Dylusions – Shadow Stamping

In this video, Dyan Reaveley demonstrates the stamping technique called shadow stamping using her Dylusions products – spray inks and stamps.

You will need:

  • A solid stamp
  • Grid block
  • Black ‘Archival Ink’ or other permanent stamp pad
  • 3 spray ink colours for the background (Dyan uses Melted Chocolate, Squeezed Orange and Pure Sunshine)
  • An art journal or 2 pieces of paper
  • Heat Gun
  • Paper Towel
  • Non-stick craft mat
  • White pen


  • spray puddles of colour onto the paper using the 3 ink colours – use the darker colour across the top and down the left hand side of the page. Having the darker colour where you are going to stamp adds to the shadow effect.
  • move the page around so the colours run and blend – if it doesn’t run, you need to add more ink
  • now shut the book or layer another piece of paper over the page to use the extra ink and create a second background page. This can be used as a double page or later as the beginning of another project.
  • blot and clean up with the paper towel
  • mount your stamp on a grid block and ink it up
  • start stamping across the top and down the left side of the page – re-ink you stamp each time
  • now to give the shadow effect, start stamping (without re-inking) in between each image and about 1″ out. Keep working around the page until there isn’t any ink left on the stamp. This gives the impression that they are in the background and adds depth.
  • Gently dry with your heat gun and then use a white pen to add detail or doodle on the stamped images – but only the darkest ones not the shadow images

At the end, Dyan also shows some examples of this technique and how to use it on a tag.

Other videos by Dyan you might like to check out, demonstrate ghosting and bleach out techniques. You can also click on the link to find some other cool stamping videos.


K xoxo

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