Ink Thumping Technique

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Article Courtesy; by Jennifer Sizemore

This technique is a beautiful way to bring more color to your stamped images and is easy to do. This technique works best on images that do not have many fine lines. To begin, gather your supplies: stamp, ink pad, cardstock, and colored markers. I prefer to use the brush-tip side of a marker, but a broad tip will work fine as well. For a softer look, you may use a water brush pen that has been inked.

  1. Ink your image with a stamp pad and turn it rubber side up on your craft surface.
  2. Choose your accent pen color - be sure it is darker or a contrast to the ink already on the image. Hold your marker like you would a drum stick and tap color from the marker onto the inked stamp. Repeat this process with several markers if you desire a more colorful image.
  3. Huff (breathe the "h" sound) on the inked image to moisten the ink and blend the colors a bit.
  4. Stamp the image onto cardstock and allow time to dry.

Thank You Card:



  • tree stamp: Paperbag Studios
  • quote stamp: Penny Black
  • dotted border stamp: Studio G
  • paper: SEI
  • inks: Stampin' Up
  • markers: Stampin' Up
  • linen thread
  • brads




  • flourish stamp: Inkadinkado
  • butterfly stamp: Inkadinkado
  • quote stamp: Penny Black
  • scalloped cardstock: DCWV
  • title: QuicKutz Ginger
  • fonts[K1]
  • ribbon
  • inks: Stampin' Up

Some alternate ideas and tips for using this technique:

  • Instead of using a marker, use a small ink pad to thump lightly onto an inked image.
  • Keep the image monochromatic and subtle by using a marker in the same color family as the inked image.
  • Make the effect pop by using colors that have high contrast.

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