Set Back Stamping Technique


Happy Friday, stamping friend! I thought I’d share a technique I recently learned, called the set back stamping technique. It’s quite easy to do; all you need is a stamp with a coordinating die. For my card, I chose the Rooted in Nature stamp set and the Nature’s Roots Framelits Dies. I can’t believe these only came out this June – I feel like I’ve been stamping with them a lot longer than that! But the good news is, since they did just ‘debut’ in the Annual catalogue this year, you can purchase them as a Bundle, and save yourself 10%!


Set Back Stamping Technique

You can see how the stamping is ‘set back’ below the die cut; that’s where the name set back stamping technique!


Score and fold your 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ Whisper White cardstock at 4 ¼”. This is your card base.

  1. Place your card base in the Stamparatus, and hold in place with 1 magnet.
  2. Place the tall tree image stamp from Rooted in Nature, and the sentiment from All the Good Things stamp set on top of your card base, so that you’re happy with the placement. (see completed card front picture for reference).
  3. Close the stamp platform over the stamps, open it, and ink up both stamps with the Tranquil Tide ink.
  4. Close the Stamparatus platform on the card base, pressing down on the stamps firmly, to ensure transfer of ink. (you can see that I should have inked & stamped the sentiment twice. either that, or reinked my ink pad!)
  5. Open platform, leaving stamps in place. Remove the card base, and replace it with the 4 ¼” x 5 ½” Balmy Blue cardstock piece.
  6. Repeat the inking and stamping of the images as above, this time on the blue cardstock. This ensures that the image and sentiment are stamped in the exact same place on both the card base, and the blue cardstock.
  7. Trim the Balmy Blue cardstock down to 2 ¼” wide and leave it at 5 ½” long. You will cut off part of the stamped tree image – that’s meant to happen.
  8. Use the liquid glue to attach the Basic Black cardstock panel to the back of the now trimmed Balmy Blue cardstock. Press down to make sure they are attached.
  9. Use the Big Shot with the matching tree die from the Nature’s Roots Framelits set to die cut the tree from the blue & black layers. To hold the Framelit in place, you could use a Post-it Note, or a piece of washi tape. Run through the Big Shot back & forth, to make sure it has cut through both layers.
  10. Attach Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the 2 die cut pieces of blue & black cardstock. Make sure to place Dimensionals close to all edges; use the Paper Snips if you have to cut some into smaller pieces.
  11. Remove backing from the Dimensionals, and line up the pieces on either side of the stamped tree on the card base. Ensure that the pieces on both sides of the tree are lined up equally.

Now you can see that the stamping looks ‘set back’ from the rest of the card front, thanks to the raised, framed die cut pieces.


Here’s some ‘visual aid’, so you can see the steps I detailed above.

The picture below shows step #10 – where the tree image is die cut from the Balmy Blue/Basic Black layers.

Set Back Stamping Technique

This next picture shows a close up of step #12, so you can see how the die cuts ‘surround’ the stamped image. Using the Stampin’ Dimensionals or Foam Adhesive Strips pop the die cut layers above the stamped image.

Set Back Stamping Technique


With so many Bundles, and stamp sets with coordinating framelits available, have fun and try out this step back stamping technique! Have some fun with the Alpine Adventures bundle, or the pretty Beautiful Baubles. Of course, the new holiday Winter Woods  bundle would be gorgeous, as well.

To order the supplies that I used for my card, click on the product images below. Shopping online is quick, easy and available 24/7! You can also add other products you may need to your cart as well – browse around! Be sure to check out the brand new, limited time release Snowflake Showcase, too. Now those would be wonderful for doing this set back stamping technique!


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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

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