Create Soft Stamped Background with Secondary Stamping Technique

by Lori Warren

There is something so beautiful about a soft, watercolor background. Especially when paired with a bold stamped sentiment in black, it really creates a striking contrast. The Secondary stamping technique also used on this card was the perfect way to enhance the watercolor background with muted florals.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes



Step 1

Apply Memento ink in Sweet Plum and Elderberry directly to the craft mat, spray with water and then place cardstock panel directly into the wet ink.

Step 2

Repeat step one with additional Memento ink colors. Here I used Memento in London Fog which is a nice gray.

Step 3

Stamp flowers onto cardstock panel (ink up stamp, stamp off ink using scrap paper, then stamp onto cardstock panel). The second generation stamping is what is left on the stamp when you stamp off the card. When you use this, it gives the stamp a ghost-like look.

Step 4

Stamp the sentiments, “you’re amazing” and “it’s your day!” along with the calendar images with Memento in Tuxedo Black.

Step 5

Stamp small circle stamp around the “day” of the birthday. With this design, the circle is on the 7th.

Step 6

Edge panel with Memento in London Fog.

Step 7

Tie sheer ribbon between sentiment and calendar images.

Step 8

Adhere the card and ribbon to the card base with Tear It Tape.

Step 9

Stamp birthday month “October” and the word “birthday” to the right of calendar image, vertically.

Step 10

Embellish with adhesive gems.


  • Waffle Flower – Little Gifts, Calendar Stamp Set, In Every Way
  • Celebrate It – Sheer Gray Ribbon
  • Cardstock – purple, white
  • Adhesive Pearls

2 thoughts on “Create Soft Stamped Background with Secondary Stamping Technique

  1. Pingback: Second-hand stamp technique – Confessions of a Stampo'holic

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