Reason 289: Clear stamps rock

Yep, once again, I’m here with another reason I think clear stamps are great.

I present to you….

drum roll please…..

the Reverse Color Instensity technique.  🙂

What in the “gosh buggers” is that you ask?

Ok, I know it’s a total mouthful. But it’s simple, really. It’s the three shades of one color scheme I have going on here with this little Love You card.


To do this technique, you will need a clear stamp (words and solid shapes work the best for this technique) and one (just one) ink pad

First, ink up your stamp. This is the only time you will ink up your stamp for this technique so make sure it’s fully inked, but not overinked. I recommend tapping the pad on your stamp rather than tapping your stamp into the ink pad.

Next, stamp the image once onto a piece of  cardstock.

Now, stamp the image a second time, directly above the first image. 

Then, stamp the image one more time. This time, stamp it above the second image.

The end result: Three shades of color from one ink pad. 🙂


I know, I know. This look could be achieved with rubber stamps, too. But I personally find it easier to pull this one off  with clear stamps. It’s easier to line up the stamp fast, plus there’s less fussing needed on my part.  😉

The Love stamp here (along with the you and heart stamps) are from Technique Tuesday’s Big Mouth clear stamp set. The inks are from Marvy. The patterned paper is from Scenic Route.

Have a great day! 



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