Monday, October 1, 2012

Tutorial - Stamping On Photos

This week I am the Featured Designer for Mark's Finest Papers, a Heinrich Company over on the company blog and will be posting a tutorial on how to stamp on photographs easily.

Stamping On Photos
Mark's Finest Papers, a Heinrich Company Stamps
Scenic Selections
Tree Greetings
Silhouette Mini Selections
Tree Selections Mini
Hey Cowboy
Pallet Noir Burnt Umber Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Glue Dots
Photocopy paper
Card Stock

Have you ever wanted to try your hand stamping images onto photographs?  I know I have, especially having had a grandfather who was an amateur photographer.  Stamping on photos is really easy, you just have to remember a few simple things.  First, you need to select some photos appropriate for your project, then scan them into your computer, and print out onto photocopy paper.  I have found that working with photocopy paper is easier, and the stamped images come out crisper and much easier to see.  Also, using photocopy paper allows your stamped ink to be absorbed more easily instead of using glossy or matte photo paper or also when using card stocks.  Otherwise, your stamp will remove the printer ink directly from the photo.  For this tutorial, I am using a photograph taken by my grandfather in the foothills of California's Sierra Nevada mountains.

*TIP: I have found it easier to work with 3x5 photographs instead of larger or smaller ones due to stamp sizes.

Once you have printed out your photos, stamp your foreground images in memento or pallet inks directly onto the photograph. 

 Then stamp the background images using the same type of ink.

Once you are done stamping, layer your photo onto matching card stock.

Stamp a matching border directly onto the card for added effect.

Now add your layered photograph and add any additional elements to your card.

Now add your saying.

I hope you will give stamping on photographs a try.  It is really easy and not as intimidating as it looks.  Below I've attached some additional samples.




  1. Wow, Bonnie, what an awesome technique. I've seen some pretty postcards that I thought would look wonderful with some images, and now I am going to give it a try with your directions. Thanks so much for sharing - it really looks awesome - your cards are so very pretty.

  2. Your cards are fabulous, Bonnie. And thanks for the great tutorial/tips on this cool technique!