Multi-Step Stamping with Balloon Celebration with video

Do you find that sometimes stamping can be a little complicated? I find that we often choose to avoid certain stamp sets due to the complicated nature of the process involved. One fine example is the use of the “Multi-Step Stamp set”. This stamping method is described as challenging from many crafters, me being amongst the many. I set a task for myself to investigate how to best make this type of stamp work for me and my card making. Today is the first in a technical series that will break down the process of how to get the best use of these stamps.


A simple card design will be a great start. My card base is 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, top folded and made of Thick Whisper White cardstock. I have layers of Soft Sky and Kraft that end in another piece of white cardstock. The color tones are kept soft in this project to better allow the stamping to show. I also used a variety of paper and colors, from gold foil, gray, vanilla, blue, kraft and white. Scrap cardstock works really great for this project.



My most important advice in this project is to practice on scrap paper. Lay out your stamps in the order they will be applied and get used to how they will lay on top of one another on the paper. Once I layed them out I used a pen to number my grid paper beside which stamp would be used first. Some stamp sets have the sequence of order labeled beside each stamp. My experience is that in some instances, I liked the order of stamping to change up a bit to fit my taste in design.

For the most part, this is the order in which I use the stamps:
#1 I first use the solid image, applied to paper AFTER I stamp off once. (I use the 2nd generation ink)
#2 Next is a stamp that gives definition with highlights or shading (I use the full ink generation)
#3 I use the outline image last, at full strength. Typically I use black to outline unless it takes away from the overall design

Often times, the designer of the stamp set has achived the design look in 1 of two different ways: either the images stamp in a precision manner (being applied at an exact spot) or it will carry a more artsy look (the images will not line up in precision no matter how much you try to make them line up). I don’t prefer one over another type, I find instead that the designer has taken the best option for this image and given it the proper choice. In the case of Balloon Celebration stamp set, I find it to be more of a precision type of image. There were actually 4 stamps used to achieve the final balloon look. To see which image I used and in what order, have a look at the video.


I made a video tutorial for this card project, CLICK HERE TO WATCH or watch below…

Here is a list of supplies I used to make this card project. Links are here that you can click to get product info and purchase items as well. Thank you for your support with your purchase 🙂

Thank you for visiting my blog today. Using the Multi-Step stamps is easy, when the technique is broken down. If you try using this method, please do share your card! Feel free to email me a pic and I will feature it here online 🙂 Stay tuned next week for the next card project in this series.   In the meantime, I hope you find a simple card design and make it your own.  Lets make it together!

-Jenny Hall
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Are you interested in purchasing one of the finished cards I have featured on a blog post? Visit my Etsy shop at for a small selection. If the card you are looking for is not there, drop me a note and I will place it in the shop for you. -Jenny xoxo



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Item Description Retail Price Sale Price
145372 Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies—set of 12 dies which includes four circles, ovals, and squares $30 USD/ $40 CAD No discount
142069 (HC p. 11) Greetings From Santa Wood-mount Stamp Set $27 USD/ $35 CAD $20.25 USD/ $26.25 CAD
143269 (HC p. 11) Greetings From Santa Clear-mount Stamp Set $19 USD/ $25 CAD $14.25 USD/ $18.75 CAD
142114 (HC p. 15) Hang Your Stocking Photopolymer Stamp Set $21 USD/ $26 CAD $15.75 USD/ $19.50 CAD
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142142 (HC p. 23) Merry Mice Wood-mount Stamp Set $23 USD/ $30 CAD $17.25 USD/ $22.50 CAD
142145 (HC p. 23) Merry Mice Clear-mount Stamp Set $17 USD/ $22 CAD $12.75 USD/ $16.50 CAD
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141859 (AC p. 61) Baby Bear Photopolymer Stamp Set $26 USD/ $32 CAD $19.50 USD/ $24 CAD
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  • Stitched Shapes Framelits available beginning November 1, 2016
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  • Ordering Deadline (25% off stamp sets): November 30, 2016, by 11:50 PM (MT)

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