016 at 8:43 am


    Absolutely gorgeous. Love, love, love it. Great video! (as always)

  16. wrote on August 20th, 2016 at 10:24 am


    Your card is gorgeous! I will definitely give this technique a try. Thanks!

  17. wrote on August 23rd, 2016 at 2:09 pm


    Love these tips on blending, makes a beautiful image!

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