to create the look of old world stained glass with your
stamping projects. Choose art-stamps suitable for the stained
glass look. Either a specially designed stained glass image
or an image that has large interior spaces in the design.
H O O S I N G P A P E R
a colorful paper as background, such as gift bag, a glossy
magazine page, a calendar page, etc. Stamp in black, and
emboss with black powder. (We suggest using a black pigment
ink because it is very wet, allowing the powders to stick
well.) Remember to leave at least a ¾" margin around the
outside of your stamped image so you have room to cut and
mount the piece. Cut the image out and mount it on cardstock.
PAPER: Semi-transparent paper, also called drafting
vellum. Stamp the design in black ink on vellum paper. Heat
emboss using black powder. Turn the paper over and use markers to color in the design. Because the vellum
paper is slightly transparent light passes through the paper
showing the color, even though you applied the color from
the back side. Vellum can be used for a brass stencil design
and mounted like stained glass. Try using colored pencils
to emboss instead of your burnisher.
FILM SHEETS: You must use copier or laser ready
clear sheets, able to withstand heat for the embossing process.
If you have trouble with the powder sticking to the clear
sheet, wipe it with a fabric softener sheet to reduce static.
Stamp the image in black (be careful when using pigment
ink, this surface is very slippery.) Emboss the image with
clear powder. Color in the design on the front side with
markers. Use clear embossing powder and
sprinkle over the entire design, covering all areas you
have colored in. Heat emboss the entire design from beneath
to give it a glassy look.
COLORED CARDSTOCK: Try stamping a stained glass image on dark paper. Use
clear embossing ink to stamp, and then heat emboss with
white or metallic powder. To color, use chalk. Apply chalk
heavily, sponging on repeatedly. The effect is very elegant,
giving a texture almost like suede.
D E A S F O R M O U N T I N G
A TRI-FOLD CARD (3 panel): Cut out frame in the
center panel with an X-Acto® knife. Mount the transparency
on the backside of middle panel cut out, using double stick
tape. Looking at the card from the front center panel, fold
over the right panel to cover the back side of your cut
out frame. Use double stick tape or glue to hold the panel
down. If you want the light to shine through the stained
glass design, cut two of the same frames on both the center
and right panels, mounting the stained glass piece in between.
A REGULAR BLANK GREETING CARD (2 panel): Cut a frame
out of the front and tape down stained glass piece from
the back side. Line the back side with another piece of
A SEPARATE PIECE OF CARDSTOCK: Cut out frame in
the center of both pieces (or from both panels if using
a folded card) Mount the stained glass design between the
two pieces, lining up the two frame cut outs one on top
of another. Try black cardstock for your frames. It gives
the stained glass a very dramatic emphasis.
See related tips for techniques
for each kind of stained glass material:
Glass: Transparancy (Acetate)
Stained Glass: Vellum
Stained Glass: Pinstripe Vellum