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Stampbord Inspiration

2 Comments22 October 2015  |  Lesley Wharton

In this month's issue of the Year of Stamping online magazine I have written a technique article all about Stampbord and Judith kindly helped out with two beautiful samples. Although these both feature our October stamp, they would work equally well with other Chocolate Baroque stamps.

Triptych Card


  • Small Mushroom Garden stamp
  • Amazing Birthday stamp set
  • Small Kraft card blank
  • Scrap of dark brown card
  • Archival Potting Soil inkpad
  • Memento Espresso Truffle inkpad
  • Clear embossing powder
  • 3 x domino sized Stampbord pieces
  • Golden acrylic paint in various colours
  • Matte medium



  1. Emboss the sentiment onto the card blank using Memento Espresso Truffle ink and clear embossing powder.
  2. Cut a piece of dark brown card 4.5cms wide and adhere to the card blank, trim to fit the width of the card.
  3. Lay the small mushroom stamp face up on your work surface, and ink it up with Archival Potting Soil ink.
  4. Press the three sections of Stampbord onto the stamp firmly, and gently peel away, taking care not to smudge the stamped impression.
  5. Heat set the images with a heat gun.
  6. Decant a small amount of your chosen colours of acrylic paint onto a craft mat, and spritz with water.
  7. Using a water brush, paint the images, and heat set with a heat gun.
  8. Add shading with a dark brown tone of acrylic paint. Dry with a heat gun, before adding a layer of matte medium all over the three pieces of Stampbord. Leave to dry.
  9. Adhere to the card with strong double-sided tape, leaving a small gap between each piece.

ATC Book


  • Large Mushroom Garden stamp
  • Autumn Edges stamp set
  • Autumn Hedgerow stamp set
  • Autumn Poppy stamp set
  • Nature's Peace stamp set
  • Brushos: Grey, Sandstone, Terracotta
  • Archival inkpads: Plum, Potting Soil 
  • Memento inkpad: Elderberry
  • Watercolour paper 10" x 3.5"
  • 2 x ATC sized pieces of Stampbord
  • Scratching tool
  • Large paintbrush and jar of water
  • Gold pen


  1. Sprinkle your chosen colours of Brushos onto a craft mat and spritz with water, lay the watercolour paper straight down onto the craft mat, and lift up again. Using the large paintbrush, blend the colour in even strokes horizontally across the page. Dry with a heat gun, and repeat the process on the other side of the paper, using the same Brushos that are already on your craft mat, there should be enough left to apply on the second side.
  2. Dip the Stampbord into the Brushos as well, picking more up from the craft sheet, using the paintbrush and the water if necessary, until you are happy with the finished result. 
  3. Dry everything with the heat gun.
  4. Lay the large Mushroom stamp face up on your craft table and ink it up with Archival Potting Soil ink, and then place first one piece of Stampbord onto the stamp, reink, then place the other onto the stamp, to gain an image. Dry both pieces with the heat gun. 
  5. Using a scratching tool, etch away some areas of the image to create highlights.
  6. Stamp the mushroom edge from the Autumn Edges stamp set onto both sides of the watercolour paper, using Archival Potting Soil ink. Add a mask, and add the other mushroom images where necessary. (You will not need to add so many on the back of the project).
  7. Stamp the sentiment using Archival Plum ink. Add a mask to the other mushroom stamps, and add the foliage from the Autumn Foliage stamp set using Archival Plum ink and Memento Elderberry ink.
  8. Score the water colour paper at 2.5", 5", and 7.5", then fold and crease firmly along the score lines, creating a 'W' shape with the watercolour paper.
  9. Using strong double-sided tape, stick the two outside panels to the reverse of the Stampbord ATC pieces. 
  10. If you wish, you can colour the edges of the Stampbord pieces with a gold pen before you assemble your book.








Thanks to Judith for these projects, I hope they have inspired you to try Stampbord, or to revisit your existing stash.

Carole Cann
22 October 2015  |  10:22

Hi Lesley and Judith.
These two projects are very attractive and the colours are lovely. I have only used Stampbord many years ago . Time to revisit I think. Thank you for reminding me of how lovely it can look, and of course, it works well with your new autumn stamps.
Best wishes

Elaine Garrett
22 October 2015  |  16:25

Two gorgeous projects Judith. I love the crispness of the triptych images on the card and the colours of your ATC books are really gorgeous, reminiscent of an autumn sunset. One of my favourite sentiments too. Elaine x